Nick Nolte

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Nick Nolte
NickNolte(cannesPhotocall).jpg
Nolte at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
BornNicholas King Nolte
(1941-02-08) February 8, 1941 (age 73)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materArizona State University
OccupationActor
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Sheila Page (1966–70)
Sharyn Haddad (1978–83)
Rebecca Linger (1984–94)
Partner(s)Karen Louise Ecklund (1970–77)
Vicki Lewis (1994–2003)
Clytie Lane (2003–present)
Website
www.nicknolte.com
 
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Nick Nolte
NickNolte(cannesPhotocall).jpg
Nolte at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
BornNicholas King Nolte
(1941-02-08) February 8, 1941 (age 73)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materArizona State University
OccupationActor
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Sheila Page (1966–70)
Sharyn Haddad (1978–83)
Rebecca Linger (1984–94)
Partner(s)Karen Louise Ecklund (1970–77)
Vicki Lewis (1994–2003)
Clytie Lane (2003–present)
Website
www.nicknolte.com

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] His ancestry includes German, English, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and Swiss.[2][3] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Career[edit]

Modelling[edit]

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 Weaver[4]and they appeared on the packaging.

Acting career[edit]

Nolte as Tom Jordache in Rich Man, Poor Man

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.[citation needed]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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.

Legal troubles[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] 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."[9] 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.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1972Dirty Little BillyTown Gang LeaderUncredited
1973Electra Glide in BlueHippie KidUncredited
1975Return to Macon CountyBo Hollinger
1976Northville Cemetery MassacreChrisVoice
Uncredited
1977The DeepDavid Sanders
1978Who'll Stop the RainRay HicksNominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
1979North Dallas FortyPhillip ElliottNominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
1980Heart BeatNeal Cassady
1982Cannery RowDoc
48 Hrs.Jack Cates
1983Under FireRussell Price
1984TeachersAlex Jurel
1985Grace QuigleySeymour Flint
1986Down and Out in Beverly HillsJerry Baskin
1987Extreme PrejudiceJack Benteen
WeedsLee UmstetterNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1989Three FugitivesLucas
Farewell to the KingLearoyd
New York StoriesLionel Dobie
1990Everybody WinsTom O'Toole
Q&ACaptain Michael Brennan
Another 48 Hrs.Jack Cates
1991Cape FearSam Bowden
The Prince of TidesTom WingoBoston 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)
1992The Player(cameo)
Lorenzo's OilAugusto Odone
1994I'll Do AnythingMatt Hobbs
Blue ChipsPete Bell
I Love TroublePeter Brackett
1995Jefferson in ParisThomas Jefferson
1996Mulholland FallsMax Hoover
Mother NightHoward Campbell
1997AfflictionWade WhitehouseNational 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
NightwatchInspector Thomas Cray
AfterglowLucky Mann
U TurnJake McKenna
1998The Thin Red LineLt. Col. Gordon TallNominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1999Breakfast of ChampionsHarry Le Sabre
SimpaticoVincent Webb
2000The Golden BowlAdam Verver
TrixieSenator Drumond Avery
2002The Good ThiefBob Montagnet
2003HulkBrian "David" Banner/Absorbing Man
NorthforkFather Harlan
2004CleanAlbrecht Hauser
Hotel RwandaColonel OliverNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Beautiful CountrySteve
2005NeverwasT.L. Pierson
2006Over the HedgeVincentVoice
Off the BlackRay Cook
Paris, je t'aimeVincent (segment "Parc Monceau")
Quelques jours en septembreElliott
Peaceful WarriorSocrates
2007Chicago 10Thomas HoranVoice
2008The Mysteries of PittsburghJoe Bechstein
The Spiderwick ChroniclesMulgarath
Tropic ThunderJohn "Four Leaf" Tayback
2009Arcadia LostBenerji
2010My Own Love SongCaldwell
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty GaloreButchVoice
Replacing Alec Baldwin
2011ArthurBurt Johnson
ZookeeperBernie the GorillaVoice
WarriorPaddy ConlonSan 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
2012The Company You KeepDonal
2013Gangster SquadBill Parker
ParkerHurley
The Trials of Cate McCallBridgesPost-production
Hateship, LoveshipMr. McCauleyPost-production
2014NoahSamyaza

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1969Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorEpisode: The Feather Farm
1973GriffBilly RandolphEpisode: The Framing of Billy the Kid
CannonRon JohnsonEpisode: Arena of Fear
1974The Streets of San FranciscoCaptain Alan MelderEpisode: Crossfire
Emergency!FredEpisode: The Hard Hours
The RookiesTommyEpisode: The Teacher
TomaWallyEpisode: Friends of Danny Beecher
Chopper OneBobEpisode: The Hijacking
GunsmokeBarney AustinEpisode: The Tarnished Badge
Winter KillDave MichaelsTV movie
The California KidBuzz Stafford
1973–1974Medical CenterTank, Lou2 episodes
1974–1975Barnaby JonesMark Rainey, Paul Barringer2 episodes
1975Adams of Eagle LakeOfficer Jerry Troy2 episodes
1976Rich Man, Poor ManTom JordacheNominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
2011Ultimate RushNarratorVoice
2011–2012LuckWalter James Smith10 episodes
2014GracepointTBATelevision miniseries
Pre-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iowa State Records
  2. ^ To the brink and back | Film | The Guardian. Film.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
  3. ^ Nick Nolte – Biography
  4. ^ Nick Nolte as a Young Man & Male Model (Photos) + Rolex Watch Famewatcher.com. Retrieved on August 8, 2012
  5. ^ Nick Nolte « Southern Gaming. Southerngaming.com. Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
  6. ^ Nick Nolte, Q&A with Nick Nolte. Futuremovies.co.uk (March 10, 2008). Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Nick Nolte Charged With DUI. CBS News (October 24, 2002). Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
  9. ^ Nick Nolte: No Exit at the Internet Movie Database

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Awards
Preceded by
Patrick Swayze
People's Sexiest Man Alive
1992
Succeeded by
Brad Pitt