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Overview (2)

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Vince first started to get noticed for his excellent performances at the start of his career in Shy People (1987) and Mississippi Burning (1988). In both these films he played something of a blathering redneck idiot, although there was a streak of pathos in both performances which made it impossible to dismiss his characters as just 'bad' people. In 'David Lynch''s Wild at Heart (1990) and Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder (1990), he put in performances which showed he was merely biding his time before his next great role came along. Well, as luck would have it, two great roles came along in two years. As Rub Squeers, Paul Newman's emotional work partner in Nobody's Fool (1994), he put in an excellent performance. However, this performance was nothing compared to the acting powerhouse which was Heavy (1995). In this tender indie film, also marking Liv Tyler's first proper film role, Vince practically carries the whole film, and does so with style. Watching him gradually lose grip of his life breaks your heart, and it is without doubt one of the most underrated performances of the 90s.

Vince has not really had a film role to touch this since, but he has been in the cult hit crime show, Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer (1997), as Clifford Banks. It was a rare opportunity for Vince to flex his acting muscles as a slightly different type of character. Vince undoubtedly has the ability to be a major star; he just needs to be given the opportunity.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Oliver Tripp (oliertripp@hotmail.com)

Spouse (2)

Julianne Mattelig (24 May 2003 - present)
Anne Schneider (? - ?)

Trade Mark (1)

Playing twitchy, nervous, sometimes disturbed characters

Trivia (6)

Won the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performance by an Actor for his performance as serial killer Clifford Banks on Murder One (1995).
Filmed scenes for Down by Law (1986) that were cut.
Has nystagmus, a condition which causes a person's eyes to move involuntarily.
Ended up in a drama class by accident in high school, due to a computer error in registration.
When Pruitt Taylor Vince won the 1997 Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Murder One (1995), he beat Ewan McGregor and such top-drawer thespians as Oscar-winners Alan Arkin and Louis Gossett Jr. and Oscar nominee William H. Macy for the award.
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Northeast Film Festival 2013 for his stellar performance as Earl Wayne in Broken Blood (2013).

Personal Quotes (5)

I think the bad-guy roles are fun - there are more of them, and they're written more colorfully.
I never had a prejudiced bone in my body.
I got agitated at the idea that racism is a Southern thing. Did you hear about the cross-burning out here? A black family moved into an upper-middle-class Los Angeles suburb and found a cross burning on their lawn. Swastikas are being painted on synagogues. I'm moving to France. I don't think this 'kinder, gentler nation' bit is working too well.
What's happened in my career is probably fate and good luck.
I didn't make movies when I was a kid, but I loved them. That was considered a far-fetched dream.

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