Michael Pitt

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Michael Pitt
Michael-pitt-2011-critics-choice-television-awards-01.jpg
Pitt in 2011 at the Critics Choice Awards.
Born( 1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 33)
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor
Musician
Model
Years active1997–present
 
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This article is about the American actor. For the British civil servant, see Michael Pitt (civil servant). For the college principal, see Michael William Pitt.
Michael Pitt
Michael-pitt-2011-critics-choice-television-awards-01.jpg
Pitt in 2011 at the Critics Choice Awards.
Born( 1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 33)
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor
Musician
Model
Years active1997–present

Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. Pitt is known in film for his role in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, and in television for his roles as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Mason Verger in the NBC series Hannibal.

Career[edit]

Theater and television[edit]

Pitt made his Off-Broadway debut in 1999 in the play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at the New York Theatre Workshop. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000).[citation needed] He is of English and Italian heritage. [1]

Film[edit]

Pitt's breakout role as the lover of a transgender rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001[2] led to supporting roles in Bully, and in mainstream Hollywood fare such as Murder by Numbers and The Village, as well as the lead role in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers.[citation needed]

Pitt next appeared in Asia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and starred in Gus Van Sant's Last Days, playing a rock star "inspired" by Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.[3] He performed all of the songs, which closely resembled Cobain's guitar and singing styles.

On set, he met Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who had been hired by Van Sant to serve as the film's music consultant. The pair formed a close bond, with Moore writing, "[Gus] wanted me to hang out with Michael and talk about his character, and let him be in character. We ended up spending a lot of time together. My daughter Coco still relates to Michael as Blake from 'Last Days'". In 2007, he starred opposite Keira Knightley in Silk, adapted from the novel by Alessandro Baricco. He played the lead role of Hervé Joncour, a French silkworm smuggler, who falls in love with a baron's concubine while in Japan. The same year he starred in the romantic comedy Delirious as a young homeless man who befriends a celebrity photographer and falls in love with a pop singer. The movie appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Pitt starred in Funny Games, Michael Haneke's remake of the 1997 film of the same name.

Return to television[edit]

In 2010, Pitt was cast as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire (about the rise of Atlantic City during the Prohibition era). He appeared in the show's first two seasons, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics's Choice Award for his performance. In 2014, he was cast in the recurring role of Mason Verger in the NBC series Hannibal.[4]

Music[edit]

Pitt sang and played guitar in his band, Pagoda, whose self-titled debut album was released by Universal/Fontana/Ecstatic Peace in 2007.[citation needed]

Under the title Jimi Pitt and the Twins of Evil, Pitt performed "Hey Joe" with the Twins of Evil for The Dreamers soundtrack.[5]

Modeling[edit]

In 2012, Pitt was named the face of Italian fashion house Prada to model their men's clothes.

Relationships[edit]

In 2005 Michael Pitt revealed that he has been "engaged for a long time now" to the model Jamie Bochert. They've been a couple since around 2005 and are yet to be married.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Hi-LifeBoy Teen
199854Dance StudentUncredited
1999Even Housewives in Minnesota Have Those DaydreamsPetey
2000Finding ForresterJohn Coleridge
2001BullyDonny Semenec
2001The Yellow BirdStuff
2001Hedwig and the Angry InchTommy Gnosis
2002Murder by NumbersJustin Pendleton
2003Rhinoceros EyesChep
2003The DreamersMatthew
2004The VillageFinton Coin
2004The Heart Is Deceitful Above All ThingsBuddy
2004JailbaitRandy
2005Last DaysBlake
2006DeliriousToby Grace
2006The Hawk Is DyingFred
2007Funny GamesPaulChainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007SilkHervé Joncour
2011HugoProjectionistUncredited
2012Seven PsychopathsLarryBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2014Rob the MobTommy Uva
2014I OriginsIan GrayExecutive producer
2014You Can't WinJack BlackProducer & co-writer; Post-production
2014The Smell of UsPost-production
2015We Are SisyphosFilming
2015Criminal ActivitiesFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997DellaventuraBabyfaceEpisode "Above Reproach"
1998Law & OrderAndyEpisode "Carrier"
1999–2000Dawson's CreekHenry Parker15 episodes
2002Law and Order: Special Victims UnitHarry BakerEpisode: "Prodigy"
2008T TakesThe Guest in Room 113Episode: "Room 113"
2010–2011Boardwalk EmpireJimmy DarmodyMain Cast; 24 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011–2012)
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble In A Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series (2012)
2014HannibalMason Verger3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "plasticvenus.com". 
  2. ^ IMDb (1990–2012). "Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Ann Hornaday (5 August 2005). "'Last Days': Kurt Cobain in Thin Disguise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Pitt profile in Hannibal, insidetv.ew.com, January 31, 2014; accessed April 11, 2014.
  5. ^ Grooveshark (2012). "The Dreamers Soundtrack". Grooveshark. Grooveshark. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

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