Michael Pitt - Rotten Tomatoes

Michael Pitt

Highest Rated:   92% Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% Run with the Hunted (2020)
Birthplace:   West Orange, New Jersey, USA
With a fair-skinned face that recalls Leonardo DiCaprio and blue-green eyes that seem to pierce the screen, actor Michael Pitt has come a long way from his role as a high school football star on Dawson's Creek. An adventurous actor who isn't afraid to take risks, Pitt has appeared as everything from a callous glam rocker (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) to a murderous, introspective teen (Murder by Numbers) -- all with equal conviction. A native of West Orange, NJ, Pitt realized his future calling at the age of ten. His supportive parents soon gathered the money to send their son to drama school in New York a few short years later. At 16, Pitt crossed the Hudson River with little more than the shirt on his back, and in between the occasional independent film and television role, the aspiring actor supported himself by taking a job as a bike messenger. In 1999, Pitt made his off-Broadway debut in the Depression-era drama The Trestle of Pope Lick Creek, and it was there that a casting agent spotted him and recommended him for a role in Dawson's Creek. With the creative constraints of television failing to fulfill Pitt artistically, however, the rising star quickly gravitated to more challenging feature roles. A supporting performance in director Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester (2000) found Pitt's recognition factor growing, and his next role was that of glam rocker Tommy Gnosis in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). His creativity and comfort in front of the cameras growing, Pitt took a supporting part in director Larry Clark's Bully before landing his biggest role to date as one-half of a murderous pair of teens in Barbet Schroeder's Murder by Numbers (2002). Though that may have been his highest-profile role, his most creatively challenging role was likely that of a young American living in Paris in director Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers, which premiered at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. A frank and sexually explicit film concerning the friendship of Pitt's character with a pair of movie-loving Parisian siblings, the film follows the trio as they close themselves off from the world while the 1968 Paris student riots rage outside. That same year, Pitt took the lead as a reclusive young man in the dark drama Rhinoceros Eyes, and also appeared in a supporting capacity in the John Holmes crime drama Wonderland. He had a small part in 2004's The Village, and scored an art-house success as a Kurt Cobain-like figure in Gus Van Sant's Last Days. He appeared in the American remake of Funny Games in 2007, and three years later he was cast as Jimmy Darmody, the protégé to corrupt politician Nucky Thompson in the award-winning HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.


Highest Rated Movies



0% Run with the Hunted
  • Actor
54% Detective Chinatown 2
  • Actor
44% Ghost in the Shell
  • Kuze
$40.6M 2017
31% Criminal
  • Jan Strook – The Dutchman
48% Criminal Activities
  • Executive Producer
  • Zach
38% Big Stone Gap
  • Producer
$1.1M 2015
52% I Origins
  • Dr. Ian Gray
  • Executive Producer
83% Rob the Mob
  • Tommy Uva
  • Executive Producer
$0.3M 2014
82% Seven Psychopaths
  • Larry
$15.1M 2012
No Score Yet Pinkville
  • Lt. William Calley
18% Cop Out
  • Henry, the Neighbor
$44.1M 2010
52% Funny Games
  • Paul
$1.1M 2008
7% Silk
  • Herve Joncour
$1.1M 2007
82% Delirious
  • Toby Grace
30% The Hawk Is Dying
  • Fred
57% Last Days
  • Blake
$0.4M 2005
41% The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
  • Buddy
17% Jailbait
  • Randy
43% The Village
  • Finton Coin
$114.2M 2004
45% Rhinoceros Eyes
  • Chep
60% The Dreamers
  • Matthew
$2.3M 2004
34% Wonderland
  • Gopher
31% Murder by Numbers
  • Justin Pendleton
$31.9M 2002
77% Changing Lanes
  • music teacher/conductor
$66.7M 2002
54% Bully
  • Donny Semenec
92% Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Tommy Gnosis
$1.6M 2001
74% Finding Forrester
  • Coleridge
$51.4M 2000


92% Person Of Interest
  • Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Vigilados: Person of Interest
  • Producer
  • 2016
  • 2011
92% Hannibal
  • Mason Verger
  • 2014
92% Boardwalk Empire
  • Jimmy Darmody
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Harry Baker
  • 2002
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
  • Henry
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
  • Andy
  • 1998

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