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Also Known As: Michael Carmen Pitt Died:
Born: April 10, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: West Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, bike messenger

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Though he was on the precipice of becoming just another teen idol, thanks to his recurring role of high school football player Henry Parker on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), actor Michael Pitt turned instead to gritty performances in independent movies like "Hedwig and the Angry Itch" (2001) and "Bully" (2002). Because of his eye-catching roles in those two films, Pitt was able to breakthrough into studio fare like "Murder by Numbers" (2002) and "The Village" (2004). Not wanting to be trapped in unchallenging parts, the actor continued to expand his range in the indie world with turns as a reclusive man who descends into madness in "Rhinoceros Eyes" (2003) and as a troubled rock star modeled after Kurt Cobain in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" (2005). Following major roles in the showbiz satire "Delirious" (2006), the heartbreaking romantic drama "Silk" (2007), and Michael Haneke's shot-for-shot remake of his thriller "Funny Games" (2008), the versatile Pitt became a series regular on the acclaimed television drama, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010- ), which only underscored the young actor's wide-ranging talents and appeal.

Though he was on the precipice of becoming just another teen idol, thanks to his recurring role of high school football player Henry Parker on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), actor Michael Pitt turned instead to gritty performances in independent movies like "Hedwig and the Angry Itch" (2001) and "Bully" (2002). Because of his eye-catching roles in those two films, Pitt was able to breakthrough into studio fare like "Murder by Numbers" (2002) and "The Village" (2004). Not wanting to be trapped in unchallenging parts, the actor continued to expand his range in the indie world with turns as a reclusive man who descends into madness in "Rhinoceros Eyes" (2003) and as a troubled rock star modeled after Kurt Cobain in Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" (2005). Following major roles in the showbiz satire "Delirious" (2006), the heartbreaking romantic drama "Silk" (2007), and Michael Haneke's shot-for-shot remake of his thriller "Funny Games" (2008), the versatile Pitt became a series regular on the acclaimed television drama, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010- ), which only underscored the young actor's wide-ranging talents and appeal.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 I Origins (2014)
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 Smell of Us, The (2014)
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 Rob the Mob (2014)
5.
 You Can't Win (2013)
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 Funny Games (2007)
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 Silk (2007)
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 Delirious (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to NYC at age 16
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Made TV debut on ABC soap "All My Children"
1997:
Appeared on an episode of "Dellaventura" (CBS)
1998:
First film role, an uncredited part as a dance student in "54"
1998:
Feature acting debut, "The Hi-Life"
1999:
Made off-Broadway debut in "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek" at New York Theatre Workshop
1999:
Landed recurring role as football player Henry Parker on "Dawson's Creek" (The WB)
2000:
Cast as a student in Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forrester"
2001:
Acted in Faye Dunaway's directorial debut "The Yellow Bird," based on a Tennessee Williams' play; aired on WE network
2001:
Delivered breakout role as the lover of a transgendered rock star in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
2001:
Had a supporting role as a stoner who becomes involved in a murder plot in Larry Clark's "Bully"
2002:
Acted on stage in the off-Broadway play "Monster," loosely based on Mary Shelley's <i>Frankenstein</i>
2002:
Played one of the leads in "Murder by Numbers," about two high school students who think they have committed the perfect murder
2004:
Stared as an American student in Paris in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers"; film was set against the backdrop of the 1968 Paris student riots
2004:
Appeared in Asia Argento's "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things"
2005:
Headlined Gus Van Sant's "Last Days," playing a part loosely based on rocker Kurt Cobain
2006:
Co-starred with Paul Giamatti for the southern-themed "The Hawk is Dying," based on the novel by Harry Crews
2007:
Co-starred with Keira Knightley as a French husband and wife in director Fran├žois Girard's "Silk"
2007:
Starred in "Delirious" as a young homeless man who befriends a celebrity photographer (Steve Buscemi)
2008:
Co-starred in Michael Haneke's remake of his own 1997 film "Funny Games" alongside Tim Roth and Naomi Watts
2010:
Cast as James 'Jimmy' Darmody on HBO's Prohibition-era series "Boardwalk Empire," starring Buscemi
2012:
Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Pitt has several tattoos, including one of a panther on his stomach.

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