|Born||Alessandro Antine Nivola
June 28, 1972
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Emily Mortimer (2003–present)|
Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor, who has appeared in feature films such as Coco Before Chanel, Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, and the first two films of the Goal! trilogy.
Early life 
Nivola was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, Virginia (née Davis), is an artist, and his father, Pietro Salvatore Nivola, is a professor of political science who wrote the book Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America. Nivola's paternal grandfather was the italian sculptor Costantino Nivola, and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Guggenheim, was a Jewish refugee from Germany. Nivola has described his mother as "a WASP, from the South", and has stated that she is a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He has a brother, Adrian, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy.
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Nivola began his acting career while still an undergraduate at Yale, landing the leading role in a Seattle production of Athol Fugard's Master Harold...and the Boys. After college, Nivola debuted on Broadway in 1995 as the young lover of Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country. The next year he appeared in the 1996 NBC miniseries Danielle Steel's The Ring and landed his first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in Inventing the Abbotts before being cast as Nicolas Cage's paranoid sociopath brother in John Woo's Face/Off (both in 1997).
Nivola adopted an English accent to play a mystery man from former girlfriend Rachel Weisz's past in I Want You (1998), directed by Michael Winterbottom. He then appeared in the thriller Best Laid Plans and again as an Englishman in Patricia Rozema's screen version of the Jane Austen novel, Mansfield Park, both in 1999. He played a rock singer involved with his record producer, played by Frances McDormand, in the film Laurel Canyon. Nivola was one of the faces for the GAP's 2002 Ads campaign "For Every Generation".
Nivola trained hard for the filming of the Goal! trilogy, and has picked up a lot of skill and pace and was commended for his sudden burst of talent by the directors of Goal! 2. In the film Coco avant Chanel, Nivola again played an Englishman and learned to speak French for the role.
Personal life 
Nivola married British actress Emily Mortimer in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire in January 2003; the couple have a son, Samuel John, born in Westminster, London, on September 23, 2003. They also have a daughter, May Rose, born on January 15, 2010. They live in Brooklyn, New York.
|1997||Face/Off||Pollux Troy||Nominated - Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor in an Action/Adventure Film|
|Inventing the Abbotts||Peter Vanlaningham|
|1998||I Want You||Martin|
|Reach the Rock||Robin|
|1999||Best Laid Plans||Nick|
|Mansfield Park||Henry Crawford|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||King Ferdinand of Navarre|
|2001||Jurassic Park III||Billy Brennan|
|Laurel Canyon||Ian McKnight||Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
|2004||The Clearing||Tim Hayes|
|The Sisters||Andrew Prior|
|Turning Green||Bill the Bookie|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Ad Exec|
|2007||Grace Is Gone||John Phillips|
|Goal! 2: Living the Dream||Gavin Harris|
|The Girl in the Park||Chris|
|2008||The Eye||Dr. Paul Faulkner|
|Five Dollars a Day||Ritchie Flynn Parker|
|Who Do You Love?||Leonard Chess|
|2009||Coco Before Chanel||Arthur 'Boy' Capel|
|Janie Jones||Ethan Brand|
|2012||Ginger & Rosa||Roland|
|1996||Remember WENN||Paul Rice||Episode: Valentino Speaks!|
|1998||The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery||Doug||TV-Movie|
|2007||The Company||Leo Kritzky||Miniseries|
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