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Pruitt Taylor Vince

Highest Rated:   92% The Devil's Candy (2017)
Lowest Rated:   0% Homer & Eddie (1989)
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Birthplace:   Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
His irises tremble violently as the camera fixes on his glassy gaze, and before you know it, you've once again been entranced by the character with whom you're unsure if you should fear or sympathize. With the rare ability to convey the delicate blend of conflicting emotions that only the most effective character actors can convincingly portray, actor Pruitt Taylor Vince has crafted a successful film and television career playing introspective, often disturbed, loners teetering on the fringes of society. Though the portly Baton Rouge native's first onscreen role was to have been in director Jim Jarmusch's 1986 comedy drama Down by Law, his scenes were cut before the film hit theaters, and audiences would not get their first look at Vince until the release of Alan Parker's Angel Heart the following year. Vince owes something of a debt to the prolific director, since it was Parker's racially charged drama Mississippi Burning that first found audiences taking notice of the burgeoning, sometimes fearsome, actor. In 1990, Vince turned up in yet another of Parker's films, Come See the Paradise, though it was that same year's horrific thriller Jacob's Ladder that truly found Vince setting himself apart from the pack. If the 1990s had proven kind to Vince early on, it was his emotionally compelling role opposite Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool that truly began to give audiences an idea of what Vince was capable of as an actor. Cast as the village idiot who finds a sympathetic ear in Newman's character, Vince lent an uncanny depth to a character that may have otherwise been an instantly forgettable, two-dimensional role. Though Vince's early roles were indeed noteworthy thanks to his uncommon ability to exude repression and deeply rooted malaise as few other actors could, it wasn't until director James Mangold's cast him in the lead for his 1995 drama Heavy that Vince was truly given the opportunity to shine. Mangold did something that few mainstream Hollywood efforts would allow when he dared to offer the overweight and balding actor the dramatic lead -- the role of Victor Modina, a shy cook in a small-town restaurant who secretly longs for the love of an attractive young waitress (portrayed by Liv Tyler). With his expressive eyes (their sometimes discomforting vibration the result of a condition known as nystagmus) effectively conveying the desperation of a trapped animal longing to escape his suffocating existence, Vince's heartbreaking performance eloquently conveyed the internal distress and helplessness felt by his long-suffering character. Though the following years may not have offered Vince more roles the size or caliber of his part in Heavy, a series of small-screen performances in the late '90s showed that his talent was, without question, as potent as ever. Following an unforgettable performance as a mentally unbalanced photographer who kidnaps Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson) in a 1996 episode of The X-Files ("Unruhe"), Vince's turn as a suspicious kidnapping suspect in the miniseries Night Sins and a disturbed serial killer in several episodes of Murder One proved that he could be chillingly effective in menacing roles. The latter role even proved so effective as to earn Vince an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. It was at this point that directors were truly beginning to discover the dramatic possibilities of casting Vince in their films, and his turn as a gifted musician and compelling storyteller proved a highlight of the wistful 1998 drama The Legend of 1900. Supporting performances in Mumford (1999), Nurse Betty (2000), The Cell (2000), and S1m0ne (2002) found Vince steadily becoming a recognizable face to mainstream audiences, and in 2002, he sent chills down the spines of suspense fanatics as the childlike accomplice in a harrowing kidnapping scheme in Trapped. Vince's skittishly ominous performance left viewers on the edge of their seats as he held a young girl (played by Dakota Fanning) hostage with

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Gotti
  • Angelo Ruggiero
2018
92% The Devil's Candy
  • Ray
2017
63% 13 Sins
  • Vogler
2014
42% Homefront
  • Werks
$12.7M 2013
38% Dark Tourist
  • Carl Marznap
2013
46% Beautiful Creatures
  • Mr. Lee
$19.5M 2013
33% Butter
  • Ned Eaton
$71.4k 2012
44% Brake
  • Driver/Boss Terrorist
$4.8k 2012
No Score Yet Stanley Debrock
  • Actor
2012
11% Creature
  • Grover
$0.4M 2011
17% Flypaper
  • Jelly
$1.6k 2011
No Score Yet On the Inside
  • Ben Marshall
2011
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Big Joe Sharpe
$68.5k 2010
38% Don McKay
  • Mel
2010
No Score Yet Mysterious Island
  • Gideon Spilett
2010
No Score Yet Cameraman
  • Actor
2010
64% In the Electric Mist
  • Lou Girard
2009
No Score Yet In NorthWood
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Echo
  • Joseph
2008
9% Captivity
  • Ben
$2.7M 2007
No Score Yet When a Man Falls in the Forest
  • Travis Gilmore
2007
No Score Yet Drop Dead Sexy
  • Spider
2005
46% Constantine
  • Father Hennessy
$75.5M 2005
No Score Yet Nobody Wants Your Film
  • Actor
2005
82% Monster
  • Gene (Stuttering John)
$34.2M 2004
62% Identity
  • Malcolm Rivers
$51.5M 2003
18% Trapped
  • Marvin
$7M 2002
No Score Yet 13 Moons
  • Owen
2002
84% Nurse Betty
  • Ballard
2000
46% The Cell
  • Dr. Reid
2000
54% The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano)
  • Max
1999
56% Mumford
  • Henry
1999
No Score Yet The Break
  • Scott
1998
No Score Yet Love From Ground Zero
  • Walter
1998
No Score Yet Cold Around the Heart
  • Johnny `Cokebottles' Costello
1997
29% The End of Violence
  • Frank Cray
1997
86% Heavy
  • Victor
1996
79% Beautiful Girls
  • Stanley
1996
No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon
  • Bob
1995
91% Nobody's Fool
  • Rub Squeers
1994
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Kavanaugh
1994
19% City Slickers 2 - The Legend of Curly's Gold
  • Bud
1994
40% China Moon
  • Daryl Jeeters
1994
No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part
  • Michael Brockington
1992
84% JFK
  • Lee Bowers
1991
No Score Yet Sweet Poison
  • Coyle
1991
No Score Yet Dead In The Water
  • Lou Rescetti
1991
69% Jacob's Ladder
  • Paul
1990
70% Come See the Paradise
  • Augie Farrell
1990
65% Wild At Heart
  • Buddy
1990
No Score Yet Fear
  • Shadow Man
1990
0% Homer & Eddie
  • Cashier
1989
22% K-9
  • Benny the Mule
1989
No Score Yet I Know My First Name Is Steven
  • Actor
1989
89% Mississippi Burning
  • Lester Cowens
1988
62% Red Heat
  • Night Clerk
1988
74% Barfly
  • Joe
1987
67% Shy People
  • Paul Sullivan
1987
79% Angel Heart
  • Deimos
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • Grill
  • 2017
43% Heroes Reborn
2015-2016
  • Actor
  • 2015
69% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Finn
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • J.J. LaRoche L.L. LaRoche LaRoche J.J. Laroche
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Haze Jackson
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Richard Branch
  • 2012
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Glen Fogle
  • 2012
  • 2011
45% The Cape
2011
  • Goggles
  • 2011
80% The Walking Dead
2010
  • Otis
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Peter Winant
  • 2009
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • George
  • 2006
100% Deadwood
2004-2006
  • Mose Manuel
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Marty Gleason
  • 2004
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Campbell
  • 2003
No Score Yet Thieves
2001
  • Roy Lichter
  • 2001
0% The X-Files
1993-2016
  • Gerry Schnauz
  • 1996

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