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Tracy Letts
American actor and screenwriter

Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts
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Intro American actor and screenwriter
Is Screenwriter Writer Playwright Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor Author
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 4 July 1965, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Age 58 years
Star sign Cancer
Mother: Billie Letts
Spouse: Carrie Coon (August 2013-)
Pulitzer Prize for Drama  
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play 2013
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play  
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Tracy S. Letts (born July 4, 1965) is an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for his production, August: Osage County (2007), and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2013).

He is also known for his portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's Homeland, for which he has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards as a member of the ensemble. He portrayed the pyramid-scheme con-artist Nick on the HBO comedy Divorce. In 2017, Letts starred in three critically acclaimed films: The Lovers, Lady Bird, and The Post. The latter two films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Lady Bird earned Letts a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. In 2019, he portrayed Henry Ford II in James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari.

Letts wrote the screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, and August: Osage County, directed by John Wells. His 2009 play Superior Donuts was adapted into a television series of the same name. His first screenplay not to be adapted from his own work, The Woman in the Window, based on the 2018 novel of the same name by A. J. Finn, is scheduled to be released on May 14, 2021.

Early life

Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to author Billie Letts (née Gipson) and college professor and actor Dennis Letts. He has two brothers, Shawn, a musician, and Dana. Letts was raised in Durant, Oklahoma and graduated from Durant High School in the early 1980s. He moved to Dallas, where he waited tables and worked in telemarketing while beginning his acting career. He appeared in Jerry Flemmons' O Dammit!, which was part of a new playwrights' series sponsored by Southern Methodist University.

Letts moved to Chicago at the age of 20, working for the next 11 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Famous Door. He is still an active member of Steppenwolf. He was a founding member of Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre, whose members included Greg Kotis, Michael Shannon, Paul Dillon, and Amy Pietz. In 1991, Letts wrote the play Killer Joe. Two years later, the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Evanston, Illinois, followed by the 29th Street Rep in New York City. Since then, Killer Joe has been performed in a number of countries in 12 languages.

His mother, Billie Letts, has said of his work, "I try to be upbeat and funny. Everybody in Tracy's stories gets naked or dead." Letts's plays have depicted people struggling with moral and spiritual questions. He says he was inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams and the novels of William Faulkner and Jim Thompson. Letts states that he considers sounds to be effective "storytelling tools" for theater.




During the late 1980s through the late 2000s, Letts acted in many of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's productions, starring in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1994).

In 2012, Letts gained attention for his Broadway debut performance in the revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Booth Theatre. He received positive reviews and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

In 2019, Letts appeared in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's All My Sons with Annette Bening at Roundabout Theatre Company's American Airlines Theatre. The show officially opened on April 22, 2019 and closed on June 23, 2019.


Letts has written over ten plays. His most famous, August: Osage County, premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2007. It had its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre on December 4, 2007; the production transferred to Broadway's Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008. The Broadway show closed on June 28, 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews. The show went on to receive seven Tony Award nominations, winning six, including Best Play. The play won Letts the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008. Letts has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer drama prize for his plays Man from Nebraska and The Minutes, the Pulitzer committee describing the latter as a "shocking drama set in a seemingly mundane city council meeting that acidly articulates a uniquely American toxicity that feels both historic and contemporary."


Early in his acting career, in the 1990s through the mid 2000s, Letts acted in TV shows including Prison Break, The District, Strong Medicine, Profiler, Judging Amy, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld, Early Edition, and Home Improvement.

In 2013–14, Letts joined the cast of Showtime's Homeland as US Senator Andrew Lockhart. He was nominated with the rest of the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble.

In 2016, Letts joined HBO's marital comedy-drama Divorce.

In 2018, Letts was cast in the second season of USA Network's anthology crime drama series The Sinner, opposite Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon.



Letts has starred in Adam McKay's 2015 ensemble piece, The Big Short, 2016's Wiener-Dog, Christine, and Elvis & Nixon; and James Schamus's film adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, Indignation, as well as the true-story crime thriller adaptation Imperium.

Letts then appeared in the 2017 films The Lovers, The Post, and Lady Bird.

In 2019, Letts portrayed Henry Ford II in James Mangold's sports drama film Ford v Ferrari, and played Mr. Dashwood in Little Women, a film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name.


Letts has written screenplays for three feature films based on his plays: Bug (directed by William Friedkin), Killer Joe (also directed by Friedkin); and August: Osage County (directed by John Wells). He has also adapted a screenplay for the upcoming Netflix feature film The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams, based upon the eponymous psychological thriller by A.J. Finn.

Personal life

Letts was once engaged to actress Sarah Paulson. He married actress Carrie Coon in September 2013. They have a son, born in 2018. He has been sober since 1993.

Work as an author


Year Title Notes Ref.
1993 Killer Joe
1996 Bug
2003 Man from Nebraska
2007 August: Osage County
2008 Superior Donuts
2009 Three Sisters Adaptation
2015 The Stretch
2016 Mary Page Marlowe
2017 Linda Vista
2017 The Minutes


Year Title Notes
2006 Bug Adaptation of his play
2007 Cop Show Short film
2011 Killer Joe Adaptation of his play
2013 August: Osage County Adaptation of his play
2021 The Woman in the Window Completed

Work as an actor


Year Title Role Theatre
1988 The Glass Menagerie Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
1991–1995 Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre Various characters Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
1994 Picasso At The Lapin Agile Freddy Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
1999 Three Days of Rain Walker Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2001 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2002 The Dazzle Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2002 Miracle on 34th Street Lawyer Chicago Center for Performing Arts
2003 Homebody/Kabul Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2004 The Dresser Norman Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2005 Last of the Boys Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2005 Orson's Shadow Kenneth Tynan Off-Broadway, Barrow Street Theatre
2005 The Pain and the Itch Cash Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2006 The Pillowman Tupolski Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2006 The Well-Appointed Room Stewart Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2007 Betrayal Robert Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2009 American Buffalo Walter "Teach" Cole Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2010 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre
2012 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? George Broadway, Booth Theatre
2014 The Realistic Joneses Bob Jones Broadway, Lyceum Theatre
2019 All My Sons Joe Keller Broadway, American Airlines Theatre
2020 The Minutes Mayor Superba Broadway, Cort Theatre
2022 The Minutes Mayor Superba Broadway, TBD


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Paramedics Van Owner
1992 Straight Talk Sean
1998 Chicago Cab Sports Fan
U.S. Marshals Sheriff Poe
1999 Guinevere Zack
2007 Cop Show Michael Cooke Short film
2015 The Big Short Lawrence Fields
2016 Wiener-Dog Danny
Christine Michael Nelson
Elvis & Nixon John Finlator
Indignation Hawes D. Caudwell
Imperium Dallas Wolf
2017 The Lovers Michael
Lady Bird Larry McPherson
The Post Fritz Beebe
2019 Ford v. Ferrari Henry Ford II
Little Women Mr. Dashwood
2020 French Exit Small Frank (voice)
2021 The Woman in the Window Dr. Landy Post-production
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Jack Post-production
2022 Deep Water Lionel Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Home Improvement Henry Episode: "Jill's Surprise Party"
1996–1997 Early Edition Jonathan / Marksman 2 episodes
1997 Seinfeld Counterguy Episode: "The Strike"
1998 The Drew Carey Show Lomax Episode: "Drew and the Conspiracy"
1999 Judging Amy Mr. Kleinman Episode: "Pilot"
2000 Profiler Mr. Adams Episode: "Train Man"
2001 Strong Medicine Ken Episode: "Wednesday Night Fever"
2001 The District Brad Gilroy Episode: "Melt Down"
2006 Prison Break Peter Tucci 2 episodes
2013–2014 Homeland Senator/Director Andrew Lockhart 17 episodes
2016–2019 Divorce Nick 17 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Vasile (voice) Episode: "No Exit"
2018 The Sinner Jack Novack 7 episodes

Awards and nominations

Theatre awards

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize for Drama Man from Nebraska Nominated
2008 Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize for Drama August: Osage County Won
2008 Tony Awards Best Play Won
2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play Won
2013 Tony Award Leading Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Won
2018 Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize for Drama The Minutes Nominated

Film and television awards

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Ensemble in a Drama Series Homeland Nominated
2014 Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2014 Writers Guild of America Awards Best Adapted Screenplay August: Osage County Nominated
2014 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2014 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2014 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2014 Seattle Film Critics Award Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2018 Screen Actors Guild Award Cast in a Motion Picture Lady Bird Nominated
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