- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

VENICE, Fla. (AP) - In Hollywood, he may forever be known as the “O-face” guy.

But now, Greg Pitts is trying to make a new name for himself in Southwest Florida real estate.

The actor - famous for an unforgettable scene in the cult comedy “Office Space” - recently moved back to his hometown of Venice to follow in the footsteps of his family and begin a second career as a Realtor.

From the conference center in his brokerage - just a block from the beach, with views of the shops and cafes that line Venice Avenue - Pitts said it was time for a change. Real estate just felt right.

“I knew I always wanted to come back, at a bare minimum to buy a second home here,” Pitts said, wearing a Coldwell Banker name tag on his white business shirt. “For me, acting became a little less satisfying as a career because I didn’t feel engaged enough.”

Pitts was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1970 - growing up in the Sorrento Shores community that his grandfather developed. His father runs a real estate business - which his brother later joined - in Osprey.

Pitts remembers answering the phones, riding tractors to clear land at Sorrento Shores and hand painting every single fire hydrant in the subdivision to meet a new safety code - twice because he had the color wrong.

He had an early knack for real estate, but a passion for the stage.

His father was involved with community theater, prompting Pitts to take his first acting class while a senior at Venice High School.

But it was while Pitts was dozing off in college business lectures that he realized his hobby was instead a calling. He swapped suits and briefcases for dreams of the stage and cameras.

After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in theater in 1992, he moved to Hollywood with $1,100.

He did work for a traveling Wild West show, a gig that remains one of his favorites. He performed with the Groundlings, a comedy troupe whose alumni includes Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin and Kristen Wiig.

Pitts also worked at a Blockbuster video store, at the House of Blues and as a production assistant, sometimes changing clothes in his car between shifts at all three jobs in a single day.

In his scarce free time, Pitts would scour production magazines - sending headshots and a noticeably empty resume to every opening he could find.

With gigs few and far between, Pitts and 10 of his fellow actors wrote their own screenplay for a small Hollywood venue called Theatre Theatre that’s now home to a car rental company.

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