Having nurtured his interest in acting from the time he was a child, Michael Pitt eventually set out to fulfill his dream as a teenager. More than two decades later, the actor has played a lot of roles that positioned him among other popular Hollywood actors. He has set himself apart in the acting industry with his amazing way of portraying twisted or troubled characters and his ability to surpass the expectation of film-makers has made him a favorite of many popular producers, directors and film studios. It is, therefore, not a surprise that he has earned numerous accolades and won a number of awards and nominations, including the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Apart from acting, he is also a musician and has sung and played the guitar in the band Pagoda. Also a model, the multihyphenate has walked the runway for a number of designer campaigns.
Michael Pitt’s Bio
Born as Michael Carmen Pitt on April 10, 1981, in West Orange, New Jersey, the actor is the youngest of his parents’ four children. He got interested in acting from the time he was very young and eventually made up his mind to become a professional actor at the age of 10. To make his dream a reality, he set out for New York City at age 16 with the support of his parents and enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
While honing his talent at the academy, Michael Pitt was also on the look-out for opportunities to kick off his career. It was not long before he landed a guest role in NBC’s legal drama series Law & Order and was also cast in two indie features titled 54 and The Hi-Life, all in 1998. The following year, he made his Off-Broadway debut at the New York Theatre Workshop in the production of the play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek in which he played the role of Dalton.
Movies And TV Shows
In addition to garnering the praise of critics for his amazing performance in the The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Michael Pitt also drew the attention of a casting agent who recommended him for a recurring role in popular American teen drama television series Dawson Creek which aired on The WB from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003. This was how he got to play the role of a football player, Henry Parker, in the third season of the show was able to create a considerable amount of buzz to earn a role in the 2000 film, Finding Forrester.
In 2001, he appeared in the films Bully and The Yellow Bird before landing his challenging breakthrough film role as Tommy Gnosis, the lover of a transgender rock star, in the Tony Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch. After this, he starred alongside Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, and Ben Chaplin in the 2002 psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, following it up in 2003 by appearing as Chep in Rhinoceros and as Matthew in the romantic drama The Dreamers.
The following year, Michael Pitt played the role of Finton Coin in the psychological thriller mystery drama film, The Village and Buddy in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.
His role as Blake in the 2005 movie Last Days paved way for him to appear in the 2006 romantic comedy film Delirious. In the year that followed, Michael Pitt was cast in the movies Silk and Funny Games, earning a Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor for the latter. Afterward, he appeared as Larry in the dark comedy crime flick Seven Psychopaths (2012) and in 2014, he appeared as Tommy Uva in Rob the Mob, and as Ian Gray, a biologist searching for facts about the origins of the eye in I Origins, a movie he also executive produced.
From 2010-2011, Michael played the role of Jimmy Darmody in the period crime drama television series Boardwalk Empire, appearing in 24 episodes. His performance in the series earned him Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011 to 2012), Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble In A Drama Series (2012), and three award nominations.
In 2014, Michael Pitt featured in three episodes of the television series Hannibal, for which he was nominated for an EWwy Award and a Saturn Award, both in 2015. He also lent his voice in two episodes of the animated comedy television series Animals in 2017.
From 2015 through 2018, the prolific actor appeared in the movies Macadam Stories, Criminal Activities, Ghost in the Shell, Criminal, Detective Chinatown 2, and You Can’t Win
Is Michael Pitt Related To Brad Pitt?
Although Michael Pitt shares the same surname with popular actor and film producer, Brad Pitt, and though both are from the United States America, they are not related in any way whatsoever. Michael Pitt is a native of West Orange, New Jersey, U.S and is of half Italian heritage while Brad is from Springfield, Missouri, U.S. and is primarily of English descent.