Pitt in 2011 at the Critics Choice Awards.
April 10, 1981 |
West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Michael Carmen Pitt (born April 10, 1981) is an American actor and musician. Pitt is known in film for his role in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, and in television for his role as Jimmy Darmody in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Theater and television
Pitt made his Off-Broadway debut in 1999 in the play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at the New York Theatre Workshop. A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as 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). He is of English and Italian heritage. 
Pitt's breakout role as the lover of a transgender rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2001 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 The 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. He performed all of the songs, which closely resembled Cobain's guitar and singing styles.
On set, 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.
Return to television
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.
In 2012, Pitt was named the face of Italian fashion house Prada to model their men's clothes.
|1999||Even Housewives in Minnesota Have Those Daydreams||Petey|
|2000||Finding Forrester||John Coleridge|
|2001||The Yellow Bird||Stuff|
|2001||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Tommy Gnosis|
|2002||Murder by Numbers||Justin Pendleton|
|2004||The Village||Finton Coin|
|2004||The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things||Buddy|
|2006||The Hawk Is Dying||Fred|
|2007||Funny Games||Paul||Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|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|
|2014||You Can't Win||Jack Black||Producer & Co-writer; Post-production|
|2014||The Smell of Us||Post-production|
|1997||Dellaventura||Babyface||Episode "Above Reproach"|
|1998||Law & Order||Andy||Episode "Carrier"|
|1999–2000||Dawson's Creek||Henry Parker||15 episodes|
|2002||Law and 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 (2011–12)
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)
- IMDb (1990–2012). "Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Ann Hornaday (5 August 2005). "'Last Days': Kurt Cobain in Thin Disguise". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- Pitt profile in Hannibal, insidetv.ew.com, January 31, 2014; accessed April 11, 2014.
- Grooveshark (2012). "The Dreamers Soundtrack". Grooveshark. Grooveshark. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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