Alessandro Nivola

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Alessandro Nivola
Born Alessandro Antine Nivola
(1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 42)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other names Sandro
Alma mater Phillips Exeter Academy
Yale University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Emily Mortimer (2003–present)
Children Samuel Nivola
May Nivola

Alessandro Antine[1] Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor and producer, who has starred in feature films such as American Hustle and Face/Off.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3][4][5] Nivola's paternal grandfather was the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola, and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Guggenheim,[6] was a Jewish refugee from Germany.[7] Nivola has described his mother as "a WASP, from the South",[8][9] and has stated that she is a relative of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.[10] He has a brother, Adrian, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University.


Nivola earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his first performance on the New York stage in the 1995 Broadway production of A Month In The Country opposite Helen Mirren.

Since then he has starred in numerous films including David O. Russell's American Hustle which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award. Among his other films are Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon (Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting actor), Coco Before Chanel, Junebug, Mansfield Park, Kenneth Brannagh’s Love's Labor's Lost, Jurassic Park 3, Goal 1 and 2, The Eye, I Want You, Best Laid Plans, Janie Jones, Five Dollars A Day, and John Woo’s Face/Off (Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination).

In 2009 he was given the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

In 2013, Nivola was among the New York Times critics’ pics for an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in Sally Potter’s film Ginger and Rosa. [11]

In 2014, he appeared in Devil's Knot, opposite Reese Witherspoon, and A Most Violent Year, opposite Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac.

He has continued to return to the theater and starred in the 2010 Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind directed by Ethan Hawke. In 2013 he starred as Sir Robert Morton in the Broadway revival of Terrence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy. He returned to Broadway in the fall of 2014 starring opposite his American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper in a revival of The Elephant Man.

In 2012, Nivola established the film and television production company King Bee Productions with his wife, the actress Emily Mortimer. Their first project was a six-part television series called Doll & Em which Nivola produced and Mortimer wrote and starred in. The program aired on Sky Living in the UK and on HBO in US in 2014.

Nivola graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University with a BA in English.

Personal life[edit]

Nivola married British actress Emily Mortimer in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire in January 2003; the couple have a son, Samuel John, born in Westminster, London,[12] on September 23, 2003. They also have a daughter, May Rose, born on January 15, 2010. They live in Brooklyn, New York.


Year Title Role Notes
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
Timecode Joey Z
2001 Jurassic Park III Billy Brennan
2002 Imprint Matt Short film
Laurel Canyon Ian McKnight Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2003 Carolina Albert Morris
2004 The Clearing Tim Hayes
2005 Junebug George Johnsten
The Sisters Andrew Prior
Turning Green Bill the Bookie
Goal! Gavin Harris
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
2010 Howl Luther Nichols
Janie Jones Ethan Brand
2012 Ginger & Rosa[13] Roland
2013 American Hustle Anthony Amado Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2014 Devil's Knot Terry Hobbs
Selma John Doar
A Most Violent Year Peter Forente
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Remember WENN Paul Rice Episode: Valentino Speaks!
The Ring Noel TV-Movie
1998 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Doug TV-Movie
2007 The Company Leo Kritzky Miniseries


  1. ^ His second name "Antine" is the Sardinian form for the italian "Costantino", that was his grandfather's name (the Sardinian sculptor Costantino Nivola).
  2. ^ "Alessandro Nivola Biography (1972?-)". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Alessandro Nivola Biography". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  4. ^ Fee, Gayle (October 1, 2007). "Inside Track". Boston Herald. 
  5. ^ "Thomas J. Davis, 77, Investment Executive". The New York Times. September 13, 1990. 
  6. ^ "Costantino Nivola: public and private: a selection of Nivola's sculptures, soon to leave the U.S. for a permanent home in a museum devoted to the artist in Sardinia, provided a rare overview of his work at the Parrish Museum". Art in America. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  7. ^ "". Timeliness: Will it help 'Goal' score?. Retrieved June 17, 2006. [dead link]
  8. ^ Scaduto, Anthony (September 9, 1999). "Quotes: ALESSANDRO NIVOLA isn't afraid of stardom". Newsday. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Huck, Peter (July 14, 2001). "Charmer chameleon". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  11. ^ "And the Nominees Should Be". The New York Times. December 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984–2006[dead link]
  13. ^ Potter, Sally. "Ginger & Rosa". Sally Potter. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 

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