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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 January 1958Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameMichael Anthony Claudio Wincott
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Over more than thirty years, Michael Wincott has gained the reputation of a respected and uncompromising actor. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, he eventually moved to New York City where he graduated from Juilliard in 1986 and began a relationship with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre beginning with his creation of the role of Kent in Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. (He reprised the role for the 1988 Oliver Stone film.) He last appeared onstage in New York opposite John Malkovich in Sam Shepard's States of Shock originating the role of Stubbs. He has worked with some of cinema's most gifted contributors including Julian Schnabel, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Jim Jarmusch, Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Benicio Del Toro and Javier Bardem. He wants to do a film with Isabelle Huppert in Paris. Then perhaps live there.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: edith grove

Trade Mark (3)

Deeply rasping voice
Long hair (in most of his better known roles), today is short
Frequently plays villains, both leading and supporting

Trivia (18)

The Juilliard School (Drama Division), 1982-1986 (graduated).
Younger brother of Jeff Wincott.
He plays a multitude of instruments including drums, harmonica, guitar and piano.
Of English and Italian descent.
His favorite musician is Keith Richards.
He played drums in jazz band as a kid.
He is known for his apathetic stance on celebrity and the ideals of Hollywood, often stating that he holds art in higher regard than money.
Has appeared in two films based on Alexandre Dumas' works: The Three Musketeers (1993) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002).
Parents: William and Lucia.
Lives in West Hollywood, California.
He's the youngest of three brothers.
In December 2008 he and Swedish actor/helmer Rafael Edholm joined forces to write the script for an untitled dark-edged drama/thriller. Taking place in the far north of Sweden and in Venice over four days, the project was the story of two men awaiting the subject of their assignment, an assassination, to arrive when a woman appears who might have been the childhood love of one of them. Wincott was going to play one of the leads while Edholm would've directed the pic, which had a budget of $10 million and was set to shoot starting in February 2010 for delivery in the fall of the same year. Although announced far in advance, the project did not start production due to financial problems.
In 2006 he was going to star in the movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's "Ecstasy" together with Hugh Dancy, Billy Boyd, Scott Cleverdon, Richard E. Grant and Sarah Carter, under the direction of Rob Heydon. The film was shot 4 years later with a different cast, except for Billy Boyd.
Turned down a recurring role in Lost (2004).
Turned down an audition for an unspecified villain role in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
He was considered for a role in Detachment (2011).
In the late 90s he was going to star in a project called "Cousin Joey" together with Mickey Rourke and Martin Landau. The movie was about two cousins, one an ex con named Joey (Wincott) who aspires to become a major player in the New York underworld and the other just released from prison (Rourke). Rourke's character tries to hook up with Joey and agrees to work as a loan shark to build up enough money to leave California and set up a home elsewhere and make a new start. A problem arises when their boss (Landau) is angered by Rourke's decision to leave and tries to put the squeeze on him and have him killed. When Wincott finds out, he takes Rourke on the run as they are chased by gangsters. Rourke contributed to the script and developed a lot of aspects to the original one which the producers had in mind; he was aiming for a more dialogue oriented approach, while the producers wanted more action. The result was that the project lost some producers and then failed to secure new financing. At this point Wincott left while Rourke rapidly tried to find a co-star; he didn't succeed and moved on other projects.
In 2011 he appeared in a test scene for a movie project about American multiple murderer Richard Kuklinski. In the short, directed by Ariel Vromen, he played Robert "Mr. Softee" Pronge while Michael Shannon impersonated Kuklinski. The movie, called The Iceman (2012), entered production at the end of the same year; Shannon kept his role while Chris Evans was chosen to play Pronge. Wincott was thanked in the end credits.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on his role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) as Guy of Gisborne] It's always so much more interesting to play the villains, and this guy is a real son of a bitch.
I never get the girl - I always die. That is the catch with playing bad. I'm actually a very romantic person, and I would like to play in a love story. As long as it doesn't get too sweet. That's not me.
You have to be careful so you don't make your character dull and predictable. Sometimes you have to bend the script a little... The bad guys are mostly the same on the paper... A bad guy wouldn't think of himself as bad. The guy I'm playing in Metro (1997) thinks of himself as a responsible and nice guy, since he is taking care of his retarded cousin. That is what I try to keep in mind, when I'm shooting and stabbing people.
You get to hear it so often - this is your time, this is your movie - finally you just don't listen anymore. Especially character actors, they are as leaves in the wind. There is a saying about the one who wants to amuse the gods never plans his life. He must have been an actor... You never get the role you have worked so hard for, but the dream role, the one who gives you joy, money and maybe even honor, that one just falls into your lap.
My worst work happens when I get obedient.
[about his working relationship with Anthony Hopkins on Hitchcock (2012) ] He's been just a remarkable human being and I think, once again in my experience, that the remarkably talented are also... it's because they are remarkable people.
It's not what's underfoot but in your veins. My father was a working man. He did all manner of things to house and feed his wife and three boys: sold encyclopedias, insurance, was a steamfitter. One day, at thirty-four years of age, on a construction site in twenty below zero, he decided to change his life. He labored by day and, two or three nights a week, placed his safety helmet in a locker at a University. Two degrees later, he became a teacher. He taught me determination and the value of literature and humour. My mother spent Sundays making ravioli by hand. She taught me patience, refinement and the value of one's passions. Of the three sons, I was the only one allowed into the kitchen. She wasn't fond of people around her there. For her it was a sacred place, spending hours rolling the dough, mixing the filling, making the circles of pasta with the open end of a cup. When we'd, at last, sit at the table, the first mouthful seemed like proof of the divine. Sundays were sublime.
It's good to dress well. Elegance expresses greater expectations of life. The current culture of slovenliness conveys a spiritual and intellectual surrender.

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