Alicia Witt

Actor, Pianist
An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1975 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

I'm Not Ready for Christmas 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Talking Dead 2016 (Tv Show)

Herself

The Walking Dead 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas at Cartwrights 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

House of Lies 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Librarians 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Snow Globe Christmas 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Merry Mix-up 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Away From Here 2014 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Justified 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kingdom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playdate 2014 (Movie)

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The Bronx Bull 2014 (Movie)

Denise Baker (Actor)

Betrayal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Turkey 2013 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

I Do 2013 (Movie)

Mya Edwards (Actor)

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

Cowgirls 'N Angels 2012 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Backyard Wedding 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Bending the Rules 2011 (Movie)

Rosalyn Wohl (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Peep World 2011 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

The Pond 2011 (Movie)

Shelly (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1994 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Californication 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night Lights 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joint Body 2010 (Movie)

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88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

Kim Cummings (Actor)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Ms. Burns (Actor)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

Hadley Wolfmeyer (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

10 Tiny Love Stories 2002 (Movie)

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Confessions of an American Girl 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Weeks Notice 2002 (Movie)

June Carter (Actor)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Libby (Actor)

Canned Ham: Cecil B. Demented 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Cherish (Actor)

Playing Mona Lisa 2000 (Movie)

Claire Goldstein (Actor)

The Sopranos 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bongwater 1998 (Movie)

Serena (Actor)

Urban Legend 1998 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

Cheryl Stoney (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Kiva (Actor)

Fun 1995 (Movie)

Bonnie (Actor)

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

Gertrude Lang (Actor)

Bodies, Rest and Motion 1993 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Hotel Room 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Liebestraum 1991 (Movie)

Girl in Dream (Actor)

Dune 1984 (Movie)

Alia (Actor)

Blue Smoke (TV Show)

Actor

Passion's Way (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Vonnie (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

An enormously gifted actress-musician, Alicia Witt was a child prodigy who caught the eye of David Lynch, who gave her small but memorable roles in "Dune" (1984) and "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Already established as a minor celebrity for her precocious genius, Witt became a world-class pianist and supported herself as a lounge performer while pursuing an acting career. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and honored by the Sundance Film Festival for her startling turn as a teenage murderer in "Fun" (1994), Witt notched small roles in "Four Rooms" (1995) and "Citizen Ruth" (1996), but broke out as Cybill Shepherd's dry-witted daughter Zoey on "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98). Dividing her post-"Cybill" time between film and television, Witt scored large roles in "Urban Legend" (1998) and "Cecil B. DeMented" (2000), while also booking high-profile guest spots on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). In addition to enjoying an acclaimed theatrical career, Witt continued to line up supporting film roles, including in the hits "Two Weeks Notice" (2002) and "Last Holiday" (2006), recurred on such TV shows as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-07; USA Network, 2007-2011), and began performing her own music, releasing an acclaimed debut EP, <i>Alicia Witt</i> in 2009. With so many impressive artistic talents, Alicia Witt built a multi-hyphenate career that inspired many critics and fans to hope such an evolved artist would achieve even greater renown.

Relationships

Ian Witt

Brother

Peter Krause Actor

Companion
Co-starred on "Cybill" (CBS) Dated c. 1995-98 No longer together

Robert Witt

Father

Diane Witt

Mother
Noted from 1988-93 in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest hair no longer holds record

EDUCATION

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Studied piano; won several national and international classical piano competitions

Home-schooled by parents; received high school diploma at age 14

Milestones

2009

Will join the third season of "Californication" (Showtime) as a sexy gynecologist

2008

Co-starred with Al Pacino for the thriller, "88 Minutes"

2007

Joined the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC/USA) for the 2007-08 season as Det. Nola Falacci

2006

Cast opposite Queen Latifah in the comedy "Last Holiday"

2005

Portrayed Joan Allen's daughter in "The Upside of Anger" a film by Mike Binder; screened at sundance

2002

Played Hugh Grant's girlfriend June in the romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice"

2001

Appeared as Libby in Cameron Crowe's "Vanilla Sky"

2000

Played a porn actress in the John Waters comedy "Cecil B. Demented"

2000

Starred as a pianist whose rejected by a competiton results in a breakdown in the feature "Playing Mona Lisa"

2000

Had a recurring role as Hope Mercey in the FOX dramedy "Ally McBeal"

2000

Guest starred as a film-industry d-girl on HBO's acclaimed drama "The Sopranos"

2000

Made musical stage debut in L.A. production of "The Gift"; played an exotic dancer

1999

Starred with Sela Ward and Timothy Dalton as part of the 1900s-set love triangle-themed TV-movie "Passion's Way"

1998

Was part of the ensemble of the college campus-set horror thriller "Urban Legend"

1998

Was featured in the Los Angeles Film Independent Film Festival-screened feature "Bongwater"

1996

Played the daughter of a pro-life activist couple in Alexander Payne's satirical "Citizen Ruth"

1995

Featured as a red-dreadlocked lesbian witch in the Alison Anders-directed segment of the feature "Four Rooms"

1995

Starred as a budding clarinet player in "Mr. Holland's Opus"; learned how to play the clarinet for the part

1995

Cast as Zoey Woodbine, the rebellious, disagreeable younger daughter of the title character, in "Cybill" (CBS)

1994

Featured in the CBS TV-movie "The Disappearance of Vonnie"

1994

Starred as a teenage murderer in the acclaimed independent feature "Fun"

1993

Appeared in a 1936-set segment of the David Lynch anthology film "Hotel Room" (HBO)

1993

First adult role in features, "Bodies, Rest & Motion"

1991

Appeared in the Mike Figgis drama "Liebestraum"; played Liszt's title piece

1990

Moved to California

1990

TV acting debut, on an episode of the David Lynch series "Twin Peaks" (ABC)

1984

Made acting debut at age nine when David Lynch cast her in "Dune"

1982

Began studying piano at age seven

1979

First TV appearance, reciting Shakespeare on ABC's "That's Incredible"

Earned a living playing piano at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Bonus Trivia

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Alicia Witt on her early entry into Hollywood: "This industry is different from any other where you go to college for four years and then to graduate school and then everybody else in your league is at the same point, starting out at 26. When I got out here at 16 there were already girls my age who'd get parts because they had a name. You have to start moving as soon as you can, I think, as soon as you know what it is you want to go for." - quoted in Movieline magazine, October 1998

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Witt is a classically trained pianist who won 16 first prizes in national and state level competitions over seven years.

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Witt on her "Cybill" (CBS) character: "My life was so different than Zoey's. I didn't have a typical teenage experience. It was bizarre, but bizarre in a good way." - quoted to TV Guide, July 27, 1996

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