- Full Name Finn Michael Wolfhard
- Occupation Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, and Director
- Nationality Canadian
- Birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Birth Date December 23, 2002
Finn Wolfhard | BiographyMade His Television Debut as Zoran in 'The 100'
Finn Wolfhard landed a breakout role as Mike Wheeler in the massively popular Netflix’s horror sci-fi mystery-thriller series 'Stranger Things' in 2016. He rose to fame as one of the main protagonists of the series. Wolfhard has been a part of 'Stranger Things' since its first season since its premiere in July 2016. He starred in three seasons of the series and will also be a part of its fourth season. It will be released in 2022.
Finn Wolfhard is an actor best recognized for starring Mike Wheeler in the critically acclaimed Netflix series 'Stranger Things.'
Who is Finn Wolfhard?
Finn Wolfhard is a Canadian actor, musician, director, and screenwriter. He started his professional career at nine when he starred in the Facts band’s 2012 music video ‘Retro Oceans.’ He made his television debut in the 2013 short sci-fi film Aftermath.
After playing small parts in a couple of TV series, including The 100 and Supernatural, Wolfhard received a breakout role as Mike Wheeler in Netflix’s hit original series Stranger Things in 2016. He played one of the main protagonists in the series for the three seasons. He will also be part of the next season of the series, which is expected to be released in 2022.
Early Life and Education
Finn Wolfhard, full name, Finn Michael Wolfhard, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on 23 December 2002. Born to Mary Jolivet and Eric Wolfhard, an aboriginal land claims researcher, his family was French, German, and Jewish descent. He has an older brother, Nick Wolfhard, who is also an actor.
Describing his name, Wolfhard explained, “It’s my given, full name. Finn’s not short for anything; it’s just Finn Wolfhard. And then Wolfhard means, I think, heart of the wolf in German.” He continued, “What’s funny is I’m German, but then I’m like French — I’m French and German and then Jewish. It’s really weird. I have really weird blood. And then I go to Catholic school, which is really weird.”
He was homeschooled for the seventh grade. He was scared to join the regular school as he didn’t have a great time going to his former schools. However, when he attended St. Patrick’s Open House, he immediately felt at home with all the teachers. He then graduated from St. Patrick Regional Secondary School in the class of 2020 in June of that year.
Wolfhard grew up watching movies, and he got inspired to enter the show business because of his father and brother since they were involved in the entertainment sector. He explained, “My dad is a screenwriter, so he always used to watch movies for inspiration when I was a baby. I would watch movies with him, I guess, in the background. Probably movies that I definitely should not have watched. That’s probably more thanks to my brother. I just wound up getting inspired by all these movies I grew up watching. I just wanted to get into show business. I didn’t really care what it was, I just wanted to get into it.”
Before debuting as a professional actor, Wolfhard starred in a couple of music videos. He started his professional career at nine, starring in the 2012 music video ‘Retro Oceans,’ a song by the Facts band from the album Like a Living Being. He then appeared as Zombie Paper Boy in the title song of the rock band Hey Ocean! ’s album Change in 2013.
After featuring in two music videos, Wolfhard landed his first acting role in the 2013 short sci-fi film Aftermath, portraying the role of Young Charles. He then made his television debut in the 2014 post-apocalyptic sci-fi TV series The 100 as Zoran. His next television role was in the horror-mystery TV series Supernatural as Jordie Pinsky in 2015.
He then landed a breakout role as Mike Wheeler in the massively popular Netflix’s horror sci-fi mystery-thriller series Stranger Things in 2016. In 2017, Wolfhard was cast as Richie Tozier in the supernatural horror film It, which was based on the 1986 book written by Stephen King. He reprised his role as Young Richie Tozier in its sequel/second half of It Chapter Two in 2019. In 2018, he starred as Tyler in the romantic comedy film Dog Days and Young Gauss in the animated short Young Math Legends.
He then appeared as Young Boris in the 2019 American drama film The Goldfinch. The movie was an adaption of Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling novel written by Donna Tartt. That year, he also voiced Pugsley Addams’s character in the animated supernatural black comedy film The Addams Family. He also voiced the character of Player in Netflix’s animated TV series Carmen Sandiego from 2019 and has completed four seasons.
In 2020, he starred in the role of Miles Fairchild in the supernatural horror film The Turning. It is a modern adaptation of the 1898 horror novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ written by Henry James. That same year, he voiced Man Living in Wall/Bliblie in the animated comedy TV short Smiling Friends and Boypunzel/Manpunzel in the adult animated horror-comedy TV series JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales.
In 2020, he also appeared as Inigo Montoya in the short fantasy-comedy mini-series Home Movie: The Princess Bride and starred as Bobert in the short fantasy drama film Rule For Werewolves. In 2021, he was cast as Ezra in the dramatic comedy film How It Ends. Furthermore, he will appear in the lead role of Trevor in the upcoming fantasy comedy film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. It is all set to be released on 11 November 2021 in the United States.
Wolfhard auditioned for Stranger Things through his agent. Recalling how he became a part of the series, he expressed, “I did an audition where I was sick in bed. Matt and Ross really liked it, and they invited me for a Skype call. We didn’t even talk about work; it wasn’t even about the part or anything. We were talking about movies the entire time, which was a good sign for me from the beginning. Then on the side, they were like, Oh yeah, by the way: Come to LA.” So I came to LA, and I did one audition before I met Millie [Bobby Brown], Caleb [McLaughlin], and Gaten [Matarazzo].” He continued, “Then they asked me again to come back, about a month later. Then I waited for about a month. I didn’t know if I got it or not. I was really on hold for it, and then finally I got the call from Matt — he was in the Atlanta airport, and he was trying to track me down because I was asleep upstairs. It was summer, it was 12 0’clock p.m. He was telling me to get out of bed — you’re going to be in a Netflix show.”
He then rose to fame as one of the main protagonists of Stranger Things. He played the role of Mike Wheeler, who, along with his friends Dustin and Lucas, goes on the mission to find his best friend Mike, who disappeared mysteriously.
Wolfhard has been a part of Stranger Things since its first season since its premiere in July 2016. He starred in three seasons of the series and will also be a part of its fourth season. The filming of the fourth season had been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it will be released in 2022.
In addition to acting, Wolfhard also has a musical career. He formed a Vancouver-based garage-rock band called Calpurnia in 2017. He was a lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter until the band was disbanded in November 2019. Calpurnia released its debut EP in June 2018. Their first single, ‘City Boy’ debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist and reached No. 23 on Billboard’s Alternative Digital Song Chart.
Wolfhard has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of August 2021. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he earned $30,000 per episode during the second season of Stranger Things. His salary rose to $250,000 per episode in the third season of the series.