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John Carroll Lynch (born 1 August 1963; age 56) is the American actor who played Gerald Moss, the spokesman for the Millennium Gate, in the Star Trek: Voyager fifth season episode "11:59". He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Drew Carey's cross-dressing brother, Steve, in the television sitcom The Drew Carey Show which co-stars Diedrich Bader.
Lynch was born in Boulder, Colorado, and raised in Denver. He graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1986. He has since performed on stages across the country and has been seen in over thirty-five films, twenty different television shows, and eight made-for-TV movies.
He made his feature film debut with a small role in the 1993 comedy Grumpy Old Men, starring Christopher McDonald. He then appeared 1995's The Cure, a drama which also featured Bruce Davison. He first acquired recognition with his acclaimed performance as Police Chief Marge Gunderson's husband, Norm, in the Academy Award-winning comic thriller Fargo. Lynch's fellow Voyager guest actor, Harve Presnell, also had a role in this film.
After Fargo, Lynch made appearances in such films as Face/Off (1997, also with Harve Presnell), Volcano (1997, with Jacqueline Kim and James MacDonald), A Thousand Acres (1997, co-starring Keith Carradine, Bob Gunton, and Kenneth Tigar), Mercury Rising (1998, with Jude Ciccolella, Kevin Conway, James MacDonald, and Steve Rankin), and Anywhere But Here (1999, with Stephanie Niznik and Faran Tahir). He more recently had major supporting roles in the 2001 comedy Bubble Boy (also featuring Cyia Batten), the 2002 romantic comedy-drama The Good Girl, the 2003 thriller Confidence (co-starring Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr., Leland Orser, and Robert Pine), the 2003 horror thriller Gothika, the 2006 comic drama Mozart and the Whale (inspired by the story of Mary Meinel-Newport and her husband), and the 2007 drama Things We Lost in the Fire.
In the 2007 thriller Zodiac, Lynch portrayed Arthur Leigh Allen, the prime suspect in the Zodiac murders which plagued Northern California in the 1960s and possibly the 1970s. Allen's brother, John, was portrayed by recurring Star Trek: Enterprise actor Matt Winston. Famed attorney (and Star Trek: The Original Series guest star) Melvin Belli was also depicted in the film (portrayed by Brian Cox). Zach Grenier and Thomas Kopache have small roles in the film.
On television, Lynch has guest-starred on shows such as Murder One (working with Daniel Benzali, Barbara Bosson, Roy Brocksmith, John de Lancie, Juliana Donald, and John Fleck), Frasier (starring Kelsey Grammer, in an episode with Googy Gress), The Visitor (with Richard Cox), the pilot for Family Law (starring Christopher McDonald and Julie Warner), The West Wing, and Gideon's Crossing (with John Billingsley, Freda Foh Shen, and Wade Williams). He even lent his voice to an episode of Seth MacFarlane's animated series, American Dad!, in 2005. That same year, Lynch was seen in the recurring role of contract killer Varolyn Stroud on the HBO series Carnivàle. His fellow Trek performers Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, John Fleck, Diane Salinger, and John Savage were regulars on this series. In 2006 and 2007, Lynch appeared in another HBO series, Big Love, alongside Robert Beltran.
Lynch was a regular on the short-lived 2003 CBS series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire, along with Ann Cusack. Lynch later starred as District Attorney Steve Sharpe on another CBS series, Close to Home, during its first season (2005-06); Cress Williams was also a regular on this series. Lynch starred as Police Captain James Embry in the FOX crime series K-Ville, which ran for ten episodes in 2007. (An 11th episode was produced but has not yet aired.) Most recently, Lynch played homicide Detective Bud Morris in the medical drama television series Body of Proof (starring Voyager regular Jeri Ryan), which premiered on ABC in March 2011; he left the regular cast after two seasons and joined that of upcoming NBC drama Do No Harm, set to premiere in January 2013.
In 2010, Lynch appeared in Shutter Island, a thriller from Martin Scorsese.
As a Screen Actors Guild member, Lynch worked in several positions for this union and was recently voted to serve as SAG National Board alternate and to the Hollywood Division Board of Directors.