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Evan Peters plays many of the most memorable characters across American Horror Story's first eight seasons. Year after year, Peters returns to bring a new person, or sometimes people, to life. While Peters didn't appear in 1984, he did return for season 10: Double Feature.
In American Horror Story, Peters does it all. He depicts both heinous serial killers and honest, genuine victims. These characters, in total, attest to Peters's next-level acting skills. Being able to bring out so much evil in one season and so much innocence in the next is no easy task.
Updated on October 6th, 2022, by Kevin Pantoja: The recent popularity of Netflix's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has everyone talking about Evan Peters. Although Peters won an Emmy in 2021 for playing a character who wasn't evil, someone as vile as Dahmer is not unusual for the actor. His storied career on American Horror Story has seen him portray some truly evil characters from murders to cult leaders. Of course, he has also played a few relatively heroic characters on the show too.
Kit Walker (Asylum)
A gas station attendant, Kit Walker's life is turned upside when aliens abduct him and his wife, Alma. In the wake of the abduction, Walker is falsely accused of killing his wife and two other women, prompting his arrival at Briarcliff Manor sanitorium — where is accused of being the serial killer Bloody Face.
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At Briarcliff, Walker is subjected to heinous experiments conducted by Dr. Arthur Arden, who discovers a chip implanted in Walker's neck. Walker is ultimately innocent and just wanted to live a quiet life with his wife, making him more of a victim than a villain.
Jimmy Darling (Freak Show)
Jimmy Darling, who travels with Elsa Mars's Freak Show as Lobster Boy, has ectrodactyly. From a young age, Jimmy's parents exploited his condition for financial gain; Jimmy's traumatic upbringing instilled within him a sense of intense loyalty toward others in his line of work, and he will do whatever it takes to defend them from those who want to take advantage of them.
He manages to prove himself to be one of the bravest characters of the Freak Show season and easily one of Peters's most courageous portrayals on the series.
Rory Monahan (Roanoke)
Rory Monahan is an Australian actor who reenacted Edward Philippe Mott in My Roanoke Nightmare. Affable, laid back, and outgoing, Monahan falls in love with his co-star Audrey Tindall (Sarah Paulson).
Unfortunately, Monahan is the first to die in the haunted house when he returns to film the show's sequel, Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell. He was a pretty typical dude who wasn't at all villainous.
Andy Warhol (Cult)
In Cult, one of the many characters brought to life by Peters is famous contemporary artist Andy Warhol, who was shot by a woman named Valerie Solanis in 1968.
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Here, Warhol is depicted as a misogynist who rejected Solanis' artistic worth simply because she's a woman. That makes him an unlikable character but certainly not one that could be considered flat-out evil.
Kyle Spencer (Coven)
After Kyle Spencer's frat brothers drug and assault witch Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), he dies alongside them when Montgomery uses her powers to flip the bus they're riding in. Spencer is brought back to life by the witches, becoming a sort of Frankenstein's monster.
Spencer is far from the typical college guy; he's smart, caring, and interested in helping New Orleanians — before he is killed and resurrected, that is.
Mr. Gallant (Apocalypse)
Mr. Gallant is a hairstylist who manages to make it one of the outpost bunkers thanks to his wealthy client, Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt. Stubborn and conceited, Mr. Gallant struggles with post-apocalyptic life.
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He is seduced and then entranced by Michael Langdon, aka the Antichrist, and murders his grandmother Evie under one of Michael's spells.
The Jesus who appears in American Horror Story is far from the one described in Judeo-Christian holy texts.
Instead, he's ultimately a figment of cult leader Kai Anderson's imaginable. Kai's Jesus descends from Heaven to save the egomaniacal Jim Jones and give him a high five. That's really all he does so it's not one of Peters' most impressive performances and roles.
Edward Philippe Mott (Roanoke)
Rory Monahan plays Edward Philippe Mott in My Roanoke Nightmare, the original owner of the Roanoke mansion. When The Butcher who haunts the home destroyed all of his art, Mott blamed the poor people he had enslaved and confined them to his root cellar.
He met a supernatural demise a few days later and it was the kind of thing that felt fitting for the things he had done beforehand.
Marshall Applewhite (Cult)
Marshall Applewhite was initially behind the Heaven's Gate death cult, whose members infamously died by mass suicide by poisoning themselves in hopes they would ascend into the next plane, one occupied by aliens.
Applewhite died alongside everyone else. Heaven's Gate is one of the cults whose history Kai Anderson shares with his followers in Cult.
Charles Manson (Cult)
Charles Manson was be a white supremacist who orchestrated the horrific Tate/LaBianca murders in 1969. The murders acted out on behalf of Manson were some of the most brutal in history, and Peters makes for a convincing psychopath.
It's the kind of role that showcases just how perfectly cast Peters was for the recent Netflix series as he has embodied these sinister killers in the past.
David Koresh (Cult)
Another one of the cult leaders explored by Kai Anderson is David Koresh, whose religious cult, the Branch Davidians, was decimated by a violent standoff with the FBI in the early '90s.
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Anderson looks toward men like Koresh for inspiration and guidance in Cult. That led him to commit some heinous acts throughout his time on the show.
Jim Jones (Cult)
Yet another cult leader Kai Anderson pays tribute to is Jim Jones, who forced his 800+ followers to drink juice laced with cyanide. Kai tests his cult by making a poisonous Kool-Aid designed to shed everyone's physical bodies and help them become immortal.
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Like Jones and his Peoples Temple, Kai's intentions are far more nefarious than this.
Jeff Pfister (Apocalypse)
Jeff Pfister is a tech bro with a terrible haircut who helps Michael Langdon bring on the end times. The idea of purposely setting something like that up is pretty evil.
He works alongside Mutt Nutter at Kineros Robotics, and the two eventually sell their souls to the devil and become members of Langdon's Cooperative.
Austin Sommers (Double Feature)
Austin Sommers is one of the many vampires to appear in Double Feature. He is also a famous playwright and in his first scene, it's not clear that he's a vampire. As with the others on the show, they become these bloodthirsty creatures as a way to unlock their full talent.
Basically, they trade in their humanity to be the best at their craft. That means Austin, along with the other vampires throughout the season, fully understand that they are going to eat and kill people and are okay with it as long as they get what they want in the end.
Tate Langdon (Murder House)
Tate Langdon is one of the many ghosts stuck in the titular domicile during the Murder House season. When he was alive, he committed a mass shooting at his high school, which is among the evilest things ever done on the show.
hen he's dead, he sexually assaults Vivien Harmon while trying to seduce her daughter Violet, only adding to his horrendous acts. His attack on Vivien results in the birth of Michael Langdon, who turns out to be the Antichrist.
James Patrick March (Hotel)
James Patrick March designed the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles as a veritable murderer's paradise, one replete with hidden rooms, secret chambers, and tons of hiding places.
After taking his own life, March's ghost remains in the hotel, where he tortures and stalks victims from the afterlife. He even coordinates a yearly Devil's Night, where famous serial killers from all over the world descend upon the Cortez for one night of mayhem.
Kai Anderson (Cult)
In Cult, Kai Anderson's capacity for evil knows no bounds. He's the most unhinged and the most dangerous character played by Peters in all of American Horror Story.
The only reason the ego-driven, maniacal cult leader who hopes to take over the world fails is because he messes with the wrong woman: Sarah Paulson's Ally Mayfair-Richards. Along with manipulating everyone he possibly can, he had even bigger plans that included murdering pregnant women, among many other awful atrocities.
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After his first portrayal of Tate In American Horror Story: Murder House, Peters has succeeded in a variety of roles over his time on the show. Perhaps his best work was in season two, dubbed Asylum, where he ironically played a genuinely good man who was assumed to be a psychopathic murderer.What was Evan Peters best role on American Horror Story? ›
After his first portrayal of Tate In American Horror Story: Murder House, Peters has succeeded in a variety of roles over his time on the show. Perhaps his best work was in season two, dubbed Asylum, where he ironically played a genuinely good man who was assumed to be a psychopathic murderer.Does Evan Peters have a middle name? ›
Evan Thomas Peters (born January 20, 1987) is an American actor.How old is Evan Peter? › Did Evan Peters quit AHS for good? ›
The actor has stated before that he needed a break from the anthology horror series. Peters also wanted to explore other roles and project.What villains did Evan Peters play? ›
- 1 Jeffrey Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
- 2 Kai Anderson - American Horror Story: Cult. ...
- 3 Tate Langdon - American Horror Story: Murder House. ...
- 4 James Patrick March - American Horror Story: Hotel. ...
In 2014, Peters proposed to Roberts, but by the following year, they ended the engagement.
Which personality type is Evan Peters? Evan Peters is an INFP personality type.What Disney show was Evan Peters on? ›
Now, Evan is known for playing wicked characters, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and villains on American Horror Story, but before that, he started out playing silly characters, such as Seth Wosmer on Disney Channel's Phil of the Future. He also played Russell in the 2004 movie Sleepover.What is Evan short for? ›
Evan is both an English and Welsh given name derived from "Iefan", a Welsh form for the name John. In other languages it bears similarities to "Ivan", "Ian", and "Juan"; the name John itself is derived from the ancient Hebrew name יְהֹוחָנָן Yəhôḥānān, which means "Yahweh is gracious".
Gender: Evan is most often given as a boy's name.Is Evan an unused name? ›
Today, the name Evan is still favored, maintaining a position in the top 125 popular baby names in the United States.Why did Evan Peters break from AHS? ›
In another interview with GQ, Peters said he needed to take a break from AHS after Apocalypse for his mental health. “I'm going to take a break, regroup, decompress, get back in touch with what I feel like I want to do” he said. “Not that I didn't want to do any of those roles – they're exactly what I wanted to do.Why did Evan Peters leaving AHS? ›
After season eight's Apocalypse, Evan decided a break from the series, and acting in general, was necessary for his own wellbeing. "I'm goofy, I'm silly, I like to have fun. I don't like to yell and scream,” he frankly told GQ in 2018.
Is Evan Peters in AHS season 11? Everyone wants to know if Evan Peters is in AHS season 11. Unfortunately, Peters won't be returning for this installment. He's considered a veteran of the show, appearing in almost every season since its inception in 2011 in an incredibly intense role as Tate Langdon.What character did Evan Peters play in Deadpool? ›
Evan Peters, who portrayed Quicksilver in three of 20th Century Fox's X-Men films prior to their acquisition by Disney, is reportedly set to reprise his role in Deadpool 3, set in the MCU, which will be released on November 8, 2024.How scary is American Horror Story? ›
American Horror Story is well known for its daring, disturbing nature. It's a unique show in that it's certainly scary at times, but it also has depth and complexity and even a little bit of camp, making it a very well-rounded, often unpredictable show.What season is Tate Langdon in? ›
Tate Langdon, also known as the Rubber Man, a major antagonist in the American Horror Story franchise. He is the main antagonist of the show's first season, Murder House, a minor yet pivotal character in the eighth season, Apocalypse, and a major antagonist in the spin-off series, American Horror Stories.Did Evan Peters win any awards for AHS? ›
Evan Peters is the cast member who portrays the largest amount of characters so far, with a total of 16 characters. Over the ten seasons, he portrayed four LGBT characters; Edward Philippe Mott, Kai Anderson, Gallant and Jeff.
For one of his breakthrough roles as Tate Langdon in the series “American Horror Story”, he had a salary of $100,000 to $250,000 for each episode.What role does Evan Peters play in AHS season 2? ›
Peters returned for AHS season 2 to play Kit Walker, the man sent to Briarcliff after he was wrongfully accused of being Bloody Face.What was the last AHS with Evan Peters? ›
Evan Peters has been in more seasons of FX's “American Horror Story” than any other male actor, appearing in all of them except for Season 9, “AHS: 1984,” and the upcoming Season 11, “AHS: New York City.” (Sarah Paulson matches his track record for female actors.)Who won best actor in a limited series? ›
Evan Peters has appeared in the most American Horror Story episodes out of all the series cast members to date, at 100 episodes over 9 seasons.Is Evan Peters in AHS 4? ›
In the fourth edition of “AHS,” Peters portrayed Jimmy Darling a.k.a. Lobster Boy, a performer in the freak show with deformed hands who dreams of living a “normal” life. Even though his story wasn't as enthralling as other characters he would play, there was a protectiveness to Jimmy that made him easy to root for.Who made the most money from AHS? ›
- Patti LuPone, 73 – US$8 million.
- Kal Penn, 45 – US$10 million.
- Sarah Paulson, 47 – US$12 million.
- Macaulay Culkin, 42 – US$18 million.
- Jessica Lange, 73 – US$20 million.
- Zachary Quinto, 45 – US$20 million.
- Angela Bassett, 64 – US$25 million.
- Emma Roberts, 31 – US$25 million.
1 Kathy Bates - $32 million
She ended up earning both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her performance. In total, Kathy has earned an Academy Award, three American Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Obie Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards over the course of her career.
Evan Peters took 2 years to recover after filming AHS: Cult says Ryan Murphy. "He was still feeling it, the darkness, while we were making Pose season one, it got under his skin in a really hard long way."Who is Evan Peters in season 7 of AHS? ›
Evan Peters stars as "Kai Anderson" in the seventh installment of American Horror Story.
Paulson and Peters are the show's biggest mainstays, having appeared in every season except 1984 (season 9).Who does Evan Peters play in season 4? ›
7. Jimmy Darling (“Freak Show”) — In Season 4 Peters portrayed Jimmy Darling a.k.a. Lobster Boy, a performer in the freak show with deformed hands who dreams of living a “normal” life.