Michael Wincott Biography

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Born: January 21, 1959


Date of Birth: January 21 1959

Born in Toronto, Wincott and his younger brother Jeff (now a martial arts actor) were raised in London, Ontario.

He attended the prestigious Julliard School of Drama, graduating in 1986. Following school, Wincott went on to do stage work in New York, appearing in such productions as Talk Radio, The Plough and the Stars, and Tis a Pity She's a Whore. He also appeared in a few Broadway dramas including the production States of Shock.

He returned to his native soil to work in his first feature film, Wild Horse Hank (1979). Playing the role of Charlie Connors, Wincott went through extensive training to ride horses for the film.

That same year he began working in telefilms like The Family Man. For the next 10 years he landed various roles in small and big budget films including Born on the Fourth of July and Talk Radio, but remained for the most part in obscurity.

He first garnered major recognition in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, playing the Sheriff of Nottingham's cousin, Guy of Gisborne.

The memorable role led to other villainous roles in films like 1942: Conquest of Paradise, The Three Musketeers, The Crow, Metro, Alien Resurrection, and Strange Days. The villainous characters made Wincott famous for his deep, raspy voice and his attitude somewhere between bad-boy sensuous and psychopath.

Although he spends most of his working hours on movie sets, he has also made guest appearances on such series as The Littlest Hobo, Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Crime Story and Strangers.

Besides acting, Wincott is also an accomplished musician, playing guitar and the drums. "I played drums in jazz bands as a kid. I was much too much of an elitist to play Rock & Roll." Although he wouldn't play it, he has been spotted at rock concerts including The Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes.

He has done some professional guitar work for the film Strange Days and can be heard on Julian Schnabel's CD 'Every Silver Line has a Gray Cloud'.

He currently makes his home in Los Angeles, California.


The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Before Night Falls (2000)
Hidden Agenda (1998)
Gunshy (1998)
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Metro (1997)
Basquiat (1996)
Strange Days (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
Panther (1995)
The Crow (1994)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The Doors (1991)
Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)
Suffering Bastards (1989)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Talk Radio (1988) (voice)
The Sicilian (1987)
Curtains (1983)
Ticket to Heaven (1981)
Circle of Two (1980)
Nothing Personal (1980)
Wild Horse Hank (1979)

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