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Tracy Letts is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 4 july 1965 at Tulsa (USA)

Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts
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Nationality USA
Birth 4 july 1965 (53 years) at Tulsa (USA)
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Tracy Letts (born July 4, 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter and actor who received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County and a Tony Award for his portrayal of George in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

He wrote the screenplays of three films adapted from his own plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, and August: Osage County, directed by John Wells. He is also known for his ongoing portrayal of Andrew Lockhart in seasons 3 and 4 of Showtime's Homeland, for which he has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards as a member of the ensemble.

Biography

Letts was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to best-selling author Billie Letts (née Gipson) and the late college professor and actor Dennis Letts. His brother Shawn is a jazz musician and composer. He also has a brother Dana. Letts was raised in Durant, Oklahoma and graduated from Durant High School in the early 1980s. He moved to Dallas, where he waited tables and worked in telemarketing while starting as an actor. He acted in Jerry Flemmons' O Dammit!, which was part of a new playwrights series sponsored by Southern Methodist University.

Letts moved to Chicago at the age of 20, and worked for the next 11 years at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Famous Door. He is still an active member of Steppenwolf today. He was a founding member of Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre, whose members included Greg Kotis (Tony Award-winner for Urinetown), Michael Shannon (Academy Award-nominee for Revolutionary Road), Paul Dillon, and Amy Pietz. In 1991, Letts wrote the play Killer Joe. Two years later, the play premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Chicago, followed by the 29th Street Rep in NYC. Since then, Killer Joe has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 languages.

His mother Billie Letts, also a writer, has said of his work, "I try to be upbeat and funny. Everybody in Tracy's stories gets naked or dead." Letts' plays have been about people struggling with moral and spiritual questions. He says he was inspired by the plays of Tennessee Williams and the novels of William Faulkner and Jim Thompson. Letts considers sound to be a very strong storytelling tool for theater.

Best films

The Post (2018)
(Actor)
Lady Bird (2017)
(Actor)
August: Osage County (2013)
(Author)

Usually with

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2 films)
James Schamus
James Schamus
(1 films)
Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes
(1 films)
Gina Gershon
Gina Gershon
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tracy Letts (16 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

The Post
The Post (2018)
, 1h56
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about journalists
Actors Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford
Roles Fritz Beebe
Rating71% 3.5978653.5978653.5978653.5978653.597865
En 1965, l'analyste Daniel Ellsberg se rend sur le front de la guerre du Viêt Nam pour y observer l'avancement des troupes américaines, pour le compte du secrétaire à la Défense, Robert McNamara. En 1971, Daniel Ellsberg travaille désormais pour RAND Corporation. Il décide de photocopier secrètement des rapports sur le progrès du conflit au Viêt Nam, depuis la présidence de Harry S. Truman à 1967, révélant le double discours des différentes administrations américaines sur les chances de victoire des États-Unis au Vietnam. Les gouvernements successifs ont ainsi caché au peuple américain la réalité de l'enlisement du conflit. Daniel Ellsberg divulgue alors des informations au New York Times. Le journal est cependant mis en garde par la justice, sous la pression du président Richard Nixon, sur les conséquences de la publication d'informations nationales classées secrètes. D'abord sur la touche, le Washington Post va récupérer le scoop grâce à la motivation de son rédacteur en chef, Benjamin Bradlee. Ce dernier va inciter la directrice du journal, Katharine Graham, à publier les fameux Pentagon Papers. Mais cette dernière doit aussi faire face à son conseil d'administration et à la future entrée en bourse de son journal. Le film s'achève sur l'arrêt de la Cour Suprême New York Times Co. v. United States, dans lequel les équipes du Washington Post s'alignent avec celles du New York Times parmi les parties convoquées, ce qui ouvre la voie sur la scène finale, montrant le Watergate de nuit, théâtre du scandale du Watergate, démarré en 1972 et qui mettra fin à la présidence Nixon en 1974.
Lady Bird
Lady Bird (2017)
, 1h33
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children
Actors Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein
Roles Larry McPherson
Rating74% 3.748023.748023.748023.748023.74802
Christine « Lady Bird » McPherson vit avec sa famille à Sacramento en Californie et fréquente un lycée catholique. À l'approche de ses 18 ans, elle cherche à s'émanciper d'une existence qui lui semble trop étroite et d'une ville qui lui déplait.
Elvis & Nixon, 1h26
Directed by Cary Elwes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Historical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Musical films, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon, Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Tracy Letts
Roles John Finlator
Rating63% 3.1946853.1946853.1946853.1946853.194685
On the morning of December 21, 1970, actor-singer Elvis Presley shows up to the White House and requests for an urgent meeting with President Richard Nixon, to swear him in as an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Wiener-Dog
Wiener-Dog (2016)

Directed by Todd Solondz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs
Actors Greta Gerwig, Brie Larson, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, Zosia Mamet, Danny DeVito
Roles Danny
Rating58% 2.9487352.9487352.9487352.9487352.948735
Le portrait d’un teckel et de tous ceux auxquels il apportera un bref instant de bonheur.
Indignation
Directed by James Schamus
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Danny Burstein, Linda Emond, Tracy Letts, Ben Rosenfield
Roles Dean Caudwell
Rating67% 3.397523.397523.397523.397523.39752
En 1951, Marcus quitte son New Jersey natal pour aller étudier dans une université conservatrice de l'Ohio, où il fait face à la répression sexuelle et l'antisémitisme.
Imperium
Imperium (2016)
, 1h49
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Politic
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell, Burn Gorman, Nestor Carbonell
Roles Dallas Wolf
Rating64% 3.24913.24913.24913.24913.2491
An FBI agent goes under cover to disrupt a local terrorist group's effort to make a dirty bomb.
Christine
Christine (2016)
, 1h59
Directed by Antonio Campos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, J. Smith-Cameron, Maria Dizzia, Kim Shaw
Roles Michael
Rating68% 3.448173.448173.448173.448173.44817
L'histoire vraie de la journaliste et animatrice de télévision américaine Christine Chubbuck qui, le 15 juillet 1974, lors de son émission Suncoast Digest sur la chaine locale de Sarasota en Floride, se suicida en direct en se tirant une balle dans la tête.
The Big Short, 2h10
Directed by Adam McKay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism
Actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan
Roles Lawrence Fields
Rating77% 3.896593.896593.896593.896593.89659
En 2005, à Wall Street, au milieu des grandes banques, des médias et du gouvernement aveugles, quatre outsiders découvrent la bulle immobilière et l'opacité de son financement. Par l'analyse et l'enquête sur le terrain ils rejettent l'idéologie et l'optimisme écrasants de leur milieu. Ils sont les seuls à se positionner dans le sens de la débâcle qui leur apparaît certaine.
Guinevere
Guinevere (1999)
, 1h44
Directed by Paul Dooley, Audrey Wells
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Stephen Rea, Sarah Polley, Jean Smart, Gina Gershon, Paul Dooley, Carrie Preston
Roles Zack
Rating60% 3.000853.000853.000853.000853.00085
Sarah Polley plays Harper Sloane, a misfit in her snobbish and upperclass family, who has just gotten accepted to Harvard. At her sister's wedding, after being sent out from her hiding place in the storage room with a bottle of champagne, she meets Connie Fitzpatrick (Rea), a bohemian photographer who takes an instant liking to her and nicknames her "Guinevere". Her visit to his flat in order to pick up the wedding photographs soon blossoms into a full-blown affair, and Harper eventually moves in with Connie as he instructs her in the ways of art, in particular photography.
U.S. Marshals, 2h11
Directed by Stuart Baird
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano, Kate Nelligan, Daniel Roebuck
Roles Sheriff Poe
Rating64% 3.249293.249293.249293.249293.24929
Two Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents are killed while trying to intercept a briefcase exchange taking place in a parking garage. The murders are caught on a CCTV camera, but the criminal escapes with top secret information.
Chicago Cab, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Paul Dillon, John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Moira Harris, Gillian Anderson, Michael Ironside
Roles Sports Fan
Rating65% 3.2983653.2983653.2983653.2983653.298365
The film follows an unnamed taxi driver (played by Paul Dillon) over one day in Chicago. More than 30 passengers enter his taxi throughout the course of the film, providing snippets into their lives. Among the actors giving cameo appearances are Gillian Anderson, John Cusack, Laurie Metcalf, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Michael Shannon, Michael Ironside, and Reggie Hayes.
Straight Talk, 1h31
Directed by Barnet Kellman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen, John Sayles, Teri Hatcher
Roles Sean (voice)
Rating57% 2.8529352.8529352.8529352.8529352.852935
Shirlee Kenyon is a down-home country girl who, through a series of mistakes, is hired as a radio talk show host. Her show is wildly successful but her success is based on the lie that she is actually a clinical psychologist. She has to learn that giving advice and following it can be harder than she thought.
Paramedics
Paramedics (1988)
, 1h30
Directed by Stuart Margolin
Origin USA
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors George Newbern, Christopher McDonald, Lydie Denier, John P. Ryan, James Noble, John Pleshette
Roles Van Owner
Rating43% 2.1920252.1920252.1920252.1920252.192025
When this group of rowdy and raunchy, laid-back medics are transferred from their cushy uptown district to the rough south-end, they find plenty of trouble when they discover the tough guys are playing a "corpses-for-dollars" scam and they want to crack the case.

Scriptwriter

August: Osage County, 2h10
Directed by John Wells
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper
Roles Author
Rating71% 3.598463.598463.598463.598463.59846
The title designates time and location: an unusually hot August in a rural area outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard), an alcoholic, once-noted poet, interviews and hires a young native American woman Johnna (Misty Upham) as a live-in cook and caregiver for his strong-willed and contentious wife Violet (Meryl Streep), who is suffering from oral cancer and addiction to narcotics. Shortly after this, he disappears from the house, and Violet calls her sister and daughters for support. Her sister Mattie Fae (Margo Martindale) arrives with husband Charles Aiken (Chris Cooper). Violet's middle daughter Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) is single and the only one living locally; Barbara (Julia Roberts), her oldest, who has inherited her mother's mean streak, arrives from Colorado with her husband Bill (Ewan McGregor) and 14-year-old daughter Jean (Abigail Breslin). Barbara and Bill are separated, but they put up a united front for Violet.
Killer Joe
Killer Joe (2011)
, 1h43
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime, Black comedy
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church, Marc Macaulay
Rating66% 3.3490053.3490053.3490053.3490053.349005
In West Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith (Hirsch), desperate to pay his debt to loan sharks, decides to murder his mother, Adele, to collect the $50,000 of insurance money. He has been told by his mother's boyfriend Rex that the sole beneficiary will be Chris' younger sister Dottie (Temple). Assuming Dottie would share any money she gets with them, Chris manages to rope his dim-witted father Ansel (Haden Church) into a conspiracy to kill Adele – who is Ansel's ex-wife – to get the money. Chris also enlists the help of Joe Cooper (McConaughey), a police detective who has a side career as a contract killer. Ansel plans to split the money four ways between themselves, Dottie, and Ansel's new wife Sharla (Gershon). Dottie hears the plan as they are talking, and agrees that it's a good idea.