Last season, John found friendship, community, and, in June, true love. This season, he grapples with a unique brand of survivor’s guilt – knowing how others suffer, John will struggle to enjoy his own good fortune. A chance encounter will present an opportunity to pay it forward.
It is rare to find an actor who is both a leading man and a character actor and who can morph effortlessly from role to role. Garret Dillahunt possesses a resume that displays this impressive diversity.
Born in California and raised in Washington, Dillahunt studied journalism at the University of Washington and went on to earn his M.F.A. in New York University’s renowned graduate acting program.
Dillahunt is currently filming the new season of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular. He will soon be seen opposite Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s new movie Widows. Last spring, he shot the lead in the TNT pilot Monsters of God and then TBS’ The Guest Book along with the second season of Amazon’s Hand of God and the most recent season of Hulu’s hit The Mindy Project.
He previously starred in FOX’s half-hour comedy series Raising Hope. During the show’s five-season run, he stayed busy working continuously during his hiatuses on feature films such as 12 Years a Slave, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Courteney Cox-directed Just Before I Go, and Against the Sun.
Other recent credits include Any Day Now opposite Alan Cumming and directed by Travis Fine, which won Best Feature at 2012’s Out Film Festival. He also appeared in Looper, the intriguing sci-fi action adventure with Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis; additionally, he starred in and received a Genie Award nomination as title character Oliver Sherman in Ryan Redford’s directorial debut opposite Molly Parker and Donal Logue. Some of his other credits include the independent feature Amigo with Chris Cooper and directed by John Sayles, and the critically acclaimed Winter’s Bone, which earned him and the rest of the cast the Best Ensemble Award at the Gotham Awards.
His additional film credits include The Road, with Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron; Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; and the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning drama No Country for Old Men, opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Dillahunt earned a SAG award for Best Ensemble for the latter.
The multifaceted actor is probably best known for his work on the critically acclaimed HBO series Deadwood, in which he portrayed two entirely different characters: the assassin Jack McCall and the complex and deadly Francis Wolcott. After recognizing his protean talent in his first incarnation, executive producer/writer David Milch created a second character for him.
Additional television credits include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, John from Cincinnati, The Book of Daniel, ER, The 4400, Damages, Life Lie to Me, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, Burn Notice, White Collar, Alphas and Memphis Beat.
He boasts an outstanding theatrical resume and has performed extensively on and off Broadway and at such respected theater companies as Steppenwolf, ACT San Francisco, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Dillahunt resides in Los Angeles and New York.