Michael Pitt

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Michael Pitt
Pitt in 2011 at the Critics Choice Awards.
Born ( 1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 33)
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor, model and musician. Pitt is known in film for his role in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, and in television for his roles as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and Mason Verger in season two of the NBC series Hannibal.



Pitt's breakout role as the lover of a transgender rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001[1] led to supporting roles in Bully, and in mainstream Hollywood fare such as Murder by Numbers and The Village, as well as the lead role in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers.

Pitt next appeared in Asia Argento's Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and starred in Gus Van Sant's Last Days, playing a rock star "inspired" by Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.[2] He performed all of the songs, which closely resembled Cobain's guitar and singing styles.

On the set of Last Days, he met Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who had been hired by Van Sant to serve as the film's music consultant. The pair formed a close bond, with Moore writing, "[Gus] wanted me to hang out with Michael and talk about his character, and let him be in character. We ended up spending a lot of time together. My daughter Coco still relates to Michael as Blake from 'Last Days'".

In 2007, he starred opposite Keira Knightley in Silk, adapted from the novel by Alessandro Baricco. He played the lead role of Hervé Joncour, a French silkworm smuggler, who falls in love with a baron's concubine while in Japan. The same year he starred in the romantic comedy Delirious as a young homeless man who befriends a celebrity photographer and falls in love with a pop singer. The movie appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. Pitt starred in Funny Games, Michael Haneke's remake of the 1997 film of the same name.


Pitt made his Off-Broadway debut in 1999 in the play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at the New York Theatre Workshop.[citation needed]


During his theater debut, a casting agent—Pitt mistook the agent for a police officer attempting to arrest him—noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson's Creek (he played Henry Parker in 15 episodes between 1999 and 2000).[citation needed]

In 2010, Pitt was cast as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series, Boardwalk Empire (about the rise of Atlantic City during the Prohibition era). He appeared in the show's first two seasons, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics's Choice Award for his performance. In 2014, he was cast in the recurring role of Mason Verger in the NBC series Hannibal.[3]


Pitt sang and played guitar in his band, Pagoda, whose self-titled debut album was released by Universal/Fontana/Ecstatic Peace in 2007.[citation needed]

Under the title Jimi Pitt and the Twins of Evil, Pitt performed "Hey Joe" with the Twins of Evil for The Dreamers soundtrack.[4]


In 2012, Pitt was named the face of Italian fashion house Prada and modeled their men's clothes.

Personal life[edit]

Pitt is of English and Italian heritage.[5] In 2005, Pitt revealed that he had been "engaged for a long time now" to the model Jamie Bochert. They've been a couple since around 2005 and are yet to be married.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Hi-Life Boy Teen
1998 54 Dance Student Uncredited
1999 Even Housewives in Minnesota Have Those Daydreams Petey
2000 Finding Forrester John Coleridge
2001 Bully Donny Semenec
2001 The Yellow Bird Stuff
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tommy Gnosis
2002 Murder by Numbers Justin Pendleton
2003 Rhinoceros Eyes Chep
2003 The Dreamers Matthew
2004 The Village Finton Coin
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Buddy
2004 Jailbait Randy
2005 Last Days Blake
2006 Delirious Toby Grace
2006 The Hawk Is Dying Fred
2007 Funny Games Paul Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Silk Hervé Joncour
2011 Hugo Projectionist Uncredited
2012 Seven Psychopaths Larry Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2014 Rob the Mob Tommy Uva
2014 I Origins Ian Gray Executive producer
2015 You Can't Win Jack Black Producer & co-writer; Post-production
2015 We Are Sisyphos Norman Ray Filming
2015 Criminal Activities Zach Filming
2015 Criminal Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dellaventura Babyface Episode "Above Reproach"
1998 Law & Order Andy Episode "Carrier"
1999–2000 Dawson's Creek Henry Parker 15 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Harry Baker Episode: "Prodigy"
2008 T Takes The Guest in Room 113 Episode: "Room 113"
2010–2011 Boardwalk Empire Jimmy Darmody 24 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011–2012)
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Ensemble In A Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series (2012)
2014 Hannibal Mason Verger 3 episodes
Nominated – EWwy Award for Best Guest Actor, Drama (2014)
Pending – Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television (2015)


  1. ^ IMDb (1990–2012). "Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Ann Hornaday (5 August 2005). "'Last Days': Kurt Cobain in Thin Disguise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Pitt profile in Hannibal, insidetv.ew.com, January 31, 2014; accessed April 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Grooveshark (2012). "The Dreamers Soundtrack". Grooveshark. Grooveshark. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "plasticvenus.com". 

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