Actor J.P. Pitoc made an auspicious film debut portraying a dancer in Jim Fall's “Trick” (1999). He has since acted in such films as “In the Weeds” (2000), “Thank You, Good Night” (2001), “Just Can't Get Enough” (2001), “Shoot or Be Shot” (2002) and “Species III” (2004, video). In addition, he has appeared in a number of TV series, including “Six Feet Under” (4 episodes, 2002-2003), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2002), “Cold Case” (2003), “Ghost Whisperer” (2 episodes, 2006-2007) and “Grey's Anatomy” (2009). Upcoming projects include providing the voice of Colonel Kernel in the film “The Wild Bunch,” which will include the voices of actors Willem Defoe, Abigail Breslin and Elizabeth Hurley, to name a few.
Childhood and Family:
John Paul Pitoc was born on March 5, 1974, in Queens (New York City), New York, to a Colombian mother and a father who is of Hungarian lineage. He graduated from Xavier High School in New York City in 1992, where he was the vice president of his class. He went on to receive a BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1996. John also trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory.
Six Feet Under
J. P. Pitoc performed in the New York theatre productions before making his film debut portraying Mark, an exotic dancer in a gay bar, in the popular independent movie “Trick,” opposite Christian Campbell and Tori Spelling. Directed by Jim Fall and written by Jason Schafer, the film received a Reader Jury Award at the 1999 Berlin International Festival, a Special Programming Committee Award for Outstanding Emerging Talent at the 1999 L.A. Outfest, a Grand Jury Prize-Dramatic nomination at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and a Golden Satellite nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical (Spelling). The next year, he landed the supporting role of Chris in the romantic comedy “In the Weeds” (2000), which was written and directed by Michael Rauch and starred Joshua Leonard, Molly Ringwald and Ellen Pompeo.
Pitoc next starred as Donnie in “Thank You, Good Night” (2001), a movie directed and co-written by D. Charles Griffith. Costars of the film included Christian Campbell, Sally Kirkland, Mark Hamill, Edward Singletary, Roberto Raad and Lara Wickes. He was next cast as Winston in Dan Clark's “Shooting LA” (2001), alongside Guilford Adams, David Askew, Raymundo Baltazar, Seamus Dever, Gye Di Capua and Lillian Hurst, and starred as Clayton, opposite Jonathan Aube as Chad and Shelley Malil as Steve, in “Just Can't Get Enough” (2001), a film adapted from a story about a male dancer. The same year, he appeared in the video short “Porno Outtakes,” by Johanna Stein, and made his TV episode debut in the David E. Kelley drama “Boston Public,” where he played the role of Raymond Nunn in the episode “Chapter Fourteen” (2001).
Pitoc appeared as Michelangelo in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” called “Revenge Is Best Served Cold” (2002) and portrayed Hector in “Shoot or Be Shot” (2002), a comedy film co-scripted and directed by J. Randall Argue. It was also that year that the actor made his first appearance in the HBO drama “Six Feet Under.” In the series, he played the recurring role of crematory attendant Phil in the episodes “The Last Time” (2002), “Perfect Circles,” “You Never Know” and “The Eye Inside” (all 2003). In 2003, Pitoc also appeared in episodes of “Miss Match” (episode “Who's Your Daddy”), “NYPD Blue” (episode “Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax”) and “Cold Case” (episode “Sherry Darlin'”).
In 2004, Pitoc worked with Sunny Mabrey, Robin Dunne, Robert Knepper and Amelia Cooke in the direct to video “Species III,” the third film in the “Species” movie series, directed by Brad Turner. He also guest starred as Max Cole in the episode “Lost and Found” of the NBC short lived series “Hawaii.” In 2005, he appeared as Kirk Hammond in an episode of NBC's “Crossing Jordan” called “Under the Weather.”
Pitoc was cast as Jared in an episode of the hit supernatural series “Ghost Whisperer” titled “The Curse of the Ninth” (2006). He reprised the role in the 2007 episode “The Collector.” In 2007, he also portrayed Drew Harper in an episode of “Bones” named “The Boneless Bride in the River.” 2008 saw Pitoc in episodes of “Numb3rs” (as 2BY4) and “CSI: Miami” (as Tim Erickson). He then appeared as Billy Sheehan in an episode of “Grey's Anatomy” called “Invasion” and Darius Langley in an episode of “Castle” called “The Fifth Bullet” (both 2009).
Pitoc is set to portray Colonel Kernel in the upcoming animated film “The Wild Bunch,” which is scheduled to be released in 2012. The film will also feature voices from Abigail Breslin, Willem Dafoe and Elizabeth Hurley.