Jacob Pitts

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Jacob Pitts
Jacob Rives Pitts

(1979-11-20) November 20, 1979 (age 39)
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1999-present

Jacob Rives Pitts (born November 20, 1979) is an American television, film and stage actor. His most notable performances were as Cooper Harris in the film EuroTrip (2004), as Bill "Hoosier" Smith in the HBO miniseries The Pacific (2010), and as U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson on the FX television drama Justified (2010–15). He appeared in the play Where Do We Live at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2004. Pitts has also appeared in TV shows such as Law & Order, Ed and Sex and the City.[2] He had a recurring role in the first season of The Sinner and is currently starring as Lance Lord in the crime drama series Sneaky Pete.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pitts grew up in Weston, Connecticut, the son of Arlene and Joseph Rives Pitts. He described himself as a hyperactive child.[4] In high school, he was involved in the theater production company, and took part in productions while he was in school, including a performance as the Mysterious Man in Into The Woods.[1]


Pitts began his career when he made his TV debut in 1999, and he appeared in an episode of Comedy Central's sitcom Strangers with Candy. He then went on to the New York Broadway stage in 2000, when he played Fleance from the Shakespearean play Macbeth.[1] After his Broadway production, he was cast to appear in an episode each of Law & Order and Sex and the City. In 2004, he played a role in Eurotrip, and in 2008 was cast in 21.[5]

In 2006, Pitts discussed his career motivations during an interview with Damien Echols:

Echols: What is your inspiration for acting? Why do you do it?

Pitts: Money. Very, very occasionally a piece of writing comes along that I personally connect with, that really twists something in me, that I will have nothing but the most fervent dedication to. In that case, I do it just for the gratification of being involved with the piece, just to say I was there. But like I said, that's about .01% of the time. Not that I'm complaining-- when it's otherwise, I'm very well overpaid.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2008, Pitts was presented the Best Ensemble Award at the ShoWest Convention in the United States for his part in 21. The award was also presented to Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, and Josh Gad for their parts in the movie.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Strangers with Candy Craig Snow TV series, appeared in 1 episode
2000 Law & Order Jon Telford TV series, appeared in 1 episode
Sex and the City Sam Jones TV series, appeared in 1 episode
2001 Tart Toby Logan Movie
Eight Todd Short film
Zen and the Art of Landscaping Andy Baxter Short film
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Grigori Movie
We Were the Mulvaneys Patrick Mulvaney TV movie
Pipe Dream Autumn Movie
Ed Johnny Malone TV series, appeared in 1 episode
2004 A Separate Peace Brinker TV movie
EuroTrip Cooper Harris Movie
MTV Hits Himself TV series, appeared in episode #2.15
Eurotrip: The Making of Eurotrip Himself Documentary
Eurotrip: Nude Beach Exposed Himself Documentary
2005 1/4 Life Andy TV Movie
2006 The Novice Peter Pekorius Movie
Capitol Law Ryan TV Movie
2007 Across the Universe Rap Magazine Employee Movie
2008 21 Jimmy Fisher Movie, won ShoWest Best Ensemble Award
Quid Pro Quo Hugh Movie
2010 The Pacific PFC Bill 'Hoosier' Smith TV mini-series, appeared in 5 episodes
2010–2015 Justified Tim Gutterson TV series, Main Role
2012 Person of Interest Henry Peck TV series, appeared in episode #1.22 - "No Good Deed"
2012 True Dead Walter Short film
2013 That Thing with the Cat Jackson post-production
2014 Elementary Paul Ladesma TV series, appeared in episode #3.03 - "Just a Regular Irregular"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Reporter TV series, appeared in 1 episode
2016 Limitless Adam Bruster TV series, appeared in 2 episodes - "Finale: Part One!" and "Finale: Part Two!!"
2017 Sneaky Pete Lance Lord TV series, recurring character
2017 The Sinner J.D. TV series, recurring character
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chris Hodges Ep 8 Hell's kitchen
2018 Homecoming AJ


  1. ^ a b c Jacob Pitts, TV Guide.
  2. ^ Southern, N. (2009). Jacob Pitts: Biography
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (23 March 2018). "'Homecoming': Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Brooke Bloom, Ayden Mayeri & Jacob Pitts Set To Recur In Julia Roberts Amazon Series". Deadline. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  4. ^ "In Conversation With... Jacob Pitts (Justified's Tim Guttterson)". Sunny Side of the Street. November 8, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Sony Pictures. (2008). About the Cast. Jacob Pitts Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Pitts, J. (2006). Jacob Pitts. Interview by D. Echols
  7. ^ Pitts, J. (2008). Jacob Pitts [Audio file]. [1]

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