Michael Wincott biography
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
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.
Michael Wincott Filmography