Pruitt Taylor Vince was born on July 5, 1960, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University. Due to a computer error during registration in high school, he was mistakenly scheduled in an acting class. Since then, he has remained an actor. He debuted in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law and played prominent supporting roles in several major films, including Mississippi Burning, JFK, Nobody's Fool, and The Legend of 1900. Vince however, had his first lead role in Heavy, an independent film by James Mangold, where he played the role of a sweet, silent overweight cook who had a crush on a waitress. In his acting career, Vince has played the role of both a hero and a villain, like playing the role of a lovable small town pub owner in Beautiful Girls and a serial killer with multiple personalities in Identity. In 1997, he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama series for his role as serial killer Clifford Banks.