Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Patient’

The Patient cast features Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg’s 2022 FX on Hulu miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Patient focuses on a Jewish therapist who treats an admitted serial killer named Sam Fortier. When Alan Strauss wakes up in a rural home, he worries about becoming his patient’s latest victim. The narrative follows the main protagonist as he thinks about his late wife and tries to resolve Sam’s psychological issues. Here’s every main performer and character in The Patient.

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The Patient Cast: Steve Carell as Alan Strauss

Character Profile:  A Jewish psychotherapist and widower. He treats a distressed man who claims to be a serial killer. Alan sorts through personal and professional issues while locked up in a basement.

Carell’s Resume: Michael Scott in The Office (2005-13), Andy in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), John du Pont in Foxcatcher (2014), Mark Baum in The Big Short (2015), Mitch Kessler in The Morning Show (2019-21)

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The Patient Cast: Domhnall Gleeson as Sam Fortier

Character Profile: Alan’s patient. He is a self-proclaimed serial killer who seeks immediate help. Sam works as a restaurant inspector and gets triggered by condescending remarks.

Gleeson’s Resume: Levin in Anna Karenina (2012), Tim in About Time (2013), Caleb in Ex Machina (2014), Jon Burroughs in Frank (2014), General Hux in the Star Wars Movie Franchise (2015-)

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The Patient Cast: Andrew Leeds as Ezra Strauss

Character Profile: Alan’s son. He is a former guitarist who rebelled against his parents during childhood. Ezra appears briefly in the first episode.

Leeds’ Resume: Agent Ken Stevenson in Get Shorty (2018-19), Leo Cousineau in Barry (2019-), Peter Benoit in A Million Little Things (2020-), David in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020-21), Roland in The Dropout (2022)

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The Patient Cast: Laura Niemi as Beth Strauss

Character Profile: Alan’s late wife. She appears during flashback sequence and helps calm her husband’s mind. Beth teases Alan for spending too much time inside his head.

Niemi’s Resume: Roxanne in The Sopranos (2006), Jobs’ Secretary in Jobs (2013), Dr. Beth Greene in The Young and the Restless (2015), Marilyn Pearson in This Is Us (2017-), Maggie in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

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The Patient cast also includes Linda Emond (Lodge 49, Succession), David Alan Grier (In Living ColorThe Carmichael Show), Alex Rich (Genius, GLOW), Amy Handelman (Friend Zone: The Series,You’ll Be Fine) and Renata Friedman (FBIThe Terminal List).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.