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      Pruitt Taylor Vince

      Pruitt Taylor Vince

      Highest Rated: 93% The Devil's Candy (2015)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 5, 1960

      Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Versatile, Emmy-winning character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince drew critical praise for his ability to find the emotional core of figures both malevolent and kind in such projects as "Nobody's Fool" (1994), "Heavy" (1995), "Deadwood" (HBO 2004-06) and "Bird Box" (Netflix, 2018). Born July 5, 1960 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Vince attended Louisiana State University before making his screen debut in indie director Jim Jarmusch's comedy "Down By Law" (1986). Audiences didn't see his performance - his scenes were cut from the film prior to release - but by the following year, Vince was working steadily in minor character parts, including turns in Barbet Schroder's "Barfly" (1987) and Alan Parker's "Angel Heart" (1987). Parker would cast him in two more features, the much-praised "Mississippi Burning" (1988) and the lesser-known "Come See the Paradise" (1990), between assignments for David Lynch ("Wild at Heart," 1990), Adrian Lyne ("Jacob's Ladder," 1990) and Oliver Stone, who cast him as assassination witness Lee Bowers in "JFK" (1991) and as a deputy warden in "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Blessed with the rare combination of an imposing presence and an open, almost guileless face, Vince was adept at playing monstrous villains - he played an accomplice to a child kidnapper in the harrowing TV-movie "I Know My Name is Steven" (NBC, 1989) and a deluded killer on a 1996 episode of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002, 2016-2019) - as well as more sympathetic, often childlike figures, like the rough-hewn Rub Squeers in Robert Benton's "Nobody's Fool" (1994). Vince's most acclaimed screen turn came the following year as an overweight, lovelorn young man in James Mangold's "Heavy" (1995). The critical appraise afforded to his sensitive turn led to more high-profile projects, though his roles continued to hew along the lines of uncomplicated men - his hardworking bartender in Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996) - and heels, like the defiant serial killer Clifford Banks in the second season of "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-1997). Vince won a 1997 Emmy for the latter performance, and soon settled into steady character work in features for the likes of Giuseppe Tornatore ("The Legend of 1900," 1998), Lawrence Kasdan ("Mumford," 1999), Neil LaBute ("Nurse Betty," 2000) and a reunion with Mangold as a killer with multiple personalities in "Identity" (2003). He also remained a regular presence on television through recurring roles on "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-2006) as a man whose girth protected him from multiple gunshot wounds, as a hamfisted investigator on "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-2015), and as the ill-fated Otis on "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ). The 2010s found Vince working on multiple projects per year: these included studio efforts like "Beautiful Creatures" (2013), independent films like the supernatural thriller "The Devil's Candy" (2015) and recurring roles on "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-2014) as a devious psychiatrist, on "Heroes Reborn" (NBC, 2015-16) as a mystery man with powerful mental abilities, on "Stranger Things" (Netflix, 2016- ) as a hospital orderly spared from death by Millie Bobby Brown's powerful Jane/Eleven, and on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Grill, boss of the futuristic bunker The Lighthouse. In 2018, he played Rick, whose promise of safety prompted the harrowing journey by Sandra Bullock's Malorie in the blockbuster Netflix film "Bird Box."

      Highest rated movies

      The Devil's Candy
      Nobody's Fool
      Heavy
      Nurse Betty
      Monster
      Mississippi Burning Beautiful Girls
      Jacob's Ladder

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      20% 21% Crime Story Tommy (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Asia A Noah (Character) - 2018
      0% 44% Gotti Angelo Ruggiero (Character) $4.3M 2018
      No Score Yet 86% 59 Seconds Robert (Character) - 2016
      93% 65% The Devil's Candy Ray Smilie (Character) - 2015
      64% 45% 13 Sins Vogler (Character) $9.1K 2014
      48% 54% Beautiful Creatures Mr. Lee (Character) $19.4M 2013
      33% 28% Dark Tourist Carl Marznap (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 30% Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island Gideon Spillett (Character) - 2012
      46% 41% Brake Driver / Boss Terrorist (voice) (Character) $4.3K 2012
      No Score Yet 33% Bending the Rules Happy (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In NorthWood Ben Marshal (Character) - 2011
      11% 17% Creature Grover (Character) $327.0K 2011
      15% 42% Flypaper Jelly (Character) $1.1K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stanley DeBrock Earl Wayne (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mysterious Island Gideon Spilett (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 28% The Smell of Success Cleveland Clod (Character) - 2009
      38% 23% Don McKay Mel (Character) - 2009
      54% 34% In the Electric Mist Lou Girard (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 32% The Echo Joseph (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 18% When a Man Falls in the Forest Travis (Character) - 2007
      9% 23% Captivity Ben (Character) $2.6M 2007
      46% 72% Constantine Father Hennessy (Character) $75.5M 2005
      No Score Yet 23% Drop Dead Sexy Spider (Character) - 2004
      82% 81% Monster Gene (Character) $34.5M 2003
      63% 75% Identity Malcolm Rivers (Character) $51.5M 2003
      No Score Yet 45% 13 Moons Owen (Character) - 2002
      17% 48% Trapped Marvin Pool (Character) $6.9M 2002
      51% 36% Simone Max Sayer (Character) $9.7M 2002
      83% 44% Nurse Betty Ballard (Character) $25.2M 2000
      58% 65% Mumford Henry A. Follett (Character) $4.6M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love From Ground Zero Walter (Character) - 1999
      56% 91% The Legend of 1900 Max Tooney (Character) $259.1K 1998
      67% No Score Yet A Further Gesture Scott (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 22% Cold Around the Heart Johnny 'Cokebottles' Costello (Character) $552 1997
      29% 43% The End of Violence Frank Cray (Character) $283.0K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Sins Olie Swain (Character) - 1997
      78% 80% Beautiful Girls Stanley Womack (Character) $10.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cottonwood Mark Salli (Character) - 1996
      87% 66% Heavy Victor Modino (Character) $985.7K 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon Bob (Character) - 1995
      91% 81% Nobody's Fool Rub Squeers (Character) $38.3M 1994
      15% 31% City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Bud (Character) $43.4M 1994
      40% 41% China Moon Daryl Jeeters (Character) $2.7M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Till Death Us Do Part Michael Brockington (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Poison Coyle (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 0% Dead in the Water Lou Rescetti (Character) - 1991
      64% 73% Come See the Paradise Augie Farrell (Character) $850.6K 1990
      No Score Yet 54% Fear Shadow Man (Character) - 1990
      72% 84% Jacob's Ladder Paul (Character) $24.8M 1990
      79% 90% Mississippi Burning Lester Cowens (Character) $33.7M 1988
      64% 79% Shy People Paul (Character) $7.4K 1987

      TV

      Credit
      95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Grill (Guest Star) 2017-2018
      42% 56% Heroes Reborn Casper Abraham (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist J.J. LaRoche (Guest Star) 2010-2014
      68% 72% True Blood Finn (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 70% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      90% 83% Bones Haze Jackson (Guest Star) 2012
      97% 94% Justified Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      79% 78% The Walking Dead Otis (Guest Star) 2011
      41% 46% The Cape Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 75% Medium Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      58% No Score Yet Canterbury's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      90% 96% House George (Guest Star) 2006
      92% 96% Deadwood Mose Manuel (Guest Star) 2005-2006
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      86% 87% Alias Campbell / Schapker (Guest Star) 2003
      73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 89% Highlander: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marshal Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 90% Quantum Leap Hank Pilcher (Guest Star) 1992
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988