Patrick Fugit Biography


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Birth Name: Patrick Fugit
Born: 10/27/1982
Birth Place: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Born Oct. 27, 1982 in Salt Lake City, UT, Patrick Raymond Fugit began acting at the age of 11 through a summer theater program. Inspired to pursue acting professionally, he landed a pair of guest spots on the inspirational drama "Touched by an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003) and a small role in the schlocky made-for-TV movie "Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!" (Fox, 1998). His career received a massive boost when he was plucked from relative obscurity to star as William Miller, a character based on a teenage Cameron Crowe in the filmmaker's rapturously received love letter to rock-n-roll, "Almost Famous" (2000). The wide-eyed center of the beloved film, Fugit played a quirky and ambitious high school student who lands the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write a Rolling Stone feature. A likable straight man to the more visibly charismatic turns by co-stars Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Jason Lee and Zooey Deschanel, Fugit, his co-stars and the film itself were all showered with praise. The young actor earned several high-profile nominations and awards, including Most Promising Actor from the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Golden Apple for Male Discovery of the Year. So pervasive was the film's influence that Fugit even recreated the character on an episode of "MADtv" (Fox, 1995-2009).

The actor went on to appear as a naïve young addict in the crystal meth-fueled drama "Spun" (2002) and then portrayed an aspiring comic book artist in the Michelle Pfeiffer drama "White Oleander" (2002). He recurred on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and then essayed a pastor's skateboarding son who romances a pregnant teen (Jena Malone) in the satirical religious high school comedy "Saved!" (2004). Although the low-key actor's public profile was at its highest, his professional momentum seemed to ebb, and he mostly booked smaller-scale and lower-profile jobs.

Fugit next starred in the dark comedy/fantasy "Wristcutters: A Love Story" (2006) and the college-set comedy "Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas" (2006), before taking supporting roles in even more obscure projects, including the dramedy "The Good Life" (2007) and the crime drama "Horsemen" (2009). He played Evra the Snake Boy in the would-be franchise film "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (2009), but marked a return to critical acclaim by playing Alan Raymond, one of the crew members working for Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini) on the 1970s groundbreaking documentary of the Loud family (Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, Thomas Dekker) in the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie "Cinema Verite" (HBO, 2011). Old friend Cameron Crowe did not forget about his young alter ego, casting Fugit in "We Bought a Zoo" (2011), also starring Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon and Elle Fanning.




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