Finn Wolfhard

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Finn Wolfhard (born December 23, 2002)[1] is a Canadian actor, voice actor and musician. He is best known for his starring roles as Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things, and Richie Tozier in the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's novel It.

Finn Wolfhard
Finn Wolfhard by Gage Skidmore
Wolfhard at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born December 23, 2002 (age 15)[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • musician
Years active 2013–present

Early life

Wolfhard was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a family of French, German and Jewish descent.[2]

Career

Wolfhard got his first acting job from Craigslist.[3] He made his television debut as Zoran in The 100, followed by a role as Jordie Pinsky in Supernatural.[4]

In 2016, Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things.[5] He auditioned for the role via video after seeing an open casting call.[3] The cast of the series won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[6]

He played Richie Tozier in the film adaptation of Stephen King's It, which was released on September 8, 2017.[7][8] The casting of Wolfhard in both Stranger Things and It, set in the '80s, had been a coincidence.[9] According to Wolfhard, he had been initially cast as Richie when Cary Fukunaga was attached as director and co-writer, but when Fukunaga left the project over creative differences, the role fell through which allowed him to pursue Stranger Things.[10] Once Andy Muschietti became attached to It, Wolfhard had to re-audition for the role of Richie.[11]

In the Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego, he will voice "Player", the titular character's chief accomplice and friend. The series, consisting of twenty episodes, is due to premiere in 2019.[12]

On September 22, 2017, it was announced that Wolfhard had been cast as Tyler, an altruistic and thoughtful pizza delivery boy, in the Ken Marino directed film, Dog Days.[13] In addition, Wolfhard was also cast in Amblin’s haunted house film The Turning, based off the adaptation of Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw.[14]

In 2018, Wolfhard joined Ansel Elgort and the cast of The Goldfinch, the John Crowley-directed adaptation of the Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, playing Young Boris Pavlikovsky, a Ukrainian student and troublemaker. [15]

Wolfhard has appearances in some music videos, including Canadian punk rock band PUP's "Guilt Trip" (2014)[16] and "Sleep in the Heat" (2016).[17] He also co-directed and appeared in Spendtime Palace's music video "Sonora" in 2017.[18]

Music

Aside from acting, Wolfhard is also a musician. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist for a Vancouver-based alternative band named Calpurnia. Calpurnia signed to DIY / Independent record label, Royal Mountain Records in November 2017. They are due to release an EP in early 2018.[19]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Aftermath Young Charles Independent film
2013 The Resurrection Independent film
2017 It Richie Tozier
2018 Dog Days Tyler Post-Production
2018 The Turning Pre-Production
2019 The Goldfinch Young Boris Pavlikovsky Pre-Production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The 100 Zoran Episode: "Many Happy Returns"
2015 Supernatural Jordie Pinsky Episode: "Thin Lizzie"
2016–present Stranger Things Mike Wheeler Main Role
2017 Young Math Legends Young Gauss Animated shorts by Flatland on VHX
2019 Carmen Sandiego Player Netflix's animated series; 20 episodes

Web Series

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Guest Grumps Himself 2 episodes

Music videos

Year Artist Title Notes
2012 Facts "Retro Oceans"
2013 Hey Ocean! "Change"
2014 PUP "Guilt Trip" as Young Stefan Babcock
2016 PUP "Sleep In The Heat" as Young Stefan Babcock
2017 Spendtime Palace "Sonora" Co-Directing and starring

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Teen Actor Stranger Things Nominated [20]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won [6]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Nominated [21]

References

  1. ^ a b "Crash Tag Team Racing with Special Guest Finn Wolfhard". Guest Grumps. 14 January 2017. 10:47 minutes in. Game Grumps.
  2. ^ Chaney, Jen (25 July 2016). "Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard on Kissing Scenes and How He Became an Actor". Vulture.com. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Nika, Colleen (22 November 2016). "Finn Wolfhard: sci-fi 'it-boy'". Dazed.
  4. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (25 July 2016). "Vancouver's Finn Wolfhard loving the '80s in Stranger Things". Toronto Star. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (20 August 2015). "Duffer Bros. Netflix Supernatural Drama Series Sets Young Cast, Gets Title". Deadline.com. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b Nolfi, Joely (14 December 2016). "SAG Awards nominations 2017: See the full list". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ Geier, Thom (22 April 2016). "Stephen King's 'It' Release Date Set by Warner Bros". TheWrap.
  8. ^ Morgan Britton, Luke (20 August 2016). "'Stranger Things' star to appear in remake of Stephen King's 'It'". NME. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  9. ^ Graham, Jamie (6 September 2017). "Exclusive: IT director Andy Muschietti says Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard casting was a complete coincidence". Digital Spy. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ Ewens, Hannah (1 September 2017). "What Scares 'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard?". Vice. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  11. ^ Goldman, Eric (2 August 2016). "Stranger Things Creators on How Season 1 Ended and Where Season 2 Will Go". IGN. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  12. ^ Strause, Jackie (18 April 2017). "Netflix Reboots 'Carmen Sandiego' With Gina Rodriguez". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  13. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (22 September 2017). "'It' & 'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard Cast In 'Dog Days'". Deadline. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (13 December 2017). "'Stranger Things' Actor Finn Wolfhard to Star in Haunted House Film 'The Turning' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (16 January 2018). "'Stranger Things' Star Finn Wolfhard Joins Ansel Elgort in 'The Goldfinch' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  16. ^ Witmer, Phil (17 November 2016). "Here's a Very Brief History of Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard Starring in PUP Videos". Noisey. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  17. ^ Sherman, Maria (17 November 2016). "PUP's New Music Video, Starring Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard, Will Make You Want to Hug Your Pet". Vulture. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  18. ^ Kaufman, Gil (17 July 2017). "Finn Wolfhard Talks Co-Directing First Music Video for Spendtime Palace's 'Sonora': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  19. ^ Staff writer; no byline. "FINN WOLFHARD'S BAND CALPURNIA SIGN TO ROYAL MOUNTAIN RECORDS". Indie88. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  20. ^ "38th Annual Awards". Young Artist Association. Archived from the original on January 7, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Rubin, Rebecca & Knapp, J.D. (14 August 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: 'Riverdale,' Fifth Harmony Shut Out Competition". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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