Patrick Fugit

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Patrick Fugit
PatrickFugit1SecondFilm.jpg
Fugit in November 2006
BornPatrick Raymond Fugit
(1982-10-27) October 27, 1982 (age 31)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
 
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Patrick Fugit
PatrickFugit1SecondFilm.jpg
Fugit in November 2006
BornPatrick Raymond Fugit
(1982-10-27) October 27, 1982 (age 31)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present

Patrick Raymond Fugit (born October 27, 1982) is an American actor best known for his performance in the lead role of Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous.

Career[edit]

Making his acting debut in a school production while in the seventh grade (he played the shoemaker in The Twelve Dancing Princesses), Fugit pursued an acting career and landed guest roles on episodes of Promised Land and Touched by an Angel (both from CBS) in 1998. That same year, he was a meal for hungry insects in the Fox television movie Legion of Fire: Killer Ants. Work in the more mild-mannered Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (CBS) followed in 2000.

Fugit became much more widely known when he was cast in the starring role in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, playing a young rock-fan-turned-reporter. He later claimed that his knowledge of 1970s rock music was nil ("I actually thought Led Zeppelin was one person"). Fugit's performance was widely praised. Before Almost Famous was released, he auditioned for the title role in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko. The role eventually went to Jake Gyllenhaal.

Fugit later played a sweetly geeky, aspiring comic book artist in White Oleander (2002) and a naive drug addict in the indie dark comedy Spun (2003). His next film, Saved! (2004), was a satirical look at the religious right in high school. Fugit played the cool young pastor's skateboarding son and love interest to a pregnant, once-popular teen (Jena Malone) who must re-evaluate her moral positions.

In 2005, he co-starred in The Amateurs, an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno. In the 2006 film, Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas, his love interest was Olivia Wilde of the television series House, M.D., where Fugit had a guest star appearance. In 2007, he co-starred with Shannyn Sossamon in Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Fugit portrayed the role of a snake boy, Evra Von, in the movie Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, released on October 23, 2009.

In November 2010, Fugit signed on to Cameron Crowe's adaptation of Benjamin Mee's We Bought a Zoo, which was released in December 2011.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Fugit was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His mother, Jan Clark-Fugit, is a dance teacher, and his father, Bruce Fugit, is an electrical engineer.[2][3] Fugit is the oldest of three children; he has a younger sister, Jocelyn, and a younger brother, Colin. In high school, Fugit was diagnosed with ADHD while a student at East High School in Salt Lake City.[3]

Fugit has been an avid skateboarder since he was 15.[3] In the film Saved!, the character of Patrick was originally supposed to be a surfer. But when Fugit was cast, the character was changed to a skateboarder because of Fugit's skateboarding experience.[4]

Fugit formed the Salt Lake City band "Mushman" with best friend David Fetzer, by "accident". The band can best be described as a blend of folk and rock. Fugit plays the guitar and sometimes sings.[5] Fugit is also studying flamenco guitar, which he can be heard playing on the Cavedoll song "MAYDAY".[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
2000Almost FamousWilliam Miller
2002SpunFrisbee
2002White OleanderPaul Trout
2004Saved!Patrick
2004Dead BirdsSam
2005The AmateursEmmettAlternative title: The Moguls
2006Wristcutters: A Love StoryZia
2006Bickford Shmeckler's Cool IdeasBickford Shmeckler
2007The Good LifeAndrew
2009HorsemenCory
2009Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's AssistantEvra the Snake Boy
2011Cinema VeriteAlan RaymondTV Movie
2011We Bought a ZooRobin Jones
2012Thanks for SharingDanny
2013A Night With Little RichardThe DoucheShort
2013RecklessDavid HarrisonCompleted
2013The Thrill Is OnMichael ZanetisIn production
2014The ListAlexPost-production
2014Gone GirlDetective Jim GilpinFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997, 1998Touched by an AngelBoy #1 / JoeyEpisode: Nothing But Net
Episode: Only Connect
1998Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!Scott BlountTV Movie
1999Stray DogDuncanTV Movie
2001MADtvWilliam MillerEpisode: 6.19
2003ERSean Simmons3 episodes
2005Everything You WantCustomerTV movie; alternate title: Love Surreal
2006House, M.D.Jack WaltersEpisode: Whac-A-Mole

References[edit]

  1. ^ Punch Drunk Critics. Punch Drunk Critics (2010–11). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  2. ^ Patrick Fugit Biography – Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  3. ^ a b c Saved Movie – Patrick Fugit and Heather Matarazzo Interview. Movies.about.com (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  4. ^ Saved Movie – Patrick Fugit and Heather Matarazzo Interview. Movies.about.com (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  5. ^ Mushman – SALT LAKE CITY, US – Indie / Folk Rock – www.myspace.com/mushmanstories. MySpace.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  6. ^ Cavedoll on iTunes – SALT LAKE CITY, US – Indie Rock. Phobos.apple.com (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.

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