Name:
Patrick Wilson
Birth Date:
July 3, 1973
Birth Place:
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Height:
6' 1
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Joseph Porter 'Joe' Pitt in TV mini series Angels in America (2003)
Profession:
actor, singer
Education:
Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida
BIOGRAPHY
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Vicomte Raoul de Chagny

Background:

"I would never 'abandon' Broadway. I do want to expand my horizons and do more film work, but I'm interested in good roles, wherever they may be. I will always come back, even if I went to LA for a job. I refuse to acknowledge the gap between theater and film. I want to do both, on both coasts. So I will...unless I never get a job again, in which case I'll go back to my first career choice: chimney sweep." Patrick Wilson

Trained stage actor Patrick Wilson, who was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award twice for his performance in the musicals “The Full Monty” (2000) and “Oklahoma!” (2002), received both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his turn as Joe Pitt, the closeted homosexual law clerk, in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America" (2003). Since then, he has transformed into a big screen star and is best remembered as Vicomte Raoul de Chagny in Joel Schumacher’s film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s internationally successful 1986 stage musical, The Phantom of the Opera (2004), the young, brash Colonel William Travis in the historical drama The Alamo (2004), and as Jeff Kohlver, the charming 30-something fashion photographer and a suspected sex predator, in the psychological thriller Hard Candy (2005).

Recently, Patrick’s impressive performance as Brad Adamson, a househusband and wannabe lawyer who has a romantic affair with Kate Winslet’s character in the Oscar-nominated Little Children (2006), won a Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance – Male. Next, he will play major roles in the upcoming films Purple Violets, Brothers Three: An American Gothic, Evening, Life in Flight, and Passengers.

As for his personal life, the 6' 1" tall, blue-eyed, dirty blonde player with a pleasant rock tenor reportedly dated actress Jennifer Love Hewitt in 2001. He is currently married to Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk and has one child with her.


Patrick Joseph

Childhood and Family:

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 3, 1973, Patrick Joseph Wilson grew up in St Petersburg, Florida. His father, John Wilson, is a TV anchorman in Tampa, and his mother, Mary K Wilson, is an accomplished opera singer and voice teacher. Patrick has two older brothers, Mark Wilson, a reporter and TV anchor, and Paul Wilson, who runs his own advertising company.

Patrick attended Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida. He later went to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Charles Willard Memorial Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Music Theatre. Patrick received his BFA in Drama in 1995.

On June 18, 2005, Patrick married Polish-American actress Dagmara Dominczyk, a fellow Carnegie Mellon graduate who played Edmond Dantès' beautiful fiancée Mercedes in the 2002 screen adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. Patrick and Dagmara welcomed their first child, a son named Kalin Patrick Wilson, on June 23, 2006. Patrick is the brother-in-law of actress Marika Dominczyk (born July 7, 1980), who is engaged to actor Scott Foley, the ex husband of "Alias" star Jennifer Garner.


The Full Monty

Career:

Soon after finishing his studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Patrick Wilson worked at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He subsequently moved to the Big Apple when he landed a role in a touring company of the musical "Miss Saigon" (1995). He recalled, "Six years ago, when I moved (to New York), I said the only things I wanted to do was originate the lead in a show, and if it was a musical, then do the recording, and get nominated for a Tony. So now that I've done all that, I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe I should dream higher."

Afterward, Patrick performed in a 15-month national tour in the Royal National Theatre's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" (1996-1997). In the musical, staged by Nicholas Hytner, Patrick took the lead role of Billy Bigelow, the carousel's barker. He followed it up with portraying a love-sick young reporter in "Lucky in the Rain" at the Goodspeed Opera House (1997) and then portrayed pianist Erwin 'Chopin' Bootz in Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s "Harmony." The musical, which was based on lives in pre WWII Germany, premiered in the fall of 1997 at the La Jolla Playhouse. The next year, Patrick got his first non-musical role in the six-hour stage version of John Irving's 1985 novel, "The Cider House Rules," at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Center.

During the rest of the 1990s, Patrick headlined the Off-Broadway stage musical "Bright Lights, Big City," at the New York Theater Workshop. In the play, adapted from Jay McInerney's 1984 novel, Patrick starred as Jamie, the fact-checker and aspiring writer. He also played the lead role of Romeo in Terrence Mann's musical version of "Romeo and Juliet," opposite Irene Molloy’s Juliet, and was a cast member of the brief-running Broadway musical "The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm."

Patrick got his first big break in the new millennium when he was handed the lead role in Broadway’s version of the 1997 Oscar-winning British comedy film, “The Full Monty,” which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Actor (Musical). Two years later, he got his second Best Actor (Musical) Tony nomination for his turn as cowboy Curly McLain in a revival of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein Il’s musical "Oklahoma," which was based on Lynn Riggs’ 1931 play "Green Grow the Lilacs."

"To be in a movie or a play, which doesn't require me to take off my clothes, unless, of course, I don't get another job... in which case I'll be half-naked and whole-heartedly depressed for the rest of my career." Patrick Wilson (on his 2003 resolution)

In 2003, Patrick was transformed into a TV star while portraying Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries version of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Angels in America," helmed by Mike Nichols. Acting opposite screen veterans Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, Patrick received nominations at the Golden Globes and the Emmy Awards for his solid performance as a Republican law clerk and the closeted homosexual husband of Mary-Louis Parker's pill-popping Harper. The miniseries itself has become the most watched made-for-cable movie of that year and won both the Golden Globe and Emmy for Best Miniseries.

Following his brilliant TV acting debut, Patrick was cast in native Texan filmmaker John Lee Hancock's historical drama about the legendary Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution in the spring of 1836, The Alamo (2004; alongside Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton), in which he co-starred as the young, brash Colonel William Travis. On his character in the film, Patrick commented, "He's painted as this big, swashbuckling kind of hero, but Travis didn't consider himself a hero. For Travis, he always thought a leader was someone who puts on fancy clothes. He finally figures out who he is in his last days."

That same year, Patrick also played Vicomte Raoul de Chagny, Christine Daaé's (played by Emmy Rossum) childhood sweetheart in Joel Schumacher’s film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart's internationally successful 1986 stage musical (which is in turn based on the novel by Gaston Leroux), The Phantom of the Opera. He then starred as Jeff Kohlver, a charming 30-something fashion photographer and suspected pedophile, in British director David Slade's first feature film, the psychological thriller Hard Candy (2005; opposite Ellen Page).

Patrick came to the spotlight when he portrayed Brad Adamson, Jennifer Connelly's former-football-star husband, a househusband and wannabe lawyer who has a romantic affair with a former campus feminist played by Kate Winslet, in Todd Field's Oscar-nominated drama film, Little Children (2006), which was based on the novel by Tom Perrotta. His impressive performance in the film was later awarded a Young Hollywood award for Breakthrough Performance – Male. That same year, he appeared in Ryan Murphy's semi-autobiographical film based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs, Running with Scissors, starring Joseph Cross, Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin.

Meanwhile, in February 2006, Patrick returned on stage to play Paul Bratter in Neil Simon’s "Barefoot in the Park" at the Cort Theatre, in New York City. Recently, in March 2007, he appeared in a television commercial for Gap with Claire Danes in which they dance to the song "Anything You Can Do" from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Patrick just completed an indie film written and directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets (opposite Selma Blair), a drama film by writer-director Paul Kampf, Brothers Three: An American Gothic (with Neal McDonough, Scott Michael Campbell and John Heard), and a romantic drama adapted by Lajos Koltai from Susan Minot's novel, Evening (with Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Toni Collette and Claire Danes). He will soon wrap up writer-director Tracey Hecht's drama Life in Flight, in which he co-starred opposite Lynn Collins and Amy Smart, and Rodrigo García's drama/thriller Passengers, alongside Anne Hathaway and David Morse.


Awards:

  • Young Hollywood: Breakthrough Performance - Male, Little Children, 2006

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