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Birth Place: Orange, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, musician, skateboard shop worker

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In a depressing case of art imitating life, Leo Fitzpatrick was a morally corrupt, deliquent teenage skateboarder when he was picked by writer/director Larry Clark to play the conniving and recklessly disinterested star of his disturbing 1995 film "Kids." A native of Orange, New Jersey (population: 29,000), Fitzpatrick was a regular skateboarder in Manhattan by the age of 14. He hung around with other skateboard kids, mostly semi-vagrants who came from unhappy homes and looked to each other for a sense of family and belonging. In the early 90's, Larry Clark began hanging around this scene, taking pictures, asking questions and just getting to know the kids, sometimes skating himself. He asked Fitzpatrick if he would like to audition for a movie he was making and Fitzpatrick was cast as Telly, a vagrant skateboarding teen whose life of violence, crime and drugs is directed by one goal, the desire to have sex with very young virgins. Fitzpatrick and Clark shared a story credit on the film, which with its untrained actors and gritty real-life feel was often mistaken as a documentary.

In a depressing case of art imitating life, Leo Fitzpatrick was a morally corrupt, deliquent teenage skateboarder when he was picked by writer/director Larry Clark to play the conniving and recklessly disinterested star of his disturbing 1995 film "Kids." A native of Orange, New Jersey (population: 29,000), Fitzpatrick was a regular skateboarder in Manhattan by the age of 14. He hung around with other skateboard kids, mostly semi-vagrants who came from unhappy homes and looked to each other for a sense of family and belonging. In the early 90's, Larry Clark began hanging around this scene, taking pictures, asking questions and just getting to know the kids, sometimes skating himself. He asked Fitzpatrick if he would like to audition for a movie he was making and Fitzpatrick was cast as Telly, a vagrant skateboarding teen whose life of violence, crime and drugs is directed by one goal, the desire to have sex with very young virgins. Fitzpatrick and Clark shared a story credit on the film, which with its untrained actors and gritty real-life feel was often mistaken as a documentary.

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 Eye of Winter (2014)
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 Blue Caprice (2013)
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 Milkshake (2013)
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 NY Thing, A (2010)
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 Fay Grim (2006)
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1995:
Made feature acting debut in "Kids", playing Telly, the street tough whose idea of safe sex is to sleep with virgins; first screen collaboration with director Larry Clark
1998:
Had small role in the Clark-directed drama "Another Day in Paradise"
2000:
Had memorable guest appearance on "The Practice"
2001:
Starred with Selma Blair in the controversial "Storytelling", director Todd Solondz's follow-up to "Happiness"; featured in the section called "Fiction", playing a college student with cerebral palsy
2001:
Reteamed with Larry Clark for a pivotal role as 'The Hitman' in "Bully", inspired by a true life incident
2001:
Moved to the mainstream with a supporting role in "Serendipity", a romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale
2002:
Acted in the HBO series "The Wire"
2002:
Featured in "Personal Velocity: Three Portraits"; directed by Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller; film also starred Posy Parker and Kyra Sedgwick; won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
2005:
Starred in Hal Hartley's "The Girl From Monday," about a time in the near future when citizens are happy to be property traded on the stock exchange
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Notes

Fitzpatrick is a member of the band The Whispers.

"The only difference between me and my friends is that they drink Pabst Blue Ribbon and I can have Guinness." --Fitzpatrick on how fame has changed him

Fitzpatrick was slated to be in the movie "The Last Castle" (starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini) in 2001 but he was hit by a drunk driver while crossing a street in Los Angeles and suffered severe nerve damage causing him to be in bed for a month.

Fitzpatrick enjoys photography and has a collection of zines he's made which he plans on turning into a book.

"I have issues with being an actor. It's a stupid business. I want to quit every day and go work at McDonald's -- but I don't." --Fitzpatrick to Paper Magazine, Summer 2002

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