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Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

American actor
Pruitt Taylor Vince
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Intro American actor
Is Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 5 July 1960, Baton Rouge
Age 60 years
Star sign Cancer
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Pruitt Taylor Vince (born July 5, 1960) is an American character actor who has made many appearances in film and television.

Early life

Vince was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and began acting due to a mistake; a computer error in his high school registration scheduled him in an acting class.

Personal life

Vince has a condition called nystagmus which is the involuntary movement of the eye.


Vince made his film debut in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law, but his scenes wound up on the cutting room floor. He had prominent supporting roles in a number of major films, including a turn as a dimwitted Ku Klux Klan member in Mississippi Burning, Lee Bowers in JFK, and the main character's best friend in Nobody's Fool. He also starred in Giuseppe Tornatore's Legend of 1900 alongside Tim Roth. He had his first lead role in James Mangold's independent film Heavy, playing a sweet, silent overweight cook harboring a crush on a waitress (Liv Tyler).

Vince often alternates roles of both heroic and villainous characters, like a lovable small town pub owner in Beautiful Girls, a serial killer with multiple personalities in Identity (a second collaboration with director Mangold), the disheveled gossip columnist in Simone, and a pompous sheriff in Nurse Betty. He can also be seen in Love from Ground Zero as Walter. Vince also played a Southern cop 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, 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. 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. In 2012, he appeared in a full episode of Justified. He took a comic role as "Jelly" in Flypaper.


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.


List of acting performances in film and television
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Angel Heart Det. Deimos
Shy People Paul
Barfly Joe
1988 Red Heat Night Clerk
Miami Vice Cruz Episode "Bad Timing"
Mississippi Burning Lester Cowens
1989 K-9 Benny the Mule
I Know My First Name is Steven Irving Murphy TV movie
Homer and Eddie Cashier
1990 Wild at Heart Buddy
Fear Shadow Man
Come See the Paradise Augie Farrell
In the Heat of the Night Leonard Grissom Episode "Perversions of Justice"
Jacob's Ladder Paul
1991 Sweet Poison Coyle TV movie
Dead in the Water Lou Rescetti TV movie
JFK Lee Bowers
1992 Till Death Us Do Part Michael Brockington TV movie
Quantum Leap Hank Pilcher Episode "Moments to Live - May 4, 1985"
1993 Sisters Joe Abruzzia Episode "Things Are Tough All Over"
1994 China Moon Daryl Jeeters
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Bud
Natural Born Killers Deputy Warden Kavanaugh
Nobody's Fool Rub Squeers
1995 Heavy Victor Modino
Chicago Hope Walter Platt Episode "Small Sacrifices"
The Marshal Two-Cats Episode "Buy Hard"
Highlander Mikey Episode "The Innocent"
Under the Hula Moon Bob
1996 The Cottonwood
Beautiful Girls Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
The X-Files Gerry Schnauz Episode "Unruhe"
1997 Night Sins Olie Swain TV movie
Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Clifford Banks TV mini-series
The End of Violence Frank Cray
Murder One Clifford Banks 6 episodes
A Further Gesture Scott
Cold Around the Heart Johnny 'Cokebottles' Costello
1998 Dr. Dolittle Patient at Hammersmith Uncredited
The Legend of 1900 Max Tooney
Love from Ground Zero Walter
1999 Mumford Henry Follett
2000 Nurse Betty Ballard
The Cell Dr. Reid
2001 Gideon's Crossing James Tooley Episode "The Lottery"
Mental Hygiene Mr. Adams Short
Thieves Roy Lichter Episode "Dey Got De Degas"
2002 13 Moons Owen
Rebellion Vito
Simone Max Sayer
Trapped Marvin
2003 Identity Malcolm Rivers
L.A. Confidential Sid Hudgens TV movie
The Handler Ray / Sergei Episode "Street Boss"
Monster Gene / Stuttering "John"
Alias Campbell / Schapker Episode "Breaking Point"
2004 Touching Evil Cyril Kemp 5 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marty Gleason Episode "Swap Meet"
2005 Constantine Father Hennessey
Drop Dead Sexy Spider
2005–2006 Deadwood Mose Manuel 10 episodes
2006 House George Episode "Que Sera Sera"
2007 When a Man Falls in the Forest Travis
Captivity Ben Dexter
2008 Canterbury's Law Louis Minot Episode "Baggage"
The Echo Joseph
2009 The Smell of Success Cleveland Clod
In the Electric Mist Lou Girard
Don McKay Mel
Leaves of Grass Big Joe Sharpe
Medium Peter Winant Episode "Deja Vu All Over Again"
2010 Mysterious Island Gideon Spilett
Infamous The Patriarch 3 episodes
Memphis Beat Martin Matthews Episode "I Want to Be Free"
2010–2013 The Mentalist J.J. LaRoche 12 episodes
2011 Stanley DeBrock Earl Wayne
Flypaper Wyatt 'Jelly' Jenkins
The Cape Goggles Episode "Goggles and Hicks"
Cameraman Jeremy
Drive Angry Roy
On the Inside Ben Marshal
Butter Ned Eaten
Creature Grover
The Walking Dead Otis Season 2 (recurring role; 3 episodes)
2012 Justified Glen Fogle Episode "Harlan Roulette"
Bending the Rules Happy
Jules Verne's Mysterious Island
Brake Driver / Boss Terrorist (voice)
Bones Haze Jackson Episode "The Prisoner in the Pipe"
Hawaii Five-0 Richard Branche Episode "Ha'alele"
Homefront Werks
Dark Tourist Carl Marznap
Beautiful Creatures Mr. Lee
13 Sins Vogler
2014 True Blood Finn 5 episodes
2014 59 Seconds Robert Post-production
2015 Heroes Reborn Casper Abraham 7 episodes
2015 The Devil's Candy Ray Smilie
2017 The Life and Death of John Gotti Filming

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