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Patrick Fugit

Patrick Fugit
Fugit in November 2006
Born Patrick Raymond Fugit
(1982-10-27) October 27, 1982
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Patrick Raymond Fugit (born October 27, 1982) is an American actor best known for his performance in the lead role of Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous. He also had a supporting role in the 2014 film Gone Girl.


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Making his acting debut in a school production while in the seventh grade (he played the shoemaker in The Twelve Dancing Princesses), Fugit pursued an acting career and landed guest roles on episodes of Promised Land and Touched by an Angel (both from CBS) in 1998. That same year, he was a meal for hungry insects in the Fox television movie Legion of Fire: Killer Ants. Work in the more mild-mannered Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (CBS) followed in 2000.

Fugit became much more widely known when he was cast in the starring role in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, playing a young rock-fan-turned-reporter. He later claimed that his knowledge of 1970s rock music was nil ("I actually thought Led Zeppelin was one person"). Fugit's performance was widely praised. Before Almost Famous was released, he auditioned for the title role in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko. The role eventually went to Jake Gyllenhaal.

Fugit later played a sweetly geeky, aspiring comic book artist in White Oleander (2002) and a naive drug addict in the indie dark comedy Spun (2003). His next film, Saved! (2004), was a satirical look at the religious right in high school. Fugit played the cool young pastor's skateboarding son and love interest to a pregnant, once-popular teen (Jena Malone) who must re-evaluate her moral positions.

In 2005, he co-starred in The Amateurs, an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno. In the 2006 film, Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas, his love interest was Olivia Wilde of the television series House, M.D., where Fugit had a guest star appearance. In 2007, he co-starred with Shannyn Sossamon in Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Fugit portrayed the role of a snake boy, Evra Von, in the movie Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, released on October 23, 2009.

In November 2010, Fugit signed on to Cameron Crowe's adaptation of Benjamin Mee's We Bought a Zoo, which was released in December 2011.[1]

In 2014, Fugit co-starred in Gone Girl, playing the role of Officer James Gilpin.

Personal life

Fugit was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His mother, Jan Clark-Fugit, is a dance teacher, and his father, Bruce Fugit, is an electrical engineer.[2][3] Fugit is the oldest of three children; he has a younger sister, Jocelyn, and a younger brother, Colin. In high school, Fugit was diagnosed with ADHD while a student at East High School in Salt Lake City.[3]

Fugit has been an avid skateboarder since he was 15.[3] In the film Saved!, the character of Patrick was originally supposed to be a surfer. But when Fugit was cast, the character was changed to a skateboarder because of Fugit's skateboarding experience.[4]

Fugit formed the Salt Lake City band "Mushman" with best friend David Fetzer, by "accident". The band can best be described as a blend of folk and rock. Fugit plays the guitar and sometimes sings.[5] Fugit is also studying flamenco guitar, which he can be heard playing on the Cavedoll song "MAYDAY" and his song "Brennan's Theme" in Wristcutters: A Love Story at the end of the movie.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Almost Famous William Miller
2002 Spun Frisbee
2002 White Oleander Paul Trout
2004 Saved! Patrick
2004 Dead Birds Sam
2005 The Amateurs Emmett Alternative title: The Moguls
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Zia
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Bickford Shmeckler
2007 The Good Life Andrew
2009 Horsemen Cory
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Evra the Snake Boy
2011 Cinema Verite Alan Raymond TV Movie
2011 We Bought a Zoo Robin Jones
2012 Thanks for Sharing Danny
2013 A Night With Little Richard The Douche Short
2013 Reckless David Harrison
2014 Gone Girl Officer James Gilpin
2014 The List Alex Post-production
2014 The Thrill Is On Michael Zanetis In production
2015 Queen of Earth
Year Title Role Notes
1997, 1998 Touched by an Angel Boy #1 / Joey Episode: Nothing But Net
Episode: Only Connect
1998 Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! Scott Blount TV Movie
1999 Stray Dog Duncan TV Movie
2001 MADtv William Miller Episode: 6.19
2003 ER Sean Simmons 3 episodes
2005 Everything You Want Customer TV movie; alternate title: Love Surreal
2006 House, M.D. Jack Walters Episode: Whac-A-Mole
2016 Outcast Kyle Barnes Lead Role


  1. ^ Punch Drunk Critics. Punch Drunk Critics (2010–11). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  2. ^ Patrick Fugit Biography – Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  3. ^ a b c Saved Movie – Patrick Fugit and Heather Matarazzo Interview. (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  4. ^ Saved Movie – Patrick Fugit and Heather Matarazzo Interview. (2012-04-13). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  5. ^ Mushman – SALT LAKE CITY, US – Indie / Folk Rock – Retrieved on 2012-05-06.
  6. ^ Cavedoll on iTunes – SALT LAKE CITY, US – Indie Rock. (2008-03-11). Retrieved on 2012-05-06.

External links

  • Patrick Fugit at the Internet Movie Database
  • Mushman on MySpace Patrick Fugit's band
  • Patrick Fugit playing flamenco guitar with Cavedoll Patrick Fugit on iTunes
  • Cavedoll on Myspace Mushman bassist, Camden Chamberlain's band
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