Michael Pitt

Michael Pitt

  • Highest Rated: 93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Silk (2007)
  • Birthday: Apr 10, 1981
  • Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, USA
  • With a fair-skinned face that recalls Leonardo DiCaprio and blue-green eyes that seem to pierce the screen, actor Michael Pitt has come a long way from his role as a high school football star on Dawson's Creek. An adventurous actor who isn't afraid to take risks, Pitt has appeared as everything from a callous glam rocker (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) to a murderous, introspective teen (Murder by Numbers) -- all with equal conviction. A native of West Orange, NJ, Pitt realized his future calling at the age of ten. His supportive parents soon gathered the money to send their son to drama school in New York a few short years later. At 16, Pitt crossed the Hudson River with little more than the shirt on his back, and in between the occasional independent film and television role, the aspiring actor supported himself by taking a job as a bike messenger. In 1999, Pitt made his off-Broadway debut in the Depression-era drama The Trestle of Pope Lick Creek, and it was there that a casting agent spotted him and recommended him for a role in Dawson's Creek. With the creative constraints of television failing to fulfill Pitt artistically, however, the rising star quickly gravitated to more challenging feature roles. A supporting performance in director Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester (2000) found Pitt's recognition factor growing, and his next role was that of glam rocker Tommy Gnosis in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). His creativity and comfort in front of the cameras growing, Pitt took a supporting part in director Larry Clark's Bully before landing his biggest role to date as one-half of a murderous pair of teens in Barbet Schroeder's Murder by Numbers (2002). Though that may have been his highest-profile role, his most creatively challenging role was likely that of a young American living in Paris in director Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, which premiered at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. A frank and sexually explicit film concerning the friendship of Pitt's character with a pair of movie-loving Parisian siblings, the film follows the trio as they close themselves off from the world while the 1968 Paris student riots rage outside. That same year, Pitt took the lead as a reclusive young man in the dark drama Rhinoceros Eyes, and also appeared in a supporting capacity in the John Holmes crime drama Wonderland. He had a small part in 2004's The Village, and scored an art-house success as a Kurt Cobain-like figure in Gus Van Sant's Last Days. He appeared in the American remake of Funny Games in 2007, and three years later he was cast as Jimmy Darmody, the protégé to corrupt politician Nucky Thompson in the award-winning HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

54% Detective Chinatown 2 Actor 2018
43% Ghost in the Shell Kuze $40.6M 2017
30% Criminal Jan Strook – The Dutchman 2016
48% Criminal Activities Zach Executive Producer 2015
51% I Origins Dr. Ian Gray Executive Producer 2014
83% Rob the Mob Executive Producer Tommy Uva $0.3M 2014
82% Seven Psychopaths Larry $15.1M 2012
No Score Yet Pinkville Lt. William Calley 2011
18% Cop Out Henry, the Neighbor $44.1M 2010
52% Funny Games Paul $1.1M 2008
7% Silk Herve Joncour $1.2M 2007
82% Delirious Toby Grace 2007
30% The Hawk Is Dying Fred 2006
57% Last Days Blake $0.4M 2005
41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Buddy 2004
17% Jailbait Randy 2004
44% The Village Finton Coin $114.2M 2004
45% Rhinoceros Eyes Chep 2004
60% The Dreamers Matthew $2.3M 2004
34% Wonderland Gopher 2003
31% Murder by Numbers Justin Pendleton $31.9M 2002
77% Changing Lanes music teacher/conductor $66.7M 2002
54% Bully Donny Semenec 2001
93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tommy Gnosis $1.6M 2001
74% Finding Forrester Coleridge $51.4M 2000

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

92% Person Of Interest
2011
Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
2011-2016
Producer
  • 2016
  • 2011
92% Hannibal
2013-2015
Mason Verger
  • 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
Jimmy Darmody
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Harry Baker
  • 2002
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
Henry
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Andy
  • 1998

QUOTES FROM Michael Pitt CHARACTERS

Sofi
When I saw you that night I had the feeling that I knew you, actually I felt that you knew me.
Dr. Ian Gray
What do you mean?
Sofi
Like we where connected from past lives.
Dr. Ian Gray
I don't belive in that.
Dr. Ian Gray
What's your favorite flower?
Sofi
Dandelions.
Dr. Ian Gray
Okay. Why?
Sofi
'Cause, they're free, wild, and you can't buy them.
Dr. Ian Gray
Where are you from?
Sofi
Another planet.
Zach
You screwed us.
Eddie
Occupational hazard.
Blake
You know, it's kinda like... Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.
Randy
I badly wanted to reach through the screen and break him out.
Matthew
The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
Matthew
I don't believe in God, but if I did, he would be a black, left-handed guitarist.
Matthew
It makes films like crimes, and directors like criminals.
Matthew
As we walked, we talked and talked and talked about politics, about movies, and about why the French could never come close to producing a good rock band.
Matthew
I was one of the insatiables. The ones you'd always find sitting closest to the screen. Why do we sit so close? Maybe it was because we wanted to receive the images first. When they were still new, still fresh. Before they cleared the hurdles of the rows behind us. Before they'd been relayed back from row to row, spectator to spectator; until worn out, secondhand, the size of a postage stamp, it returned to the projectionist's cabin. Maybe, too, the screen was really a screen. It screened us... from the world.
Matthew
Yes, I'm drunk. And you're beautiful. And tomorrow morning, I'll be sober but you'll still be beautiful.
Matthew
I don't want to be loved very much, I just want to be loved.
Blake
I lost something on my way to wherever i am today...
Blake
I lost something on my way... to... wherever... I am today
Blake
I lost something on my way... to... wherever... I am today.
Paul
We're not up to feature film length yet.