|Born||David Jonathan Pittu
April 4, 1967
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
|Residence||New York City, New York|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director|
David Jonathan Pittu (born April 4, 1967) is an American actor, writer and director.
Pittu 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.
His theater work includes plays and musicals, and he has received two Tony nominations: for playing Bertolt Brecht in Harold Prince's LoveMusik and for his multiple-role turn in the Mark Twain comedy Is He Dead? adapted by David Ives and directed by Michael Blakemore. He received the St. Clare Bayfield Award for his performance in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte (2009) directed by Daniel Sullivan. Also under Mr Sullivan's direction, he played Paul Wolfowitz and others, in David Hare's Stuff Happens at the Public, which received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. 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. Mr Pittu also wrote the lyrics, with music by Randy Redd. What's That Smell received two Lucille Lortel 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' Heir Apparent (CSC, director John Rando), Bill Cain's "Equivocation" (Manhattan Theater Club) directed by Garry Hynes, Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" trilogy at Lincoln Center (2007 Tony Award, Best Play and Director, Jack O'Brien), Harold Pinter's "Celebration and The Room" (Atlantic Theater Company), "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! 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 III. Television: House of Cards, PBS' Mercy Street, The Following, The Knick, Damages, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Fringe, Sex in the City, as well as numerous appearances on all of the Law & Order series. A prolific, award-winning narrator of audio books (most well-known for Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch, which received two "Audie" Awards: Best Literary Fiction Audiobook and Best Male Solo Performance, 2014), he lives and resides in New York City.