Finn Wittrock

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Finn Wittrock
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Wittrock at the 2015 PaleyFest
Peter Wittrock Jr.

(1984-10-28) October 28, 1984 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Feliz, California, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active2003–present
Sarah Roberts (m. 2014)

Peter "Finn" Wittrock, Jr.[1] (born October 28, 1984) is an American actor and screenwriter. He began his career in guest roles on several television shows. He made his film debut in 2004, in Halloweentown High before returning to films in the 2010 film Twelve. After studying theater at The Juilliard School, he was a regular in the soap opera All My Children from 2009 to 2011, while performing in several theatrical productions. In 2011, he performed in playwright Tony Kushner's Off-Broadway play The Illusion and made his Broadway debut in 2012 as Happy Loman in the revival of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, directed by Mike Nichols.

In 2014, he gained recognition for his roles in the films The Normal Heart, Noah, and Unbroken, and garnered a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role as Dandy Mott in the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 2015, he portrayed model Tristan Duffy and actor Rudolph Valentino in American Horror Story: Hotel, and starred in the ensemble cast of the dramedy film The Big Short. In 2016, Wittrock guest starred as Jether Polk in American Horror Story: Roanoke, and played Greg in Damien Chazelle's La La Land. In 2018, he portrayed murder victim Jeffrey Trail in the FX crime drama series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for which he received a second Emmy nomination.

Early life[edit]

Wittrock was born in Lenox, Massachusetts, the son of Kate Claire Crowley, a professor of occupational therapy at the University of Southern California, and Peter L. Wittrock, Sr., an actor. He has a younger brother named Dylan.[2] As a child, he grew up at the Shakespeare & Company theatre, where his father worked, and would often act as a pageboy or messenger.[3][4][5][6][7][8] As a teenager, he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he would act, make films and be a part of movement classes for actors.[9] After graduating from high school, he was accepted into The Juilliard School, but turned them down, hoping to get work in Los Angeles.

Wittrock acted in some episodes for television, but would often face rejection.[8] He auditioned for Juilliard the next year and was accepted again. He attended the school, where he was a member of the drama division's Group 37 (2004–2008). He was an active participant in the drama department and starred in several theatrical productions. He also won the Juilliard Journal Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Juilliard’s newspaper, The Juilliard Journal; and was the recipient of the drama division's Stephanie Palmer McClelland Scholarship.[10] He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008.[11]


At the end of high school, Wittrock appeared in guest stints on the police procedural series Cold Case and medical drama ER. He also made an appearance on CSI: Miami and in the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown High (2004) during his time at drama school. After graduating from Juilliard, he portrayed Romeo in Washington, D.C.'s regional theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet,[12] as well as playing the role of Eugene Marchbanks in the 2008 production of Candida at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.[13] He later portrayed Damon Miller in the long-running series All My Children from 2009 to 2011, portrayed Troilus in the 2009 Off-Broadway play The Age of Iron,[14] and appeared in the teen drama film Twelve (2010).

In 2011, Wittrock starred in the Off-Broadway play The Illusion by famous playwright Tony Kushner. Director Mike Nichols came to see the play and later told Wittrock to audition for producer Scott Rudin for their upcoming revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.[9] He got the part of Harold "Happy" Loman and made his Broadway debut in 2012 opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Nichols-directed play won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play[15] and Wittrock won a Theatre World Award[16] and the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer.[17] Later that year, he starred in a production of The Deep Blue at the Williamstown Theatre Festival directed by Bob Balaban.[18] He also appeared on series such as Harry's Law, Criminal Minds and played the role of gigolo Chance Wayne in the David Cromer-directed production of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth at The Goodman Theatre[19]

In 2013, he starred in the play adaptation of the film The Guardsman at The Kennedy Center, directed by Gregory Mosher.[20] He also guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and on several episodes of the series Masters of Sex.

In 2014, Wittrock first collaborated with director Ryan Murphy in the HBO television film The Normal Heart, based on the play of the same name. He also appeared in the films Winter's Tale and director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, playing a young Tubal-cain. He next collaborated with Murphy playing the integral part of Dandy Mott on American Horror Story: Freak Show, the fourth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story. For his performance, Wittrock received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.[21] Wittrock rounded out 2014 by starring as World War II Air Force bombardier Francis "Mac" McNamara in Angelina Jolie's biographical war drama film Unbroken, which revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini.

In 2015, Wittrock marked his third collaboration with Murphy as model Tristan Duffy and actor Rudolph Valentino in the fifth installment of American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel.[22] Also in 2015, he co-starred in Adam McKay's drama film The Big Short.[23] In 2016, Wittrock had a small role in the musical La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle,[24] and released in December.[25] He co-stars as Cassio alongside Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in the Sam Gold-directed production of William Shakespeare's Othello, which started its run on December 12 at the New York Theatre Workshop.[26]

In 2017, Wittrock returned to Broadway, in the Sam Gold-directed production of Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, opposite Sally Field and Joe Mantello. The play opened on March 23, 2017[27] and closed on July 2, 2017.[citation needed] That year, Wittrock also appeared in Gillian Robespierre's comedy film Landline. In 2018, he briefly played actor Tim Matheson in David Wain's comedy A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

Wittrock is set to star as Judy Garland's fifth and final husband Mickey Deans in the upcoming biopic Judy, directed by Rupert Goold.

In August 2018, he starred beside Kristen Stewart in the music video for Indie band Interpol's music video for "If You Really Love Nothing".[28][29]

In January 2019, it was announced that Wittrock will star in the upcoming Netflix drama series Ratched.[30]

Personal life[edit]

On October 18, 2014, Wittrock married his longtime girlfriend and fellow Juilliard graduate, Sarah Roberts, in a private ceremony.[31][32]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Halloweentown High Cody Trainer
2010 Twelve Warren
2014 Winter's Tale Gabriel
Noah Young Tubal-cain
Unbroken Francis "Mac" McNamara
2015 My All American Freddie Steinmark Lead role
The Submarine Kid Spencer Koll Lead role
The Big Short Jamie Shipley
2016 La La Land Greg Earnest
2017 Landline Nate
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Tim Matheson
Write When You Get Work Jonny Collins Lead role
If Beale Street Could Talk Hayward
2019 Locating Silver Lake Seth Main role
Plus One Steve
The Last Black Man in San Francisco Clayton
Big Boy Pants Kyle
Judy Mickey Deans
Semper Fi Jaeger
TBA Louie Roscoe Post-production
TBA A Mouthful of Air Ethan Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Cold Case Eric Whitley in 1976 Episode: "Look Again"
ER Thomas Yoder Episode: "Missing"
2004 CSI: Miami Chad Van Horn Episode: "Murder in a Flash"
2009–11 All My Children Damon Miller 112 episodes
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Danny Episode: "Rendition"
2012 Harry's Law Jimmy Cormack Episode: "New Kidney on the Block"
Criminal Minds Harvey Morell Episode: "True Genius"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cameron Tyler Episode: "Wonderland Story"
Masters of Sex Dale 4 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart Albert Television film
2014–15 American Horror Story: Freak Show Dandy Mott 12 episodes
2015 Deadbeat Max Episode: "The Polaroid Flasher"
2015–16 American Horror Story: Hotel Tristan Duffy 6 episodes
Rudolph Valentino 3 episodes
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Jether Polk 2 episodes
2018 The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Jeffrey Trail 4 episodes
2019 Alternatino with Arturo Castro Eddie Episode: "The Dreamer"
2020 Ratched N/A Upcoming Series


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Candida Eugene Marchbanks Berkshire Theatre Festival
Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Shakespeare Theatre Company
2009 The Age of Iron Troilus Classic Stage Company
2011 The Illusion Calisto / Clindor / Theogenes Signature Theatre Company
2012 Death of a Salesman Harold "Happy" Loman Ethel Barrymore Theatre
The Blue Deep Jamie Williamstown Theatre Festival
Sweet Bird of Youth Chance Wayne The Goodman Theatre
2013 The Guardsman The Actor The Kennedy Center
2016 Othello Michael Cassio New York Theatre Workshop
2017 The Glass Menagerie Jim O'Connor Belasco Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2012 Theatre World Awards Theatre World Award Death of a Salesman Won
Clarence Derwent Awards Most Promising Male Performer Won
2015 Dorian Awards We're Wilde About You Rising Star Award Himself Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries American Horror Story: Freak Show Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Favorite Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Big Short Nominated
National Board of Review Awards Best Ensemble Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Won
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Won
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated


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