Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Highest Rated: 92% The Devil's Candy (2015)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jul 5, 1960

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Versatile, Emmy-winning character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince drew critical praise for his ability to find the emotional core of figures both malevolent and kind in such projects as "Nobody's Fool" (1994), "Heavy" (1995), "Deadwood" (HBO 2004-06) and "Bird Box" (Netflix, 2018). Born July 5, 1960 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Vince attended Louisiana State University before making his screen debut in indie director Jim Jarmusch's comedy "Down By Law" (1986). Audiences didn't see his performance - his scenes were cut from the film prior to release - but by the following year, Vince was working steadily in minor character parts, including turns in Barbet Schroder's "Barfly" (1987) and Alan Parker's "Angel Heart" (1987). Parker would cast him in two more features, the much-praised "Mississippi Burning" (1988) and the lesser-known "Come See the Paradise" (1990), between assignments for David Lynch ("Wild at Heart," 1990), Adrian Lyne ("Jacob's Ladder," 1990) and Oliver Stone, who cast him as assassination witness Lee Bowers in "JFK" (1991) and as a deputy warden in "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Blessed with the rare combination of an imposing presence and an open, almost guileless face, Vince was adept at playing monstrous villains - he played an accomplice to a child kidnapper in the harrowing TV-movie "I Know My Name is Steven" (NBC, 1989) and a deluded killer on a 1996 episode of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002, 2016-2019) - as well as more sympathetic, often childlike figures, like the rough-hewn Rub Squeers in Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool" (1994). Vince's most acclaimed screen turn came the following year as an overweight, lovelorn young man in James Mangold's "Heavy" (1995). The critical appraise afforded to his sensitive turn led to more high-profile projects, though his roles continued to hew along the lines of uncomplicated men - his hardworking bartender in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996) - and heels, like the defiant serial killer Clifford Banks in the second season of "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-1997). Vince won a 1997 Emmy for the latter performance, and soon settled into steady character work in features for the likes of Giuseppe Tornatore ("The Legend of 1900," 1998), Lawrence Kasdan ("Mumford," 1999), Neil LaBute ("Nurse Betty," 2000) and a reunion with Mangold as a killer with multiple personalities in "Identity" (2003). He also remained a regular presence on television through recurring roles on "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-2006) as a man whose girth protected him from multiple gunshot wounds, as a hamfisted investigator on "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-2015), and as the ill-fated Otis on "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ). The 2010s found Vince working on multiple projects per year: these included studio efforts like "Beautiful Creatures" (2013), independent films like the supernatural thriller "The Devil's Candy" (2015) and recurring roles on "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-2014) as a devious psychiatrist, on "Heroes Reborn" (NBC, 2015-16) as a mystery man with powerful mental abilities, on "Stranger Things" (Netflix, 2016- ) as a hospital orderly spared from death by Millie Bobby Brown's powerful Jane/Eleven, and on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Grill, boss of the futuristic bunker The Lighthouse. In 2018, he played Rick, whose promise of safety prompted the harrowing journey by Sandra Bullock's Malorie in the blockbuster Netflix film "Bird Box."

Highest rated movies

The Devil's Candy
Nobody's Fool
Mississippi Burning
Nurse Betty
Beautiful Girls
Jacob's Ladder




20% 24% Crime Story Tommy (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Asia A Noah (Character) - 2018
0% 45% Gotti Angelo Ruggiero (Character) $4.3M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 59 Seconds Robert (Character) - 2016
92% 65% The Devil's Candy Ray Smilie (Character) - 2015
65% 45% 13 Sins Vogler (Character) $9.1K 2014
47% 54% Beautiful Creatures Mr. Lee (Character) $19.4M 2013
33% 29% Dark Tourist Carl Marznap (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 31% Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island Gideon Spillett (Character) - 2012
44% 40% Brake Driver / Boss Terrorist (voice) (Character) $4.3K 2012
No Score Yet 33% Bending the Rules Happy (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet In NorthWood Ben Marshal (Character) - 2011
10% 17% Creature Grover (Character) $327.0K 2011
16% 42% Flypaper Jelly (Character) $1.1K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stanley DeBrock Earl Wayne (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mysterious Island Gideon Spilett (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 28% The Smell of Success Cleveland Clod (Character) - 2009
38% 23% Don McKay Mel (Character) - 2009
58% 34% In the Electric Mist Lou Girard (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 32% The Echo Joseph (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 19% When a Man Falls in the Forest Travis (Character) - 2007
9% 23% Captivity Ben (Character) $2.6M 2007
46% 72% Constantine Father Hennessy (Character) $75.5M 2005
No Score Yet 24% Drop Dead Sexy Spider (Character) - 2004
81% 81% Monster Gene/Stuttering "John" (Character) $34.5M 2003
63% 75% Identity Malcolm Rivers (Character) $51.5M 2003
No Score Yet 45% 13 Moons Owen (Character) - 2002
17% 48% Trapped Marvin Pool (Character) $6.9M 2002
51% 36% Simone Max Sayer (Character) $9.7M 2002
83% 45% Nurse Betty Ballard (Character) $25.2M 2000
57% 65% Mumford Henry A. Follett (Character) $4.6M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love From Ground Zero Walter (Character) - 1999
54% 91% The Legend of 1900 Max Tooney (Character) $259.1K 1998
67% No Score Yet A Further Gesture Scott (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 24% Cold Around the Heart Johnny 'Cokebottles' Costello (Character) $552 1997
29% 43% The End of Violence Frank Cray (Character) $283.0K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Olie Swain (Character) - 1997
79% 80% Beautiful Girls Stanley Womack (Character) $10.6M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cottonwood Mark Salli (Character) - 1996
86% 68% Heavy Victor Modino (Character) $985.7K 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon Bob (Character) - 1995
91% 81% Nobody's Fool Rub Squeers (Character) $38.3M 1994
15% 31% City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Bud (Character) $43.4M 1994
40% 38% China Moon Daryl Jeeters (Character) $2.7M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part Michael Brockington (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Poison Coyle (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 0% Dead in the Water Lou Rescetti (Character) - 1991
64% 73% Come See the Paradise Augie Farrell (Character) $850.6K 1990
No Score Yet 54% Fear Shadow Man (Character) - 1990
73% 84% Jacob's Ladder Paul (Character) $24.8M 1990
84% 90% Mississippi Burning Lester Cowens (Character) $33.7M 1988
64% 77% Shy People Paul (Character) $7.4K 1987


95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grill (Guest Star) 2017-2018
42% 57% Heroes Reborn Casper Abraham (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 88% The Mentalist J.J. LaRoche (Guest Star) 2010-2014
69% 72% True Blood Finn (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 74% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
90% 82% Bones Haze Jackson (Guest Star) 2012
97% 95% Justified Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
80% 78% The Walking Dead Otis (Guest Star) 2011
41% 42% The Cape Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet 76% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
58% No Score Yet Canterbury's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
90% 96% House George (Guest Star) 2006
92% 96% Deadwood Mose Manuel (Guest Star) 2005-2006
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
86% 91% Alias Campbell / Schapker (Guest Star) 2003
73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 94% Highlander: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 84% Quantum Leap Hank Pilcher (Guest Star) 1992
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988