born on 8/2/1941 in Omaha, NE, United States
Nolte at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
|Born||Nicholas King Nolte
February 08 1941
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||Arizona State University|
|Spouse(s)||Sheila Page (196670)
Sharyn Haddad (197883)
Rebecca Linger (198494)
|Partner||Karen Louise Ecklund (197077)
Vicki Lewis (1994-2003)
Clytie Lane (2003present)
Nicholas King "Nick" Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an American actor. His films include The Deep (1977), 48 Hrs. (1982), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991), Cape Fear (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Affliction (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), Hulk (2003), The Good Thief (2003), and Warrior (2011). He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor.
Nolte was born Nicholas King Nolte in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 8, 1941. His mother, Helen (née King), was a department store buyer, and his father, Franklin Arthur Nolte, was a farmer's son who worked in irrigation pump sales, and who was a three-time letter winner in football at Iowa State University in 1929-30-31. His ancestry includes German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and Swiss. Nolte's maternal grandfather, Matthew Leander King, invented the hollow-tile silo and was prominent in early aviation. His maternal grandmother ran the student union at Iowa State University. He has an older sister, Nancy, who was an executive for the Red Cross.
Nolte went to Westside High School in Omaha, where he was the kicker on the football team. Nolte originally attended Benson High, but got kicked out for a fight and hiding beer before practice and then getting caught drinking it during a practice session.
He later attended Pasadena City College in southern California, and Arizona State University in Tempe (on a football scholarship); Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher; and Phoenix College in Phoenix. At Eastern Arizona, Nolte lettered in football as a tight end and defensive end, in basketball as a forward, and as a catcher on the baseball team. Poor grades eventually ended his studies, at which point his career in theatre began in earnest. While in college, Nolte worked for the Falstaff Brewery in Omaha.
After stints at the Pasadena Playhouse and The Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, Nolte spent several years traveling the country and working in regional theaters, among them the Old Log Theater in Minnesota, where he worked for three years.
Nolte was a model in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In one national magazine advertisement in 1972, he appeared in jeans and an open jean shirt for Clairol's "Summer Blonde" hair lightener sitting on a log next to a blonde Sigourney Weaverand they appeared on the packaging.
Nolte first gained national attention and critical acclaim for his performance in Rich Man, Poor Man, a 1976 television miniseries based on Irwin Shaw's 1970 best-selling novel. Since then he's appeared in more than 40 films, playing a wide variety of characters. Diversity of character, and his trademark athleticism and gravelly voice, are signatures of Nolte's career. In 1973 he appeared in Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff in the episode "Who Framed Billy the Kid?", in the role of Billy Randolph, a football player accused of murder. He co-starred alongside Andy Griffith in Winter Kill, a television film made as the pilot of a possible television series, and another one, Adams of Eagle Lake, but neither was picked up as a series.
Nolte's first major film role was The Deep in 1977 with Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Shaw. He followed this with Who'll Stop the Rain in 1978 and North Dallas Forty, based on the Peter Gent novel, in 1979. The 1982 buddy cop/convict film 48 Hrs. strongly bolstered his film career and made his co-star Eddie Murphy a box-office sensation. He continued starring in films throughout the 1980s, including Under Fire (1983) with Gene Hackman, Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) with Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler, Extreme Prejudice (1987) and New York Stories (1989) under the direction of Martin Scorsese. He began the 1990s working with Murphy again in the sequel Another 48 Hours. Nolte had perhaps his greatest box office success in 1991, starring in The Prince of Tides with Barbra Streisand, for which he received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Though he lost to Anthony Hopkins for The Silence of the Lambs, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama. That same year he starred in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear with Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange.
Nolte's solid work continued with Lorenzo's Oil (1992) with Susan Sarandon, Mulholland Falls (1996), and Afterglow (1997) for which his co-star Julie Christie received her third Academy Award nomination. He received his second Academy Award nomination the same year for his work in Affliction, but lost to Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful, but Nolte's co-star, James Coburn, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing the alcoholic father. That same year, Nolte starred in Terrence Malick's highly anticipated war epic The Thin Red Line as Colonel Tall.
Nolte continued to work in the 2000s, taking smaller parts in Clean and Hotel Rwanda, both performances received positive reviews. He also played supporting roles in the 2006 drama Peaceful Warrior and the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. In 2011, Nolte portrayed recovering alcoholic Paddy Conlon, dealing with his two estranged sons competing in an MMA tournament in the film Warrior, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He starred with Dustin Hoffman in the 2012 HBO TV series Luck, which in spite of being renewed for a second season after only one episode, was cancelled by HBO in March 2012 due to the death of three horses while filming.
Nolte has been married three times. His ex-wives are Sheila Page, Sharyn Haddad and Rebecca Linger, with whom he has a son named Brawley Nolte (born June 20, 1986). His son is also an actor, having been prominently featured as Mel Gibson's kidnapped son in Ransom. Nolte was also involved with Debra Winger and Vicki Lewis. On October 3, 2007, his longtime partner, Clytie Lane, gave birth to their daughter, Shanti. Nolte currently resides in Malibu, California. On October 6, 2008, a fire, which started from a computer printer, burned a section of his home. He escaped unharmed, but there was reportedly $1.5 million worth of damage.
In 1965, Nolte was arrested for selling counterfeit documents and was given a 45-year jail sentence and a $75,000 fine; however, the sentence was suspended. This felony conviction prevented him from being eligible to join the military at the time, he felt obliged to serve in the Vietnam War. As a result, Nolte says he felt incomplete as a young man for not going to Vietnam.
On September 11, 2002, Nolte was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Malibu. Three days later he checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for counseling. Tests later showed that he was under the influence of GHB. Nolte responded that he has "been taking it for four years and I've never been raped." On December 12, 2002, he pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence. He was given three years probation, with orders to undergo alcohol and drug counseling with random testing required. The mug shot from this incident has become infamous in popular culture as being particularly unattractive.
- 1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor, The Prince of Tides
- 1991 Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), The Prince of Tides
- 1992 Chosen as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive
- 1998 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor, Affliction
- 1998 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor, Affliction
- 2011 San Diego Film Critics Best Supporting Actor, Warrior
|1972||Dirty Little Billy||Town Gang Leader||Uncredited|
|1973||Electra Glide in Blue||Hippie Kid||Uncredited|
|1975||Return to Macon County||Bo Hollinger|
|1976||Northville Cemetery Massacre||Chris|| Voice
|1977||The Deep||David Sanders|
|1978||Who'll Stop the Rain||Ray Hicks||Nominated National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)|
|1979||North Dallas Forty||Phillip Elliott||Nominated National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
|1980||Heart Beat||Neal Cassady|
|48 Hrs.||Jack Cates|
|1983||Under Fire||Russell Price|
|1985||Grace Quigley||Seymour Flint|
|1986||Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Jerry Baskin|
|1987||Extreme Prejudice||Jack Benteen|
|Weeds||Lee Umstetter||Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama|
|Farewell to the King||Learoyd|
|New York Stories||Lionel Dobie|
|1990||Everybody Wins||Tom O'Toole|
|Q&A||Captain Michael Brennan|
|Another 48 Hrs.||Jack Cates|
|1991||Cape Fear||Sam Bowden|
|The Prince of Tides||Tom Wingo|| Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
|Lorenzo's Oil||Augusto Odone|
|1994||I'll Do Anything||Matt Hobbs|
|Blue Chips||Pete Bell|
|I Love Trouble||Peter Brackett|
|1995||Jefferson in Paris||Thomas Jefferson|
|1996||Mulholland Falls||Max Hoover|
|Mother Night||Howard Campbell|
|1997||Affliction||Wade Whitehouse|| National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
Nominated Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated Satellite Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
|Nightwatch||Inspector Thomas Cray|
|U Turn||Jake McKenna|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Lt. Col. Gordon Tall||Nominated Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1999||Breakfast of Champions||Harry Le Sabre|
|2000||The Golden Bowl||Adam Verver|
|Trixie||Senator Drumond Avery|
|2002||The Good Thief||Bob Montagnet|
|2003||Hulk||Brian "David" Banner/Absorbing Man|
|Hotel Rwanda||Colonel Oliver||Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|The Beautiful Country||Steve|
|2006||Over the Hedge||Vincent||Voice|
|Off the Black||Ray Cook|
|Paris, je t'aime||Vincent (segment "Parc Monceau")|
|Quelques jours en septembre||Elliott|
|2007||Chicago 10||Thomas Horan||Voice|
|2008||The Mysteries of Pittsburgh||Joe Bechstein|
|The Spiderwick Chronicles||Mulgarath|
|Tropic Thunder||John "Four Leaf" Tayback|
|2010||My Own Love Song||Caldwell|
|Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Butch|| Voice
Replacing Alec Baldwin
|Zookeeper||Bernie the Gorilla||Voice|
|Warrior||Paddy Conlon|| San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture
Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|2012||The Company You Keep||Donal|
|2013||Gangster Squad||Bill Parker|
|The Trials of Cate McCall||Bridges|
|Hateship, Loveship||Mr. McCauley|
|2014||Return to Sender||Post-Production|
|2014||A Walk in the Woods||Katz||Filming|
|1969||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Episode: The Feather Farm|
|1973||Griff||Billy Randolph||Episode: The Framing of Billy the Kid|
|Cannon||Ron Johnson||Episode: Arena of Fear|
|1974||The Streets of San Francisco||Captain Alan Melder||Episode: Crossfire|
|Emergency!||Fred||Episode: The Hard Hours|
|The Rookies||Tommy||Episode: The Teacher|
|Toma||Wally||Episode: Friends of Danny Beecher|
|Chopper One||Bob||Episode: The Hijacking|
|Gunsmoke||Barney Austin||Episode: The Tarnished Badge|
|Winter Kill||Dave Michaels||TV movie|
|The California Kid||Buzz Stafford|
|1973-1974||Medical Center||Tank, Lou||2 episodes|
|1974-1975||Barnaby Jones||Mark Rainey, Paul Barringer||2 episodes|
|1975||Adams of Eagle Lake||Officer Jerry Troy||2 episodes|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Tom Jordache||Nominated Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Television Series Drama
|2011-2012||Luck||Walter James Smith||10 episodes|
- Iowa State Records
- To the brink and back | Film | The Guardian. Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
- Nick Nolte Biography
- Nick Nolte as a Young Man & Male Model (Photos) + Rolex Watch Famewatcher.com. Retrieved on August 8, 2012
- Nick Nolte « Southern Gaming. Southerngaming.com. Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
- Nick Nolte, Q&A with Nick Nolte. Futuremovies.co.uk (March 10, 2008). Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
- Weekend Weirdness: An Intimate Doc on Nick Nolte; Who Killed Teddy Bear? in NYC; The House of the Devil on VHS | /Film. Slashfilm.com (January 24, 2010). Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
- Nick Nolte Charged With DUI. CBS News (October 24, 2002). Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
- Nick Nolte: No Exit at the Internet Movie Database
- Nick Nolte at the Internet Movie Database
- To the brink and back The Guardian, March 1, 2003.
- Spiderwick Chronicles Interview.
|Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama|
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