Jeff Wincott at the 2018 Toronto Indie Film Festival
|Born||Jeffrey Howard Piero Wincott|
8 May 1956
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||Ryerson University Theatre School|
|Family||Michael Wincott (brother)|
Early life and education
Wincott began studying taekwondo at 15 and also swam competitively. Wincott became interested in acting while in high school and wound-up turning down a swimming scholarship to study acting at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, where he studied for 2 years.
One of Wincott's first acting jobs was in 1979 when he appeared on 2 episodes of the Canadian sitcom King of Kensington. He also appeared in an episode of the Canadian sitcom The Littlest Hobo that same year.
In 1980 he toured with the Toronto-based Actors Touring Company in their production of Romeo and Juliet, followed by the Runnymede Theatre production Play it Again, Sam in which Wincott played the role of Humphrey Bogart. That same year he also had a small role in the horror movie Prom Night, and the following year he had a small role in the film Quest for Fire.
Wincott appeared in an episode of the Canadian drama series The Great Detective in 1982. In 1981 and 1983 he appeared again in episodes of The Littlest Hobo. He also appeared in episodes of the Canadian TV series Hangin' In in 1983 and 1984.
From 1981 to 1983 Wincott lived in New York City, where he studied privately with Juilliard teacher Michael Kahn, before moving on to Los Angeles to film a beer commercial for Molson. While in L.A. he taught breakdancing and would also perform mime on Venice Beach for money.
In 1984 Wincott returned to Toronto and began working on the Canadian police drama series Night Heat. The series starred Scott Hylands as Detective Kevin O'Brien and Wincott as his partner, the brash and impulsive Detective Frank Giambone. The series ran for 4 seasons from 1985 to 1989 and also aired on CBS, making it the first Canadian-produced drama series to air on an American network. In 1986 he also appeared in the Canadian drama film The Boy in Blue starring Nicolas Cage.
In the 1990s Wincott was the star of several action films, often making use of his martial arts skills. Some of these films include Martial Law 2: Undercover (1991), "Missions of Justice" opposite Brigitte Nielsen (1992), Deadly Bet (1992), Martial Outlaw (1993), The Killing Machine (1994), Street Law (1995), Last Man Standing (1995), The Donor (1995), No Exit (1995), When the Bullet Hits the Bone (1996), and Future Fear (1997).
In 2003 Wincott appeared in 2 episodes of the second season of TV series 24. He played the recurring role of James 'Jimmy' Cacuzza on the crime drama series Sons of Anarchy, appearing in episodes that aired in 2008, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 Wincott played Captain Mancuso in an episode in the third season of the TV series Blue Bloods, and reprised the role in the series fifth season. He also played recurring character Marshal Hilliard in the miniseries The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015) and Detective Lucas in the miniseries The Night Of (2016).
|1980||Happy Birthday Gemini||Taxi Driver|
|1980||Quest for Fire||Stunt Double (uncredited)|
|1985||The Big Deal||Ted Powers|
|1986||The Boy in Blue||Riley|
|1991||Sharkskin (short)||Tony Dots|
|1992||Martial Law 2||Detective Sean Thompson|
|1992||Mission Of Justice||Kurt Harris|
|1993||Martial Outlaw||Agent Kevin White|
|1994||Open Fire||Alec McNeil||Also Associate Producer|
|1994||The Killing Machine (1994 film)||Harlin Garrett||Also Associate Producer|
|1995||No Exit||John Stoneman||Also Associate Producer|
|1995||Street Law||John Ryan||Also Associate Producer and Fight Choreographer|
|1995||The Donor||Billy Castle||Also Associate Producer|
|1995||Last Man Standing||Detective Kurt Bellmore||Also Co-Producer|
|1996||Whiskey, Riddles, and Dandelion Wine||Roger|
|1996||When The Bullet Hits The Bone||Dr. Jack Davies||Also Associate Producer|
|1996||Profile For Murder||Michael Weinberg|
|1997||The Undertakers Wedding||Rocco|
|1997||Future Fear||Dr. John Denniel|
|2001||Pressure Point||Rudy Wicker|
|2002||Outside The Law||Michael Peyton|
|2007||Decisive Moment (short)||Cliff Foust||Best Actor 48hr Film Festival Richmond, VA|
|2007||The Invasion||Transit Cop|
|2008||House of Fallen||Lucifer|
|2010||The Last Dinner||Warden||short|
|2016||Behind Bars||Kidd||(short) Writer, producer and director|
|2019||Kringle Time||Mayor Rodney Jorkins|
|1978–1979||King of Kensington||Jeff||appeared in 2 episodes|
|1979–1983||The Littlest Hobo||Barry McLeod/Mel||appeared in 3 episodes|
|1983–1984||Hangin' In||Daryl/Carl/Paul||appeared in 3 episodes|
|1984–1989||Night Heat||Detective Frank Giambone||appeared in all 96 episodes|
|1989||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Tom King||Episode: "Skeleton In The Closet"|
|1989||Matlock||Spencer Hamilton||Episodes: "Hunting Party: Part 1" "Hunting Party: Part 2"|
|1990–1991||Top Cops||Robert Challice/Rocky Bridges/Joe Partington||appeared in 3 episodes|
|1992||Secret Service||Sheppard||appeared in 2 episodes|
|1991–1993||Counterstrike||Lexington/Rik Allen||appeared in 2 episodes|
|1998||Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms||Eric Devereaux||Television film|
|1998||Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business||Television film|
|1999||Cold Squad||Thomas Sterling Brown||Episode: "Dead End"|
|2000||Code Name: Eternity||Breed||Episode: "The Hunter"|
|2000||Earth: Final Conflict||Malley/Phantom||Episode: "Phantom Companion"|
|2000–2002||Relic Hunter||Rollin Harley/Jonathan Quelch||appeared in 2 episodes|
|2002||Mutant X||Grady Colt||Episode: "Whose Woods These Are"|
|2003||JAG||Captain Masters||Episode: "Complications"|
|2003||24||Davis||appeared in 2 episodes|
|2005||NCIS||Gunnery Sgt. Leeka||Episode: "Red Cell"|
|2006||Sons of Butcher||Ram Punchington/Duster Killby/Jack Nimble||voice in 4 episodes|
|2008||The Wire||Johnny Weaver||Episode "-30-"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Security Chief||Episode: "Dead Model Walking"|
|2009||One Tree Hill||Attorney||Episode: "Some Roads Lead Nowhere"|
|2011||Person of Interest||Lieutenant Allan Gilmore||Episode: "The Fix"|
|2012–2015||Blue Bloods||ESU/Captain Mancuso||Episodes: "Family Business" "Occupational Hazards"|
|2012||The Good Wife||Tim Resnick||Episode: "Battle of The Proxies"|
|2008–2013||Sons of Anarchy||Jimmy Cacuzza||appeared in 3 episodes|
|2014||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||Marshal Hilliard||appeared in 5 episodes|
|2016||The Night Of||Detective Lucas||appeared in 3 episodes|
|2019||The Code||General Carrick||CBS original pilot|
Awards and nominations
|1986||Gemini Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Night Heat||Nominated|
|2016||Toronto Short Film Festival||Festival Director's Award (short)||Behind Bars||Won|
|2013||Grand Theft Auto V||Casey|
|1976||Red Peppers||Bert Bentley|
|1976||Still Life||Albert Godby|
|1977||Anne of a Thousand Days||Mark Smeaton|
|1978||Romeo and Juliet||Tybalt|
|1979||Play It Again, Sam||Bogie|
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- Jeff Wincott on IMDb
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