Michael Wincott

Michael Wincott

  • Highest Rated: 94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% The Sicilian (1987)
  • Birthday: Jan 21, 1958
  • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Michael Wincott's filmography contains a veritable rogues' gallery of brooding villains and charismatic scalawags. Interestingly, he consistently wins high marks for his performances but remains largely unknown outside of a growing circle of devoted fans. He was born in London, Ontario, and trained at the prestigious Juilliard School. He launched his professional career on the New York Stage, appearing in such productions as The Plough and the Stars, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder, and 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore. He also appeared in a few Broadway dramas, including Sam Shepard's premiere production of States of Shock. He made his feature film debut in a Canadian production, Wild Horse Hank (1979). Some of his more memorable roles include his reprisal of his Broadway performance as a zoned-out rocker in Oliver Stone's film adaptation of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio (1988). In villainous roles, Wincott projects a charismatic intensity that eclipses the actor behind the them, which is perhaps one reason why major stardom has eluded him. He was riveting as Top Dollar, the supervillain in The Crow (1994). Wincott's brother, Jeff Wincott, is also an actor.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

47% Knight of Cups Herb $0.4M 2016
42% Forsaken Dave Turner 2016
No Score Yet The Girl From Nagasaki Goro 2013
60% Hitchcock Ed Gein $6.1M 2012
No Score Yet A Lonely Place for Dying Anthony Greenglass 2012
50% What Just Happened? Jeremy Brunell $1.1M 2008
94% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Himself $5.9M 2007
55% Seraphim Falls Hayes $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition) Actor 2007
67% The Assassination of Richard Nixon Julius Bicke $0.6M 2004
69% Treasure Planet Scroop $38.2M 2002
74% The Count of Monte Cristo Armand Dorleac $54.2M 2002
31% Along Came a Spider Gary Soneji/Jonathan Mercuzio $73.6M 2001
73% Before Night Falls Heberto Zorilla Ochoa $2.8M 2001
No Score Yet Special Unit AT 13 Actor 2001
No Score Yet Hidden Agenda Actor 1999
20% Gunshy Frankie 1998
56% Alien Resurrection Elgyn 1997
15% Metro Michael Korda 1997
68% Basquiat Rene Ricard 1996
62% Strange Days Philo Gant 1995
71% Dead Man Conway Twill 1995
27% Panther Tynan 1995
82% The Crow Top Dollar 1994
31% The Three Musketeers Rochefort 1993
22% Romeo Is Bleeding Sal 1993
32% 1492: Conquest of Paradise Moxica 1992
51% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Guy of Gisborne 1991
57% The Doors Paul Rothchild 1991
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story Actor 1991
87% Born on the Fourth of July Vet #2 1989
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway Soupy Mike 1989
82% Talk Radio Voice of Joe 1988
12% The Sicilian Cpl. Silvestro Canio 1987
57% Curtains Matthew 1983
78% Ticket to Heaven Gerry 1981
No Score Yet Circle of Two Paul 1980
No Score Yet An American Christmas Carol Choir Leader 1979
No Score Yet Wild Horse Hank Charlie Connors 1979

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

75% 24: Live Another Day
2014
Adrian Cross
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Jordan Jarrow
  • 1989
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Michael Wincott CHARACTERS

Rene Ricard
Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat. There's no trip so horrible that someone won't take it. The idea of the unrecognized genius slaving away in a garot is deliciously foolish one. We must credit the life of Vincent Van Gogh for really sending this myth into orbit. I mean, how many pictures did he sell, one? He couldn't give them away. He has to be the most modern artist, but everybody hated him. He was so ashamed of his life that the rest of our history will be contribution to Van Gogh's neglect. No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another like Van Gogh. In this town, one is at the mercy of the recognition factor. One's public appearance is absolute. Part of the artist's job is to get the work where I will see it. I consider myself a metaphor on the public.
Skank
[frantic upon seeing Eric's picture] That's him! That's him! But he looked different. He was all painted up white like some sort of dead whore! I've seen him! T-Bird, he sent me in some road beers, right? Then he took him away. But, I chased him down. And he flash fried T-bird to his fucking car! [puts his flask to the sky] Aww, T-Bird here's to you buddy! [drinks his flask] "Fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!"
Top Dollar
[amused by Skank's behavior] Maybe we oughta just video tape this; play it back in slow motion.
Top Dollar
I want you to set a fire so goddamn big, the gods'll notice us again, that's what I'm sayin'. I want all of you boys to be able to look me straight in the eye one more time and say: ARE WE HAVING FUN OR WHAT?! (to Skank) Hey, you! What's your name? Skank? You don't feel that?
Skank
I feel like a little worm on a big fuckin' hook!
Top Dollar
"I feel like a little worm on a big fucking hook." Well, boy, your mama must be damn proud of you!
Top Dollar
Quick impression for you: Caw! Caw! Bang! Fuck, I'm dead!
Guy of Gisborne
Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe?
Sheriff of Nottingham
Because it's dull, you twit. It'll hurt more!
Top Dollar
Our friend T-Bird won't be joining us this evening on account of a slight case of death.
Guy of Gisborne
My Lady.
Hayes
I never was much for scripture.
Carver
Nothing to fear Mr. Hayes. Just words. Ain't no God out here.
Dorleac
Now you're thinking, just now "Why me, O God?". The answer is, God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
Dorleac
Now you're thinking, just now 'Why me, O God?'. The answer is, God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
Top Dollar
[gazing at falling-snow crystal ball containing a mini-cemetery] Dad gave me this. Fifth birthday. He said, "Childhood's over the moment you know you're gonna die."
Top Dollar
Dad gave me this. Fifth birthday. He said, 'Childhood's over the moment you know you're gonna die.'
Top Dollar
Our friend T-bird won't be joining us this evening on account of a slight case of death.
Eric Draven
Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.