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Finn Wolfhard (born December 23rd, 2002) is a Canadian actor and musician, best known for his portrayal of main character Mike Wheeler in the Netflix original television series Stranger Things.

Career

As Finn Wolfhard started his acting career in 2013, he didn't have many roles in films and television. Portraying Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things was his first major role, a role which still continues to rise him to stardom. He made his film debut in the movie It as Richie Tozier which was released on September 8, 2017. He also voiced Player in another Netflix series Carmen Sandiego.

In 2018, he played Tyler, an altruistic and thoughtful pizza delivery boy, in the Ken Marino-directed ensemble comedy film, Dog Days. In 2019, he reprised his role as young Richie in flashbacks for the sequel It Chapter Two (2019).

He also co-starred in The Goldfinch, the John Crowley-directed adaptation of the Donna Tartt's novel, playing Young Boris Pavlikovsky, a Ukrainian student and troublemaker. He had not been the director's first choice. He had wanted to cast an authentic Russian actor for Boris, but Finn's near perfect Russian accent in his audition helped him get the role.

Also in 2019, Finn provided the voice of Pugsley Addams in an animated remake of The Addams Family, which premiered on October 11. In January 2020, Wolfhard portrayed Miles in Amblin’s haunted house film The Turning, an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.

Also that month, Wolfhard made his Sundance Film Festival debut with the Miami-set omnibus film, Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia, masterminded by filmmaking collective Borscht Corp, which also features Robert Redford.

He will also be making his 2020 SXSW Film Festival debut in March with the Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux directed proof of concept short film, Rules for Werewolves, based off playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn's adapted screenplay from his debut novel.

It was also announced that the short film was set to become a feature-length film, with he attached to star and production occurring late in 2020 or in early 2021. He lent his voice to the Adult Swim animated special titled, Smiling Friends with his brother, Nick by Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack, which premiered on April 1, 2020 and is also set to lend his voice as a guest star in the upcoming 2020 animated series JJ Villard's Fairy Tales on Adult Swim as Boypunzel, a gender-swapped version of Rapunzel.

On April 9, 2020, it was announced that he is starring and voicing the role of Ziggy in the upcoming six-part Audible Original, When You Finish Saving the World, written by Jesse Eisenberg. Additionally, the audiobook will be adapted into a comedy-drama movie, When You Finish Saving the World, with Julianne Moore and he's set to star as mother and son, directed and written by Jesse Eisenberg and produced by Moore, Emma Stone and Dave McCary.

In March 2021, he will star with Carrie Coon in Jason Reitman's Ghostbusters: Afterlife, as Trevor the son of Coon's single mother, and Mckenna Grace also starring as Phoebe his younger sister.

Personal life

He graduated from St. Patrick Regional Secondary School in 2020.

Music

Apart from acting, Wolfhard is also the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Calpurnia. He made Billboard Chart debut with his band on 2018 by releasing their single "City Boy".[1] His band had also released their debut extended play "Scout".[2]

Wolfhard also portrayed a young Stefan Babcock in the music videos for the punk rock songs 'Guilt Trip' and 'Sleep in the Heat' by Canadian band PUP, also playing a young Rivers in Weezer's new cover of 'Take on Me'.

On November 8th, 2019, they announced they were splitting up. A few weeks later it was announced that Finn is in a new band, The Aubreys, are due to debut on the soundtrack of his movie, The Turning and the song was called "Getting Better (otherwise)".

The Aubreys released their single, "Loved One" on March 10, 2020 and their debut EP, Soda & Pie, through AWAL, on March 13, 2020.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
2013 Aftermath Young Charles
2017 It Richie Tozier
2018 Dog Days

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Tyler
2018 Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness Herbert West
2019 It: Chapter Two Young Richie Tozier
2019 The Addams Family Pugsley Addams
2019 The Goldfinch Young Boris Pavlikovsky
2020 The Turning Miles Fairchild
2020 Omniboat: A Fast Boat Fantasia TBA
2020 Rules for Werewolves (Short) Bobert
2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trevor
2021 Rules for Werewolves TBA
2021 When You Finish Saving The World TBA
2021 The Addams Family 2 Pugsley Addams

Television

Year Title Role
2014 The 100 Zoran
2015 Supernatural Jordie Pinsky
2016- Stranger Things

Mike Wheeler

2017 Young Math Legends Young Gauss
2017 Lip Sync Battle Himself
2019- Carmen Sandiego Player (voice)
2020 JJ Villard's Fairy Tales Boypunzel (voice)
2020 Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (TV Movie) Player (voice)
2020 Smiling Friends Man Living in Wall / Bliblie (voice)
2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride Inigo Montoya

Music Videos

Year Artist Title
2012 Facts "Retro Oceans"
2013 Hey Ocean! "Change"
2014 PUP "Guilt Trip"
2016 PUP "Sleep in the Heat"
2017 Spendtime Palace "Sonora"
2018 NSP "Danny Don't You Know"
2019 Weezer "Take On Me"

Animation

Year Title Role
2017 Young Math Legends

[4]

Young Gauss
2018 Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness Herbert West
2019- Carmen Sandiego Player
2019 The Addams Family Pugsley Addams
2020- Fairy Tales Boypunzel
2020 Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal  Player
2020- Smiling Friends Man Living in Wall / Bliblie
2021 The Addams Family 2 Pugsley Addams

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Digital TV Series or Film – Young Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star Nominated
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss Nominated
Best Musical Moment Won
Best On-Screen Team Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Actor Nominated
2019 People's Choice Awards The Male TV Star of 2019 Nominated

External Links

Gallery

Trivia

  • Wolfhard auditioned for Stranger Things shortly after he auditioned for the 2017 film "It". He was able to star in Stranger Things due to the movie being pushed back.[5]
  • Because of being very sick, Wolfhard had to film the entire audition tape for Stranger Things from his bed.[6]
  • For the first and second seasons of Stranger Things, Finn along with his co-stars earned $20,000 and $60,000 per episode respectively. However, for the third season, the majority of the cast including Finn got a raise, with him receiving approximately $250,000 per episode.
  • He has never considered Millie Bobby Brown as his first kiss because his kissed a girl when he was in kindergarten.
  • His great-great-aunt, Rita Jolivet was silent film and theatre actress and his great-grandfather, Alfred Eugene Jolivet was Rita's brother.

References

  1. "Stranger Things Actor Finn Wolfhard Makes Billboard Chart Debut With His Band Calpurnia"" Billboard April 18, 2018.
  2. Instagram post by Finn Wolfhard
  3. "‘It’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Cast In ‘Dog Days’" Deadline. September 22, 2017.
  4. "Young Math Legends trailer"
  5. [1]
  6. 19 BTS secrets you didn't know about 'Stranger Things'
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