David Pittu

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David Pittu
David Jonathan Pittu

(1967-04-04) April 4, 1967 (age 52)
ResidenceNew York City
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1995–present

David Jonathan Pittu (born April 4, 1967) is an American actor, writer and director.

Early life[edit]

Pittu is the son of the late World War II veteran James T. Pittu and Margaret Dimitrescu.[1] He was born and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where, as a high school senior, he was a finalist in the NFAA's Arts Recognition Talent Search in Drama. He graduated from New York University 's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989.


Pittu's theater work includes plays and musicals, and he has received two Tony Award nominations. He was nominated for the 2007 Best Featured Actor in a Musical for playing Bertolt Brecht in Harold Prince's LoveMusik [2] and for the 2008 Best Featured Actor in a Play for his multiple-role turn in the Mark Twain comedy Is He Dead? adapted by David Ives and directed by Michael Blakemore.[3]

He received the Daryl Roth 2010 Creative Spirit Award.[4]

He received the 2009 St. Clair Bayfield Award for his performance in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theatre in 2009, directed by Daniel Sullivan.[5] Also under Sullivan's direction, he played Paul Wolfowitz and others, in David Hare's Stuff Happens in 2006 at the Public Theater, which received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble.[6]

He wrote and starred in What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, a musical satire about a luckless, eternally "up-and-coming" composer-lyricist. Pittu also wrote the lyrics, with music by Randy Redd to What's That Smell, which premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in September 2008.[7] The play with music received two Lucille Lortel Award nominations including one for Best Off-Broadway Musical, and was included in both the Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times Top 10 Best Lists in Theater 2008.

Other notable theater work: David Ives' The Heir Apparent (2014 Off-Broadway, CSC, director John Rando);[8] Bill Cain's Equivocation (2010, Off-Broadway Manhattan Theater Club) directed by Garry Hynes;[9] Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia (2006, Broadway, Lincoln Center); Harold Pinter's Celebration and The Room (2005, Off-Broadway, Atlantic Theater Company);[10] and Stephen Sondheim 's Company, part of the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration (2002).

His acclaimed performance as Leo Frank in the National Tour of Jason Robert Brown's Parade, directed by Harold Prince, earned him the 2001 National Broadway Award (Best Actor in a Musical). He appeared in the Encores! staged concert productions Of Thee I Sing (2007, as the French ambassador); Bells Are Ringing (2010, as Sandor); and It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman (2013, as Dr. Abner Sedgwick).

His film credits include True Story, King Kong and Men in Black 3. For television he has appeared in House of Cards, PBS' Mercy Street, The Following, The Knick, Damages, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Fringe, Sex and the City, as well as numerous appearances on all of the Law & Order series.

He is a prolific, award-winning narrator of audio books. He read Donna Tartt 's Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch,[11] which received two "Audie" Awards: Best Literary Fiction and Best Male Solo Performance, 2014.

He lives in New York City.



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Submission Bernard Levy
2016 Café Society Roger
2015 True Story Marcus Lickermann
2012 Men in Black 3 Roman the Fabulist
2005 King Kong Weston


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Following Eldon
2011–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Linus Tate 6 episodes
2011 Damages Jack Shaw 5 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Roy Loftin Episode: "Loyalty"
2009 Fringe Robert Swift Episode: "Unleashed"
2001 Law & Order Donald Albers Episode: "Phobia"


Year Title Role
2010 Red Dead Redemption The Local Population
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV The Crowd of Liberty City
2006 Neverwinter Nights 2 Shadow Reaver #1, Brawler #1, Wolf #1, Commoner #2, Mordrem
2003 Manhunt Smilie


  1. ^ Obituary of James T. Pittu legacy.com Retrieved February 10, 2017
  2. ^ " Love/Musik Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved February 10, 2017
  3. ^ " Is He Dead? Awards" ibdb.com, retrieved February 10, 2017
  4. ^ Carrubba, Phillip. "Tony Award Nominee David Pittu Received 2010 Creative Spirit Award Given by Daryl Roth" oandmco.com, August 18, 2010
  5. ^ "Awards" actorsequity.org, retrieved February 10, 2017
  6. ^ Simonson, Robert. " 'Stuff Happens', Hare's Modern History Play, Is History After June 25" Playbill, June 25, 2006
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Bartlett Will Join Pittu in 'What's That Smell', Spoofing Musical Theatre Types" Playbill, August 18, 2008
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review. The Heir Apparent " The New York Times, April 9, 2014
  9. ^ Lipron, Brian Scott. "Reviews. Equivocation " theatermania.com, March 2, 2010
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Nobel Prize-Winner Pinter's 'Celebration' and 'The Room' Open in NYC" Playbill, December 5, 2005
  11. ^ Turits, Meredith. "Audio Book Review" bbook.com, retrieved February 10, 2017

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