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Tracy S. Letts (born July 4, 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County[1] and a Tony Award
Tony Award
for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 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
Screen Actors Guild
Awards as a member of the ensemble. He currently portrays 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
Academy Award
for Best Picture, and Lady Bird garnered Letts a Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. 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 which is currently in its second season on CBS.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Awards, accolades and nominations 3 Screenwriting 4 Acting 5 Stage

5.1 As playwright 5.2 As actor

6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television

7 Awards and nominations 8 References 9 External links

Life and career[edit] Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to author Billie Letts (née Gipson) and college professor and actor Dennis Letts.[2][3] 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 starting out as an actor. He appeared in Jerry Flemmons' O Dammit!, which was part of a new playwrights' series sponsored by Southern Methodist University. Letts moved to Chicago
Chicago
at the age of 20, and worked for the next 11 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
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 (Tony Award-winner for Urinetown), Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(Academy Award-nominee for Revolutionary Road), Paul Dillon, and Amy Pietz.[4] 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 NYC. Since then, Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 languages.[5] 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."[5] Letts' plays have been about people struggling with moral and spiritual questions. He says he was inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams and the novels of William Faulkner
William Faulkner
and Jim Thompson. Letts considers sound to be a very strong storytelling tool for theater.[6] Letts married actress Carrie Coon
Carrie Coon
in September 2013.[7] Awards, accolades and nominations[edit] In 2008, Letts won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County. It had premiered in Chicago in 2007, before moving to New York. It opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran into 2009. In 2004, Letts was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
for his play Man from Nebraska. For his screenplay of Killer Joe, Letts was nominated for a Saturn Award for "Best Writing." In 2012–2013, Letts appeared in the 50th Anniversary Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, as originally presented by the Steppenwolf Theater Company. On June 9, 2013, he received the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In 2013, Letts was nominated, along with the rest of the cast of Showtime's Homeland, for an "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Award. Screenwriting[edit] Letts has written the screenplays for three feature films based on plays of the same names written by Letts: Bug (directed by William Friedkin), Killer Joe (also directed by Friedkin); and August: Osage County (directed by John Wells). For Killer Joe, Letts was nominated for a Saturn Award
Saturn Award
from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, for "Best Writing." In 2007, Letts also wrote, executive produced and starred in a short film entitled Cop Show, directed by Leo Benvenuti and Steve Rudnick and also starring Danny Pudi. The film is about two oddly erudite Chicago
Chicago
cops (one of them named "Michael Cooke", played by Letts) who try their best to not do too much at their jobs. Acting[edit] Letts played US Senator Andrew Lockhart on Season 3 of Showtime's Homeland. He was nominated, with the rest of the cast, for an "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" award from the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
(the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Awards) in 2013. He reprised the role in Season 4, with Lockhart as CIA Director. Letts has also appeared on episodes of TV shows such as Prison Break (as Peter Tucci), The District
The District
(as Brad Gilroy), Strong Medicine
Strong Medicine
(as Ken), Profiler (as Mr. Adams), Judging Amy
Judging Amy
(as Mr. Kleinman), The Drew Carey Show (as Lomax), Seinfeld
Seinfeld
(as counter man), Early Edition
Early Edition
(as Jonathan/Marksman), Home Improvement (as Henry), and others. In feature films, Letts has appeared in Audrey Wells' Guinevere (as Zack), Stuart Baird's U.S. Marshals (as Sheriff Poe), Chicago
Chicago
Cab (as the sports fan), Straight Talk
Straight Talk
(as Sean), Paramedics (as the van owner), and The Big Short (as Lawrence Fields). Letts co-starred as Dean Caudwell in Indignation (2016), an adaptation of Philip Roth's 2008 novel of the same name. Stage[edit] As playwright[edit]

1993 Killer Joe 1996 Bug 2003 Man from Nebraska 2007 August: Osage County 2008 Superior Donuts 2009 Three Sisters (adaptation of the Chekov play)[8] 2015 The Stretch[9] 2016 Mary Page Marlowe[10] 2017 Linda Vista[11] 2017 The Minutes[12]

As actor[edit]

1988 The Glass Menagerie 1991–1995 Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre 1994 Picasso At The Lapin Agile 1999 Three Days of Rain 2001 Glengarry Glen Ross 2002 The Dazzle 2002 Miracle on 34th Street 2003 Homebody/Kabul 2004 The Dresser 2005 Last of the Boys 2005 Orson's Shadow 2005 The Pain and the Itch 2006 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2006 The Pillowman 2006 The Well-Appointed Room 2007 Betrayal 2009 American Buffalo 2012 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2014 The Realistic Joneses

Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1988 Paramedics Van Owner

1992 Straight Talk Sean

1998 Chicago
Chicago
Cab Sports Fan

1998 U.S. Marshals Sheriff Poe

1999 Guinevere Zack

2006 Bug

Writer

2007 Cop Show Michael Cooke Short film; also writer

2012 Killer Joe

Writer

2013 August: Osage County

Writer

2015 The Big Short Lawrence Fields

2016 Wiener-Dog Danny

2016 Christine Michael Nelson

2016 Indignation Hawes D. Caudwell

2016 Elvis & Nixon John Finlator

2016 Imperium Dallas
Dallas
Wolf

2017 The Lovers Michael

2017 Lady Bird Larry McPherson

2017 The Post Fritz Beebe

Television[edit]

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–present Divorce Nick 15 episodes

2017 Comrade Detective Vasile (voice) Episode: "No Exit"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards

2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play – August: Osage County 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
– August: Osage County 2008 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Play – August: Osage County 2013 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominations

2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Pulitzer Prize for Drama
– Man from Nebraska 2012 Saturn Award
Saturn Award
for Best Writing – Killer Joe 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Homeland 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Homeland 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Lady Bird

References[edit]

^ "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners – Drama". pulitzer.org.  ^ "Interview with Billie Letts". readersread.org.  ^ Associated Press (2008-02-25). "Dennis Letts, 73, a Professor Who Became Broadway Actor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ "Tracy Letts's Productions at Steppenwolf". Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ a b Carlton Stowers (27 November 2003). "Sweet Revenge". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ Aifen Wang (2008). "In-your-face Theatre with In Your Face Sound Design". Stage Research. Retrieved 2008-07-03.  ^ " Carrie Coon
Carrie Coon
and Husband Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
Expecting Their First Child". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.  ^ "Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Tracy Letts". Artists Repertory Theatre. Retrieved October 26, 2009. This adaptation of the Russian masterpiece was commissioned by Artists Rep as part three of its four-part Chekhov project. Letts offers a fresh, new look at the decay of the privileged class and the search for meaning in the modern world, through the eyes of three dissatisfied sisters who desperately long for their treasured past.  ^ ""TEN" earns its rating at The Gift Theatre - Chicago Sun-Times".  ^ " Carrie Coon
Carrie Coon
Among Cast Of 19 For Steppenwolf's World Premiere Of Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
Play". Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times. Retrieved December 7, 2015.  ^ "Linda Vista Steppenwolf Theatre". www.steppenwolf.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02.  ^ "The Minutes Steppenwolf Theatre". www.steppenwolf.org. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 

External links[edit]

Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
on IMDb Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
at People.com Write TV public television interview with Tracy Letts

Awards for Tracy Letts

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Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Authors

Jesse Lynch Williams (1918) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1920) Zona Gale
Zona Gale
(1921) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1922) Owen Davis
Owen Davis
(1923) Hatcher Hughes (1924) Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
(1925) George Kelly (1926) Paul Green (1927) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1928) Elmer Rice
Elmer Rice
(1929) Marc Connelly
Marc Connelly
(1930) Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell
(1931) George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
(1932) Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson
(1933) Sidney Kingsley
Sidney Kingsley
(1934) Zoe Akins
Zoe Akins
(1935) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1936) Moss Hart
Moss Hart
and George S. Kaufman
George S. Kaufman
(1937) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1938) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1939) William Saroyan
William Saroyan
(1940) Robert E. Sherwood
Robert E. Sherwood
(1941) Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1943) Mary Chase (1945) Russel Crouse and Howard Lindsay (1946) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1948) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1949) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
Oscar Hammerstein II
and Joshua Logan (1950) Joseph Kramm (1952) William Inge
William Inge
(1953) John Patrick (1954) Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
(1955) Albert Hackett
Albert Hackett
and Frances Goodrich (1956) Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
(1957) Ketti Frings (1958) Archibald MacLeish
Archibald MacLeish
(1959) Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock
Jerry Bock
and Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
(1960) Tad Mosel
Tad Mosel
(1961) Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser
and Abe Burrows
Abe Burrows
(1962) Frank D. Gilroy (1965) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1967) Howard Sackler (1969) Charles Gordone (1970) Paul Zindel
Paul Zindel
(1971) Jason Miller (1973) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1975) Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante, James Kirkwood Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (1976) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
(1977) Donald L. Coburn (1978) Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
(1979) Lanford Wilson
Lanford Wilson
(1980) Beth Henley (1981) Charles Fuller (1982) Marsha Norman
Marsha Norman
(1983) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1984) James Lapine
James Lapine
and Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(1985) August
August
Wilson (1987) Alfred Uhry
Alfred Uhry
(1988) Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
(1989) August
August
Wilson (1990) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1991) Robert Schenkkan
Robert Schenkkan
(1992) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(1993) Edward Albee
Edward Albee
(1994) Horton Foote (1995) Jonathan Larson (1996) Paula Vogel
Paula Vogel
(1998) Margaret Edson (1999) Donald Margulies
Donald Margulies
(2000) David Auburn (2001) Suzan-Lori Parks
Suzan-Lori Parks
(2002) Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz
(2003) Doug Wright (2004) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(2005) David Lindsay-Abaire (2007) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2008) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2009) Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (2010) Bruce Norris (2011) Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012) Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar
(2013) Annie Baker
Annie Baker
(2014) Stephen Adly Guirgis (2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Philip Anglim (1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1984) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1985) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(1990) Ron Rifkin
Ron Rifkin
(1991) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1996) David Morse / Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Eddie Izzard
Eddie Izzard
(2003) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2004) Brían F. O'Byrne (2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2010) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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