Every movie about a small town needs an eccentric mayor character. That’s where the legendary Jeff Wincott comes in!
His face is familiar: the bad guy, the detective, the Mafia “Don”. Yes, that is the Jeff Wincott who has graced the big and small screen for 30 plus years. He has been in over 130 TV shows and 30 films as well as theater. He studied in New York with Stella Adler, Michael Kahn, and Eli Rill before landing his first TV role and film roles.
His big break came when he won the part of the Italian, hot-headed rookie, Detective Frank Giambone, in the TV series Night Heat (1984-1989) with Scott Hylands, Alan Royal and producer Sonny Grosso, whose life was portrayed in The French Connection. Night Heat was nominated 22 times and Jeff received a nomination for a Primetime Gemini Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Night Heat won the Gemini Award seven times including Best Dramatic Series in 1986 and 1987.
He continued to stay busy for decades. Director Clark Johnson featured Jeff as SWAT sniper Ed Taylor in the film S.W.A.T. (2003) with Samuel Jackson and Colin Farrell. Wincott guest starred on the TV series JAG (2003), 24 (2003) with Kiefer Sutherland and NCIS (2005) with Mark Harmon. He played the ruthless drug leader Leo, in the independent film Lake City (2006) with Sissy Spacek and Drea de Matteo. Then he appeared in the film The Invasion (2007), starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Wincott had a cameo in the final episode of the TV series The Wire (2007) playing undercover officer Johnny Weaver. Director Tony Scott (Top Gun, True Romance) featured him with Denzel Washington in the film Unstoppable (2009) as Chris Pine’s older brother, Jesse. Jeff guest starred with Jim Caviezel as the corrupt Lieutenant Gilmore on the TV show Person of Interest (2011) and Griffin Dunne directed him in The Good Wife (2012) with Julianna Margulies.
A skilled martial artist, Jeff’s true passion is in this arena. He has played numerous detectives, serial killers, mobsters and more. He even played the head of the Mafia in “Sons of Anarchy”, Jimmy Cucuzzia. He had a recurring role as Detective Lucas in the HBO Miniseries “The Night Of” starring John Turturro. He currently has two films in post-production: #Like and Bolden, both set to be released this year.
Jeff is also a writer, director, and photographer. He is a devoted father and husband who celebrates life and sobriety every day.