Pruitt Taylor Vince

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Pruitt Taylor Vince
Born (1960-07-05) July 5, 1960 (age 62)
EducationLouisiana State University
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Anne Schneider (divorced)
Julianne Mattelig
(m. 2003)

Pruitt Taylor Vince (born July 5, 1960) is an American character actor. He became best known for his roles in the films Shy People (1987) and Mississippi Burning (1988). He also appeared in Jacob's Ladder (1990), Nobody's Fool (1994), Heavy (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), The Legend of 1900 (1998), Nurse Betty (2000), Identity (2003), Constantine (2005), Gotti (2018), and Bird Box (2018). He is also known for his role of J.J. Laroche in The Mentalist (2008–2015).

Vince has also appeared on many television series. In 1997, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his guest role as Clifford Banks in the second season of the television series Murder One.

Early life[edit]

Vince was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He reportedly began studying acting due to a mistake; a computer error in his high school registration scheduled him in an acting class, and he decided to stay. He attended Louisiana State University.[1]

For most of his life, Vince has had a condition called nystagmus which is the involuntary movement of the eye.[2] He has tried to incorporate it into his roles.[citation needed]


Vince made his film debut in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, but his scenes were edited out. He had prominent supporting roles in a number of major films, including a turn as a dimwitted Ku Klux Klan member in Mississippi Burning (1988), Lee Bowers in JFK (1991), and the main character's best friend in Nobody's Fool (1994). His first lead role was in James Mangold's independent film Heavy (1995), playing a sweet, silent overweight cook harboring a crush on a waitress played by Liv Tyler. He also starred in Giuseppe Tornatore's Italian film Legend of 1900 (1998).

Vince often alternates between heroic and villainous characters. He played a lovable, small town pub owner in Beautiful Girls, a serial killer with multiple personalities in Identity (a second collaboration with director Mangold); a priest with psychic abilities in the 2005 film Constantine, a gossip columnist in Simone, and a pompous sheriff in Nurse Betty. He can also be seen in Love from Ground Zero as Walter. Vince played a Southern policeman in Angel Heart, a kidnapper's assistant in Trapped, and a deputy prison warden in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers.

Other film titles include the neo-noir China Moon and the psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder.

Guest appearances on TV shows include Deadwood, Alias, The X-Files, Miami Vice, Quantum Leap, Chicago Hope, In the Heat of the Night, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Highlander: The Series, and the American remake of Touching Evil. In 2011, he appeared as Otis in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.[3] He also had a guest role playing a 600-lb. patient in Fox's medical drama House. From 2010 to 2014, he had a multi-episode appearance in The Mentalist.[4] In 2012, he appeared in a full episode of Justified.[5] He took a comic role as "Jelly" in Flypaper. In 2018, he appeared on an episode of The Blacklist as Lawrence Devlin.[6]


Vince received an Emmy Award in 1997 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as serial killer Clifford Banks during the second season of the television series Murder One.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Down by Law (scenes deleted), First role
1987 Angel Heart Det. Deimos
1987 Shy People Paul
1987 Barfly Joe
1988 Red Heat Night Clerk
1988 Mississippi Burning Lester Cowens
1989 K-9 Benny the Mule
1989 Homer and Eddie Cashier
1990 Wild at Heart Buddy
1990 Fear Shadow Man
1990 Come See the Paradise Augie Farrell
1990 Jacob's Ladder Paul
1991 JFK Lee Bowers
1994 China Moon Daryl Jeeters
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Bud
1994 Natural Born Killers Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
1994 Nobody's Fool Rub Squeers
1995 Heavy Victor Modino
1995 Under the Hula Moon Bob
1996 The Cottonwood Mark Salli
1996 Beautiful Girls Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
1997 The End of Violence Frank Cray
1997 A Further Gesture Scott
1997 Cold Around the Heart Johnny 'Cokebottles' Costello
1998 Dr. Dolittle Patient at Hammersmith Uncredited
1998 The Legend of 1900 Max Tooney
1998 Love from Ground Zero Walter
1999 Mumford Henry Follett
2000 Nurse Betty Ballard
2000 The Cell Dr. Reid
2001 Mental Hygiene Mr. Adams Short
2002 13 Moons Owen
2002 Rebellion Vito
2002 S1m0ne Max Sayer
2002 Trapped Marvin
2002 Trapped from Within Himself Video documentary short
2003 Identity Malcolm Rivers
2003 Monster Gene / Stuttering "John"
2005 Constantine Father Hennessey
2005 Drop Dead Sexy Spider
2005 Nobody Wants Your Film Himself Documentary
2007 When a Man Falls in the Forest Travis
2007 Captivity Ben Dexter
2008 The Echo Joseph
2009 The Smell of Success Cleveland Clod
2009 In the Electric Mist Lou Girard
2009 Don McKay Mel
2009 Leaves of Grass Big Joe Sharpe
2011 Stanley DeBrock Earl Wayne
2011 Flypaper Wyatt 'Jelly' Jenkins
2011 Cameraman Jeremy
2011 Drive Angry Roy
2011 On the Inside Ben Marshal
2011 Butter Ned Eaten
2011 Creature Grover
2012 Bending the Rules Happy
2012 Jules Verne's Mysterious Island Gideon Spilett
2012 Brake Driver / Boss Terrorist (voice)
2013 Broken Blood Earl Wayne
2013 The Making of Broken Blood Himself Video documentary short
2013 Homefront Werks
2013 Dark Tourist Carl Marznap
2013 Beautiful Creatures Mr. Lee[8]
2013 13 Sins Vogler[9]
2015 The Devil's Candy Ray Smilie
2016 59 Seconds Robert
2018 Gotti Angelo Ruggiero
2018 ASIA A Noah Short
2018 Bird Box Rick
TBA Reckoning[citation needed] Tommy Post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Miami Vice Cruz Episode: "Bad Timing"
1989 I Know My First Name is Steven Irving Murphy TV movie
1990 In the Heat of the Night Leonard Grissom Episode: "Perversions of Justice"
1991 Sweet Poison Coyle TV movie
1991 Dead in the Water Lou Rescetti TV movie
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Michael Brockington TV movie
1992 Quantum Leap Hank Pilcher Episode: "Moments to Live - May 4, 1985"
1993 Sisters Joe Abruzzia Episode: "Things Are Tough All Over"
1995 Chicago Hope Walter Platt Episode: "Small Sacrifices"
1995 The Marshal Two-Cats Episode: "Buy Hard"
1995 Highlander Mikey Episode: "The Innocent"
1996 The X-Files Gerry Schnauz Episode: "Unruhe"
1997 Night Sins Olie Swain TV movie
1997 Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Clifford Banks TV mini-series
1997 Murder One Clifford Banks 6 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing James Tooley Episode: "The Lottery"
2001 Thieves Roy Lichter Episode: "Dey Got De Degas"
2003 L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgens TV movie
2003 The Handler Ray / Sergei Episode: "Street Boss"
2003 Alias Campbell / Schapker Episode: "Breaking Point"
2004 Touching Evil Cyril Kemp 5 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marty Gleason Episode: "Swap Meet"
2005–2006 Deadwood Mose Manuel 10 episodes
2006 House George Episode: "Que Sera Sera"
2008 Canterbury's Law Louis Minot Episode: "Baggage"
2009 Medium Peter Winant Episode: "Deja Vu All Over Again"
2010 Infamous The Patriarch 3 episodes, also director
2010 Memphis Beat Martin Matthews Episode: "I Want to Be Free"
2010–2013 The Mentalist J.J. LaRoche 12 episodes
2011 The Cape Goggles Episode: "Goggles and Hicks"
2011 The Walking Dead Otis 3 episodes
2012 Justified Glen Fogle Episode: "Harlan Roulette"
2012 Bones Haze Jackson Episode: "The Prisoner in the Pipe"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Richard Branche Episode: "Ha'alele"
2014 True Blood Finn 5 episodes
2015 Heroes Reborn Casper Abraham[10] 7 episodes
2017 Stranger Things Ray Carroll 2 episodes
2017–2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grill[11] Recurring; 4 episodes
2018 The Blacklist Lawrence Devlin 2 episodes
TBA Lady in the Lake TBA Upcoming miniseries


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  2. ^ "Famous People With Nystagmus". Nystagmus Network UK. Archived from the original on 2015-10-28.
  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (22 June 2011). "Walking Dead Exclusive: Mentalist's Pruitt Taylor Vince Cops First Season 2 Role". TVLine. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ Keck, William (26 October 2010). "Keck's Exclusives: New Mentalist Character To Butt Heads with Jane".
  5. ^ "'Justified' Season 3, Episode 3: 'Harlan Roulette' Recap". 1 February 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Will The Blacklist Kill Off Another Major Character In Season 5?". CINEMABLEND. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  7. ^ "Pruitt Taylor Vince". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Beautiful Creatures Interview - Pruitt Taylor Vince (2013)". Trailer Addict. 2 February 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Ron Perlman, Pruitt Taylor Vince And More Sign On For Angry Little God - CINEMABLEND". CINEMABLEND. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Heroes Reborn adds Walking Dead actor". Digital Spy. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Agents of SHIELD announces new character in season 5". 4 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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