Patrick Wilson


Patrick Wilson (1973-) is an American actor and occasional singer. He is the character of Chris Mattson in the movie Lakeview Terrace, where he starred alongside Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. He is recognized as an actor who pushes social boundaries with captivating and believable roles.

Patrick was born in Virginia, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, a large city in the Tampa Bay Area. His mother was a voice teacher with her own choir. Patrick’s early experiences with the choir and education in performing arts led to him aspire to become a professional performer.

Patrick took vocal lessons at Carnegie Mellon University, where he won awards for music and theatre and graduated with a degree in Drama. After college he stayed in the Pittsburg area and worked in opera. He eventually gained wide stage recognition in 1999 with an off-Broadway production of Bright Lights, Big City. In Bright Lights, Big City, he played an aspiring writer who falls off the tracks in New York City with drugs and partying.

Patrick continued his career on the stage with The Full Monty and Oklahoma!, the former of which was called “one of the best performances of 2000”. He made his debut on the small screen as a gay, Mormon Republican attorney in the mini-series Angels in America. With this role he received wide acclaim and established himself as a serious on-screen actor.


As Chris Mattson in Lakeview Terrace

Patrick kept audiences absorbed with his role in Lakeview Terrace in 2008. He played Chris Mattson, husband of Lisa (Kerry Washington). The interracial couple was terrorized by a racist cop played by Samuel L. Jackson. Audiences across America shouted at Chris, “Watch your back!” in the thriller where the two actors faced off in a final scene. Lakeview Terrace debuted at number one in its opening week.

On which partner is subjected to the most opposition in an interracial marriage of the kind portrayed in Lakeview Terrace, he says:

Probably more towards me,  just from the male perspective I would imagine…We’ve experienced this before – looks from black men. Whether it’s looks, whether it’s comments, a white man and a black woman is much different than a black man and a white woman so I think it’s very easy to target me.

Patrick gained weight and grew a beard for his roles in the films Watchmen and The A-Team, respectively. He is always willing to do what it takes and more to make his roles spectacular, but due to his good looks, he often finds himself landing roles with nude or semi-nude scenes. For his New Year’s Resolution, he wants:

To be in a movie or a play which doesn’t require me to take off my clothes. Unless, of course, I don’t get another job… In which case I’ll be half-naked and whole-heartedly depressed for the rest of my career.

Off-screen and off-stage, Patrick lives with his wife, actress Dagmara Domińczyk, who he met while studying at Carnegie Mellon. They have two sons. Patrick’s upper arm tattoo –KPW– stand for the initials of his oldest son, Kalin Patrick Wilson.

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14 thoughts on “Patrick Wilson

  1. This is the first time I hear about him. (Ok, second time: I’ve read your post on Lakeview Terrace).

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with roles requiring you to take your clothes (especially if you’re male 😉 ), but it has to make sense (more sense than the usual fan service).

  2. Mira,

    “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with roles requiring you to take your clothes (especially if you’re male 😉 )”

    There’s nothing wrong with it. Nothing at all. 🙂

    “but it has to make sense (more sense than the usual fan service).”

    There is a nude scene in Lakeview Terrace, but it’s only from the back. Chris is going to check where the light that is shining through his window is coming from–Abel Turner (Samuel L.) put it there to disturb them at night. I didn’t think the scene was gratuitous, but a few guys who watched the movie with me thought it was.

    Then he had another scene where he was shirtless and jogging… I did get the sense that they were trying to show as much of him nude and semi-nude as they possibly could. But… I didn’t and don’t care. 🙂

  3. boy oh boy, he’s yummy.

    isn’t he the same guy who played the other man to sanaa lathan’s character in the family that preys?

  4. Patrick Wilson has a bit of a Paul Newman vibe, at least in pics. It’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure Wilson is my type.

    (Is his voice deep and sexy? Or Brandonesque?)

  5. Paul Newman? I guess I could see that. But Paul to me is just okay, while Patrick is way above average. Those lips…

    “(Is his voice deep and sexy? Or Brandonesque?)”

    Marlon Brando? Lol.

    I like Patrick’s voice. You can hear it in this clip from Lakeview Terrace (skip to 2:10+; this is one of my favorite scenes).

  6. Oh..shoot. He played in Insidious. Great/scary movie =} ! He played a great role.

  7. Nkosazana, LOL.


    Well, even if it’s just okay, I’ll still watch. Because Patrick Wilson stars in it; I can just watch him.

  8. In my opinion it’s a very good movie for a horror genre movie. I haven’t seen a good horror like forever..Actually never did. They would just have major gore..I don’t find that scary , I just find that disturbing. But Insidious didn’t even have to have gore in it to drop kick Saw, Halloween ..etc. Not to mention the ending was also a nice bonus.

    * Even though I wanted to knock Patrick on the head for being stupid at the end of the movie. xD No spoiler….

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