Friday, October 1, 2010

From Fargo and Other Movies

John Carroll Lynch (b. 1963) is a gem of an actor.  He worked in the theater until the 1990s, when he started acting in films with Grumpy Old Men (1993). 

In 1996 he was cast in Beautiful Girls with Matt Dillon (b. 1964), and then in his big movie Fargo as Norm Gunderson the husband of the lead character, Marge, played by Frances McDormand (b. 1957).  And yet another 1996 hit, Feeling Minnesota with Keanu Reeves (b. 1964) and Cameron Diaz (b. 1974).

The next year he appears in Volcano with Tommy Lee Jones as the mass transit supervisor, and then in Face/Off with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage.

Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis in 1998, plus a Tom Hanks TV mini-series called "From the Earth to the Moon," which I thought was an important production.  It covered man's attempts at space travel, intertwined with making the early silent sci-fi movies of Georges Melies (1861 - 1938).

More parts, some small, in movies followed.  Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Gothika (2003), an Albert Brooks film called Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005), a strange revenge film with Clint Eastwood called Gran Torino (2008), and others.

He also worked in a few TV series'.  Regular work came in "The Drew Carey Show," "Carnivale," "Close to Home," and "K-Ville."

That's 82 roles in movies and TV, plus his work in the theater.  I like John Carroll Lynch.  He comes across as a regular guy, especially when you think of him painting a picture of a duck to obtain fame on a postage stamp in Fargo.

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