Pruitt Taylor Vince

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Taylor Vince
BornPruitt Taylor Vince
(1960-07-05) July 5, 1960 (age 54)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Spouse(s)Julianne Mattelig
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Taylor Vince
BornPruitt Taylor Vince
(1960-07-05) July 5, 1960 (age 54)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Spouse(s)Julianne Mattelig

Pruitt Taylor Vince (born July 5, 1960) is an American character actor who has made many appearances in film and television.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vince was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University[2] and began acting due to a mistake; a computer error in his high school registration scheduled him in an acting class.


Vince made his film debut in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, but his scenes wound up on the cutting room floor. He had prominent supporting roles in a number of major films, including a turn as a dimwitted Ku Klux Klan member in Mississippi Burning, Lee Bowers in JFK, and the main character's best friend in Nobody's Fool. He also starred in Giuseppe Tornatore's Legend of 1900 alongside Tim Roth. He had his first lead role in James Mangold's independent film Heavy, playing a sweet, silent overweight cook harboring a crush on a waitress (Liv Tyler).

Vince often alternates roles of both heroic and villainous characters, like a lovable small town pub owner in Beautiful Girls, a serial killer with multiple personalities in Identity (a second collaboration with director Mangold), the disheveled gossip columnist in s1mone, and a pompous sheriff in Nurse Betty. He can also be seen in Love from Ground Zero as Walter. Vince also played a Southern cop in Angel Heart, a kidnapper's assistant in Trapped, and a deputy prison warden in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.

Other film titles include the neo-noir China Moon and the psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder.

Guest appearances on TV shows include Deadwood, Alias, The X-Files, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House M.D., Highlander: The Series, and the American remake of Touching Evil. In 2011 he appeared as Otis in the AMC television series The Walking Dead. He also had a guest role playing a 600-lb. patient in Fox's medical drama House. In 2010–2011 Pruitt Taylor Vince had a multi-episode appearance in The Mentalist. In 2012, he appeared in a full episode of Justified.[3] He shows great comedic talent as "Jelly" in Flypaper.


Vince received an Emmy Award in 1997 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as serial killer Clifford Banks during the second season of the television series Murder One.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Vince had a first marriage, which ended in divorce. He remarried in 2003 to Julianne Mattelig.

He has pathologic nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to move involuntarily.


List of acting performances in film and television
1987Angel HeartDet. Deimos
Shy PeoplePaul
1988Red HeatNight Clerk
Miami ViceCruzEpisode "Bad Timing"
Mississippi BurningLester Cowens
1989K-9Benny the Mule
I Know My First Name is StevenIrving MurphyTV movie
Homer and EddieCashier
1990Wild at HeartBuddy
FearShadow Man
Come See the ParadiseAugie Farrell
In the Heat of the NightLeonard GrissomEpisode "Perversions of Justice"
Jacob's LadderPaul
1991Sweet PoisonCoyleTV movie
Dead in the WaterLou RescettiTV movie
JFKLee Bowers
1992Till Death Us Do PartMichael BrockingtonTV movie
Quantum LeapHank PilcherEpisode "Moments to Live - May 4, 1985"
1993SistersJoe AbruzziaEpisode "Things Are Tough All Over"
1994China MoonDaryl Jeeters
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's GoldBud
Natural Born KillersDeputy Warden Kavanaugh
Nobody's FoolRub Squeers
1995HeavyVictor Modino
Chicago HopeWalter PlattEpisode "Small Sacrifices"
The MarshalTwo-CatsEpisode "Buy Hard"
HighlanderMikeyEpisode "The Innocent"
Under the Hula MoonBob
1996The Cottonwood
Beautiful GirlsStanley 'Stinky' Womack
The X-FilesGerry SchnauzEpisode "Unruhe"
1997Night SinsOlie SwainTV movie
Murder One: Diary of a Serial KillerClifford BanksTV mini-series
The End of ViolenceFrank Cray
Murder OneClifford Banks6 episodes
A Further GestureScott
Cold Around the HeartJohnny 'Cokebottles' Costello
1998Dr. DolittlePatient at HammersmithUncredited
The Legend of 1900Max Tooney
Love from Ground ZeroWalter
1999MumfordHenry Follett
2000Nurse BettyBallard
The CellDr. Reid
2001Gideon's CrossingJames TooleyEpisode "The Lottery"
Mental HygieneMr. AdamsShort
ThievesRoy LichterEpisode "Dey Got De Degas"
200213 MoonsOwen
S1m0neMax Sayer
2003IdentityMalcolm Rivers
L.A. ConfidentialSid HudgensTV movie
The HandlerRay / SergeiEpisode "Street Boss"
MonsterGene / Stuttering "John"
AliasCampbell / SchapkerEpisode "Breaking Point"
2004Touching EvilCyril Kemp5 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMarty GleasonEpisode "Swap Meet"
2005ConstantineFather Hennessey
Drop Dead SexySpider
2005–2006DeadwoodMose Manuel10 episodes
2006HouseGeorgeEpisode "Que Será Será"
2007When a Man Falls in the ForestTravis
CaptivityBen Dexter
2008Canterbury's LawLouis MinotEpisode "Baggage"
The EchoJoseph
2009The Smell of SuccessCleveland Clod
In the Electric MistLou Girard
Don McKayMel
Leaves of GrassBig Joe Sharpe
MediumPeter WinantEpisode "Deja Vu All Over Again"
2010Mysterious IslandGideon Spilett
InfamousThe Patriarch3 episodes
Memphis BeatMartin MatthewsEpisode "I Want to Be Free"
2010–2013The MentalistJ.J. LaRoche12 episodes
2011Stanley DeBrockEarl Wayne
FlypaperWyatt 'Jelly' Jenkins
The CapeGogglesEpisode "Goggles and Hicks"
Drive AngryRoy
On the InsideBen Marshal
ButterNed Eaten
The Walking DeadOtisEpisodes "Bloodletting" and "Save the Last One"
2012JustifiedGlen FogleEpisode "Harlan Roulette"
Bending the RulesHappy
BrakeDriver / Boss Terrorist (voice)
BonesHaze JacksonEpisode "The Prisoner in the Pipe"
Hawaii Five-0Richard BrancheEpisode "Ha'alele"
59 SecondsRobertPost-production
Dark TouristCarl Marznap
Beautiful CreaturesMr. Lee
True BloodFinn5 episodes


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