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Finn Michael Wolfhard (born December 23rd, 2002) is an 18-year-old Canadian actor, musician, screenwriter and director. He is best known for his portrayal of main character Mike Wheeler in the Netflix original television series Stranger Things.

Career

In 2012-13, Finn Wolfhard got his first acting job from Craigslist.

In 2014, he made his acting and television debut as Zoran in The CW original series The 100.

In 2015, he got a short role as Jordie Pinsky in another The CW original series Supernatural.

In 2016, he began portraying Mike Wheeler in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He auditioned for the role in a video when he was sick in bed after seeing an open casting call.

Stranger Things became a big success on Netflix in the summer of 2016 and it won a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with him and the cast. He and co-stars Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin competed against one another in a 2017 episode of Spike's Lip Sync Battle.

On January 18, 2019, he also currently stars in the Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego as "Player", the title character's chief accomplice and friend.

On September 8, 2017, He made his feature film debut playing Richie Tozier in the film adaptation of Stephen King's It. The casting of Finn in both Stranger Things and It, both set in the 1980's, had been a coincidence.  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. Once Andy Muschietti became attached to It, he had to re-audition for the role of Richie.

On October 27, 2017, the second season of Stranger Things was released.

On January 9, 2018, Wolfhard signed with talent agency, CAA.

On August 8, 2018, he played Tyler, an altruistic and thoughtful pizza delivery boy, in the Ken Marino-directed ensemble romantic comedy film, Dog Days.

On January 18, 2019, the first season of Carmen Sandiego was released on Netflix.

On July 4, 2019, the third season of Stranger Things was released on Netflix.

On September 6, 2019, he repriced his role as young Richie in flashbacks for the sequel It Chapter Two (2019).

On September 13, 2019, he 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 his near perfect Russian accent in his audition helped him get the role.

On October 1, 2019, the second season of Carmen Sandiego was released on Netflix.

On October 11, 2019, he was the voice of Pugsley Addams in an animated remake of The Addams Family.

On 8 November 2019, he and his band Calpurnia announced on Instagram that they had split up because of Finn's acting career and he's other projects. Two of the members Ayla Tesler-Mabe join a new band called Ludic and Jack Anderson left the band to focus on school and play guitar for free time, Finn and Malcolm stay together after the band broke up. A few weeks later, they broke up Finn and Malcolm started a new band together called, The Aubreys, and they would debut a song on the soundtrack of Finn's movie, The Turning.

In January 2020, he portrayed Miles in Amblin’s haunted house film The Turning, an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw.

Also that month, he 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.

On March 10, 2020, an interactive special, Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal was released on Netflix.

On April 1, 2020, he lent his voice to the Adult Swim animated special titled, Smiling Friends with his brother, Nick by Zach Hadel and Michael Cusack. He 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.

On June 29 - July 8, 2020, he joined the Jason Reitman directed Quibi television series adaptation Home Movie: The Princess Bride, to raise money for World Central Kitchen, which was released in July 2020, and then a live reading of The Princess Bride's script, as the Grandson, for a Democratic Party of Wisconsin charity event in September 2020

On July 15, 2020, it was also announced that he and his brother, would be headlining the voice cast of sci-fi animation series NEW-GEN, playing twin brothers, alongside The Witcher star Anya Chalotra.

In August 2020, he co-starred in the Audible Original, When You Finish Saving the World, written by Jesse Eisenberg. The story is told from the perspective of three family members, at different stages of their lives. He narrates Ziggy Katz, a 15-year-old boy recording audio sessions to a futuristic bot therapist. 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.

On August 19, 2020, it was announced that he had joined director Guillermo del Toro's stop-motion animated musical feature, Pinocchio.

On September 9, 2020, he and his Ghostbuster: Afterlife and When You Finish Saving the World co-star Billy Bryk host this podcast discussing and dissecting their favorite movies, TV shows and movies and TV shows that do not exist, also podcast is available on Headgum website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and RSS.

On October 1, 2020, the third season of Carmen Sandiego was released on Netflix.

On October 8, 2020, The Addams Family (2019) sequel is scheduled to be theatrically released on October 8, 2021 with original cast back but Javon Walton replaces Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley.

On January 15, 2021, the fourth season of Carmen Sandiego was released and it was the final season on Netflix.

On May 23rd, 2021, he had a guest star, voicing an undisclosed character in the season 2 premiere of the Fox Broadcasting Company animated series Duncanville.

In November 11, 2021, he stars 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.

Music

He had met drummer Malcolm Craig in 2014, on the set of the music video for "Guilt Trip" by PUP, while guitarist Ayla Tesler-Mabe was a friend from rock camp and bassist Jack Anderson was recruited for a charity fundraiser. The band officially formed in 2017, with their first release being a cover of "Wanted You" by Twin Peaks.

The band signed with the Canadian independent record label Royal Mountain Records in November 2017 and began recording an EP, with Cadien Lake James of Twin Peaks producing and engineering.

In January 2018, the band performed at the Rough Trade in New York City, covering "Here She Comes Now" by The Velvet Underground, "Where Is My Mind?" by Pixies, "El Scorcho" by Weezer and "Butterfly" by Twin Peaks.

On 7 March 2018, he made debut with his band by releasing their single "City Boy".[1] It was the lead single of their then-unannounced Scout EP released their debut extended play "Scout".[2] The single debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard Alternative Digital Song Sales chart with sales of 2,000 units.

On 12 April 2018, The second single, "Louie", was released by the band with announcing the forthcoming release of the Scout EP, slated for 15 June 2018. The band made their television debut on 23 July 2018 as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In February 2019, Weezer featured the four members of Calpurnia as the stars of their new music video for their cover of the a-ha track "Take On Me," from the album Weezer (The Teal Album). The video takes a trip back to the 1980's, paying tribute to the original music video by a-ha and Finn playing as young Rivers Cuomo. The decision to have Calpurnia participate in the video was solidified after Weezer had requested the band cover their hit song "Say It Ain't So" for Spotify's Under Cover podcast in 2018.

On 8 November 2019, he and his band Calpurnia announced on Instagram that they had split up because of Finn's acting career and he's other projects. Two of the members Ayla Tesler-Mabe join a new band called Ludic and Jack Anderson left the band to focus on school and play guitar for free time, Finn and Malcolm stay together after the band broke up.

A few weeks later, they broke up Finn and Malcolm started a new band together called, The Aubreys, they would debut a song on the soundtrack of Finn's new movie, The Turning and the song was called "Getting Better (otherwise)".

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

On August 17, 2020, their next single, "Smoke Bomb" was released.

On January 13, 2021, The Aubreys collation with Lunar Vacation which they are friends, released their another single "No Offerings."

Directing

In 2017, he had co-directed his first music video with his best friend Josh Ovalle for the band, Spendtime Palace's "Sonora" and he was only 14-years-old when he directed it.

On December 10, 2019, he launched a fundraising campaign to produce the short film through Indiegogo, offering various incentives to those who donated and attained its goal of $26,000 Canadian dollars in a day. The short was shot over the span of 12 hours in a Vancouver convenient store. During filming, an attempted robbery occurred. Night Shifts is a 2020 Canadian short comedy film written and directed by himself.

On August 24, 2020, the film premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival on August 24, 2020. It had its American premiere at the 11th Annual Atlanta Shortsfest on August 29, 2020. The film is also an official selection for the 2020 Calgary International Film Festival. The film received the silver Audience Award for Best Canadian and he won Best Director award for Night Shifts at the 2020 Atlanta Shortsfest.

Advocacy

In 2017, Wolfhard has sold merchandise of t-shirts that delivered all proceeds to children of indigenous communities, and spread awareness and acceptance for autism.

In May 2017, he hosted "Strange 80s," a benefit concert to raise funds for Sweet Relief, an organization which offered assistance to struggling musicians in need of medical care and healthcare, and performed three tracks with his former band Calpurnia at the fundraiser. For his work with Sweet Relief, he was awarded by the 2017 Television Industry Advocacy Awards as an honoree.

In December 2019, he put a link on his Instagram account to donate money to the 2019-20 Australia bushfire.

In August 2020, he sold Stranger Things 3 bomber jacket with his signature to help raise vital funds for children torn apart by war in the U.K. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In October 2020, he donated some money to help a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman Joyce Echaquan, who died in a Quebec hospital after she recorded healthcare workers mistreating her. Her death is seen as a reflection of anti-Indigenous racism in Canada.

In Feburary 2021, he donated money to help his Ghostbusters Afterlife co-star Hannah Duke's father who needs a kidney donor.

Personal life

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

His father, Eric Wolfhard, is a researcher on aboriginal land claims, his mother, Mary Jolivet, worked at a clothing brand that creates clothes for kids and he had an older brother, Nick Wolfhard, who's a voice actor.

On October 20, 2017, he parted ways with his former agency, APA, and fired former agent Tyler Grasham following allegations that Grasham had sexually assaulted aspiring young male actors. He had not been assaulted.

On October 30, 2017, he drank from a Bidet in France. He wrote that he had discovered a funny new water fountain in Europe, from which the water tasted kind of funny. Later, he found out it was Bidet and he was traumatized.

On November 2, 2017, a 27-year-old native Texas model Ali Michael shared a picture of Finn on her Instagram story and wrote, “Not to be weird but hit me up in 4 years @finnwolfhardofficial.” She faces backlash from fans by calling her 'disgusting' and joking about Finn's puberty and sexualizing him. She later returned to Instagram to apology and acknowledged that her pass at Finn was inappropriate. “Hi, Yesterday I posted a picture of Mike from Stranger Things and wrote ‘Call me in 4 years.’ It was completely and absolutely a joke but I understand that people have been offended by it,” the Texas native wrote. “It was wrong to joke about and I apologize. I do not want Mike from Stranger Things to call me. I hope this clears things up.

On November 4, 2017, when he was 14-years-old, he was called 'rude' by a fans. They spotted Finn coming and going from his hotel and, when he didn't go over to meet them, they called him 'rude' for not taking a picture of him and they posted it on their Twitter. His Stranger Things' co-stars Shannon Purser and Noah Schnapp came to Finn's defence, explaining thoughts to the fans by calling Finn as 'rude'. Soon after, fans and other celebs like Smosh member Ian Hecox and Alex Gervasi began tweeting their own messages of support with Finn, himself, even liking a couple. A few days later, when his Stranger Things' co-stars and other fans and celebs supported him. He tweeted an apology for being called 'rude'.

Influences

His acting influences are Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Reynolds, Michael Cera, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Bill Hader, Matthew McConaughey, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, David Harbour, Winona Ryder, Mackenzie Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Kevin Smith, Paul Rudd and Sarah Paulson.

His music influences and favorite musicians/bands/singers and composers are The Beatles, Mac DeMarco, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Weezer, Tame Impala, The Rolling Stones, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Pixies, Twin Peaks, PUP, The Clash, Ariana Grande, Arcade Fire, Foxygen, The Cure, The Stokes, Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Toto, New Order, Joy Division, The Lemon Twigs, Clario, Wallows, Gorillaz, Elliot Smith, Television (band), Green Day, Queen, Blackpink, Mort Garson, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Daniel Johnston and Billie Eilish. Finn also loves 80s and 90s music and loves movies soundtrack and original scores.

His major directing influence is Wes Anderson, and he's other directing influences are Jason Reitman, Judd Apatow, Spike Jonze, Noah Baumbach, Buster Keaton, Steven Spielberg, Andy Muschietti, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Edgar Wright, Guillermo del Toro and Floria Sigismondi

His favorite movies are The Graduate (1967), Dazed and Confused (1993), Melody (1971), Superbad (2007), Rushmore (1996), Baby Driver (2017), La La Land (2016), The Goonies (1985), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Sixteen Candles (1984), Stand by Me (1986), Jaws (1975), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Shinning (1980), Hot Fuzz (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Juno (2007), Mid90s (2018), Sing Street (2016), Joker (2019), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019), The Squid and the Whale (2005), Titanic (1997), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Kids (1995), Marriage Story (2019), It Follows (2014), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Babyteeth (2019), Palm Springs (2020), Lady Bird (2017), Booksmart (2019), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), Clerks (1994), Uncut Gems (2019) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Finn's favorite movie genre is Comedy.

His favorite TV shows beside Stranger Things are Atlanta (2016- ), American Vandal (2017-18), Black Mirror (2011-19), Sex Education (2019- ), Freaks & Geeks (1999-2000), Nirvanna the Band the Show (2017- ), Succession (2018- ), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005- ), Big Mouth (2017- ) and Barry (2018- ).

His comedies influences are Bill Hader, Monty Python and The Apatow Productions.

Filmography

Film

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

[3]

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 Bobert
2021 When You Finish Saving The World Ziggy
2021 Pinocchio Lampwick
2021 How It Ends Ezra

Director

Year Title Notes
2020 Night Shifts Short film, also writer

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
2019-2021 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
2021 NEW-GEN TBA (voice)
2021 Duncanville Jeremy/Norman (voice)

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"
2020 The Aubreys "Getting Better (Otherwise)"

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 NEW-GEN TBA
2021 Pinocchio Lampwick

Podcast

Year Title Role Episode
2020 SModcast Himself Episode: "426: The Stranger Thing About Finn"
2020 Review Revue Himself Trampoline Parks (w/ Finn Wolfhard!)
2020 Lackluster Video Himself (co-host) 10 Episodes

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

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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 Finn 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 a silent film and theater actress and his great-grandfather, Alfred Eugene Jolivet, was Rita's brother.
  • He's a fan of Blackpink.

References

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