Video from Award Ceremony
Photos from Award Ceremony
Patrick Wilson began his Shorecrest career in Fourth Grade, shortly after his family moved to St. Petersburg from St. Louis. Even in St. Louis he had become involved in theatre productions. His first real Shorecrest show, however, was as a Freshman playing Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.” In following years, he performed in "You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown", LEE’s SHOW, "Twelfth Night", and "Beauty and the Beast" - all of which were performed in the old Crisp Gymnasium before Shorecrest had the Janet Root Theatre.
Patrick was a member of Thespians, President of his class, and Captain of the soccer team. Just prior to the start of the soccer season he broke his leg, which not only affected soccer, but also his performance for Thespians. He and Jeff Datillo '94, didn’t let that affect their scene, however, as Patrick adjusted his performance to sitting on a stool with a crutch in hand. They won Critic’s Choice.
After graduating from Shorecrest, Patrick attended Carnegic Mellon University earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Starting his career on the stage, he earned applause in the national tours of "Miss Saigon" and "Carousel". In 1999, he starred off-Broadway in "Bright Lights, Big City", winning a Drama League Award and receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination. That same year, he made his Broadway debut in "Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythm", for which he won another Drama League Award.
Today, Wilson is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor who has quickly become well-known for his body of work. Over the years Wilson has tackled lead roles in major Broadway musicals as well as starring in big-budget blockbusters. Recently, Patrick teamed up with Director James Wan for the highly anticipated horror film, "The Conjuring". Opening at #1 to rave reviews, "The Conjuring" is one of the top 5 highest grossing supernatural films of all time. Wilson can be seen alongside Liv Tyler in the film "Space Station 76", a dramatic comedy that takes place in the 1970s versions of the future where both personalities and asteroids collide.
At the time of writing, Patrick just wrapped filming "North of Hell" starring Jordana Brewster and Katherine Heigl and "Let's Kill Ward’s Wife" alongside Amy Acker and Scott Foley. His motion picture work also includes “Little Children,”; “Prometheus”; “Insidious”; “Young Adult”; “The Ledge”; “Morning Glory”; “The Switch”; “Barry Munday”; “The A Team”; “Watchmen”; “Evening”; “Lakeview Terrace”; “Passengers”; “Life in Flight”; “Purple Violets”; “Running with Scissors”; “Hard Candy”; “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Alamo”.
On the small screen, Wilson received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his portrayal of the morally conflicted Joe Pitt in the HBO miniseries “Angels in America,” the much-honored 2003 adaptation of Tony Kushner’s award-winning plays “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika.” Wilson also starred in the CBS medical drama, “A Gifted Man”, which you can enjoy on Netflix.
Wilson has been honored with two consecutive Tony Award nominations for Best Actor in a Musical, the most recent coming for his performance as Curly in the successful 2002 Broadway revival of “Oklahoma!,” for which he also received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He earned his first Tony nomination for his work in the 2001 Broadway hit “The Full Monty,” for which he also garnered Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and won a Drama League Award. In 2006, he returned to Broadway to star in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” opposite Amanda Peet. His most recent Broadway credit is the 2008/09 revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” with John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes.
In 2013, Wilson guest starred on the 2nd season of the award winning HBO original series “Girls.” The episode, “One Man’s Trash,” became one of the most talked about episodes of the show’s history, as well as one of the most watched episodes of the season.
Patrick lives in New Jersey with his family but returns to St. Petersburg often, including getting together with his family and former Shorecrest classmates. His father, John and brother, Mark '87, are accomplished and well-loved local FOX TV news anchors. His mother, Mary K, is the go-to local lady for voice training, and has trained many of Shorecrest’s accomplished singers over the years. Patrick's brother, Paul '86, owns a local advertising and public relations agency. Sometimes they all rock out on stage as The Wilson Van
. Patrick also takes time to visit with current Shorecrest theatre students, whether in St. Petersburg or New York, sharing his love of acting and offering encouragement and advice.