Michael Wincott

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Michael Wincott
Born Michael Anthony Claudio Wincott
(1958-01-21) January 21, 1958 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Juilliard School
Alma mater University of Toronto[1]
Occupation Actor, Voice Actor
Years active 1976–present
Parents Lucia Wincott (mother)
William Wincott (father)
Family Jeff Wincott (brother)

Michael Anthony Claudio Wincott (born January 21, 1958) is a Canadian actor.

Early life[edit]

Wincott was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a child, Wincott was a fan of musician Keith Richards and played drums in jazz band.[2] He graduated from Juilliard in 1986, after which, joined the New York City theatre with Joseph Papp's Public Theater. His NYC plays include Serious Money (1988), Road (1988), The Secret Rapture (1989), and State of Shock (1991).


Director Michael Cimino chose Michael Wincott to play a young policeman in The Sicilian in 1987. That same year, Wincott created the character of Kent in the NYC play Talk Radio. Kent was unique to Michael’s portrayal, that he was cast to reprise the role in the film version (1988) directed by Oliver Stone. Wincott would work with Stone two more times, as an injured war veteran in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), and as music producer Paul Rothchild in The Doors (1991).

In 1991, director Kevin Reynolds cast Wincott alongside Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, where he portrayed Guy of Gisborne, the devious cousin of the Sheriff of Nottingham played by Alan Rickman. Following that role, Wincott was cast as another horse riding villain in Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). The following year played the French captain of the Cardinal’s guard, Rochefort, in Walt Disney Company’s live action film, The Three Musketeers. Also in 1993, Michael Wincott acted with his friend, Gary Oldman in the crime thriller, Romeo is Bleeding. His character, Sal, worked for a crime syndicate. (Later in the 90s, Wincott would again play a gangster, Frankie McGregor, as the lead in the film Gunshy. His romantic co-lead was played by Diane Lane.)

Wincott was cast as Top Dollar, the leader of an inner city crime syndicate, in the film adaptation of the James O’ Barr graphic novel, The Crow (1994).

In 1995, Wincott played the loquacious bounty hunter, Conway Twill, in the Jim Jarmusch black comedy, Dead Man (1995). Working with Lance Henriksen, Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, and Eugene Byrd, Wincott played a comedic role.

Katherine Bigelow cast Wincott to play music mogul Philo Gant in the thriller, Strange Days (1995). The following year, friend, Julian Schnabel cast Michael as gay artist and writer, Rene Ricard, in Basquiat, (1996) his film about Jean-Michel Basquiat. Wincott would appear in two more of Schnabel’s films, as Cuban activist Heberto Zorilla Ochoa in Before Night Falls, (2000) and as a fashion photographer in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).

In 1997 Wincott starred in two action films, Metro opposite Eddie Murphy as Michael Korda, a jewel thief, and as Frank Elgyn, an intergalactic transport ship captain, in Alien: Resurrection. In the latter, he worked alongside Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman, and Winona Rider. The film was directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Wincott starred with Morgan Freeman as kidnapper, Gary Soneji in Along Came a Spider (2001). Following that film, he played another Frenchman, Armand Dorleac, in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). His next role was as a Dutch terrorist, Van Eyck in The Red Phone: Manhunt, (2002). Wincott also provided the voice of Scroop, a ruthless insectoid crew member, in Disney's Treasure Planet (2002). In 2004, Wincott shared a scene with Sean Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon playing the older brother to Penn’s Julius Bicke. "There’s a great, grim tension to the film and outstanding small performances including Michael Wincott as Sam's quietly intimidating older brother Julius." (Casey McCabe, Movie Magazine International, 2004)

In 2006, Wincott worked with Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan in the western Seraphim Falls. Following Seraphim Falls, Michael starred with Robert De Niro, in the film about making films, What Just Happened (2008). Wincott played Jeremy Brunell, a British director with an attitude and a drug habit. (Incidentally, in What Just Happened, Brunell’s film is being produced by De Niro and it stars Sean Penn.)

Wincott's next roles were in three independent films. The first was A Lonely Place for Dying, (2008) in which Wincott played Anthony Greenglass, an official in the CIA during the 1970s war in Laos. Next, in the short film written and directed by Daniel Kruglikov, The Farewell, (2010) Michael portrayed a dark and brooding man with a secret. Director Lex Sidon selected Michael to appear in his film Grand Street (2012) set in New York City. In April 2012 Michael Wincott was cast as notorious killer Ed Gein in Hitchcock about the making of the film Psycho. He completed work in summer 2012 with filmmaker Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups.

Personal life[edit]

Wincott's mother was born in Italy, and his father was born in England.[1] He is also the younger brother of actor Jeff Wincott.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Earthbound Cole Buckley
1978 Wild Horse Hank Charlie Connors
1979 Title Shot Robber
1980 Nothing Personal Peter
1981 Ticket to Heaven Gerry
Circle of Two Paul
1983 Curtains Matthew
1987 The Sicilian Cpl. Silvestro Canio
1988 Talk Radio Kent/Michael/Joe
1989 Suffering Bastards Chazz
Bloodhounds of Broadway Soupy Mike
Born on the Fourth of July veteran
1991 The Doors Paul A. Rothchild
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Guy of Gisbourne
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Adrián de Moxica
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Sal
The Three Musketeers Rochefort
1994 The Crow Top Dollar
1995 Dead Man Conway Twill
Strange Days Philo Gant
Panther Tynan
1996 Basquiat Rene Ricard
1997 Alien: Resurrection Captain Frank Elgyn
Metro Michael Korda
1998 Gunshy Frankie McGregor
Hidden Agenda Larry Gleason
2000 Before Night Falls Herberto Zorilla Ochoa
2001 Red Phone: Manhunt Van Eyck
Along Came a Spider Gary Soneji
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Armand Dorléac
Treasure Planet Scroop (voice) (Animated film, Walt Disney Company)
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Julius Bicke
2007 Seraphim Falls Hayes
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Photographer
2008 What Just Happened Jeremy Brunell
A Lonely Place for Dying Anthony Greenglass
Sketches from Great Gull Narrator (voice)
2010 The Farewell He Short
2012 Hitchcock Ed Gein
2013 Grand Street Reuben (post-production)
Knight of Cups Herb (post-production)
The Girl from Nagasaki Goro (post-production)
Forsaken Dave Turner (post-production)


Year Title Role Notes
1979 An American Christmas Carol Choir Leader (TV movie)
The Family Man Charlie (TV movie)
1979-1981 The Littlest Hobo Charlie
Episodes: "Wolf Hunt"
1981 Clown White Peter (TV movie)
1985 Night Heat Jack Tenelli Episode: "Mother's Day"
1987-1988 Crime Story Bobby Meeker Episodes: "Femme Fatale"
"The Senator, the Movie Star, and the Mob"
1988 Miami Vice Wilson Cook Episode: "Blood & Roses"
1987-1989 The Equalizer Jarrow
Episodes: "The Caper"
"High Performance"
1990 The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story Ulrich Weber (TV documentary)
1996 Strangers Arnaud Episode: "Leave"
2013–present Wander Over Yonder Additional voices
2014 24: Live Another Day Adrian Cross

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Halo 2 Prophet of Truth
2005 Narc Mr. Big
2012 Syndicate Jules Merit
Infex Griffin
Darksiders II Death

Theatre Work[edit]



  • 1988 - Road
  • 1991 - State of Shock


  1. ^ a b "Who is Michael Wincott?". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael Wincott - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 

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