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Michael Pitt

Highest Rated:   93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Lowest Rated:   7% Silk (2007)
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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
46% Ghost in the Shell
  • Kuze
$39.2M 2017
30% Criminal
  • Jan Strook – The Dutchman
2016
50% Criminal Activities
  • Zach
  • Executive Producer
2015
53% I Origins
  • Dr. Ian Gray
  • Executive Producer
2014
84% 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
19% Cop Out
  • Henry, the Neighbor
$44.1M 2010
52% Funny Games
  • Paul
$1.1M 2008
7% Silk
  • Herve Joncour
$1.1M 2007
81% 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
43% The Village
  • Finton Coin
$114.2M 2004
45% Rhinoceros Eyes
  • Chep
2004
61% 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
89% Hannibal
2013-2015
  • Mason Verger
  • 2014
91% 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

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