Nick Nolte

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Nick Nolte
NickNolte(cannesPhotocall).jpg
Nolte at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Born Nicholas King Nolte
(1941-02-08) February 8, 1941 (age 73)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Arizona State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–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 "Frank" 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 Hrs.. 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, Sophie. 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.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Hamm's Beer Brewery Tour Rathskeller in the Sky Beer Drinker Uncredited
1972 Dirty Little Billy Town Gang Leader Uncredited
1973 Electra Glide in Blue Hippie Kid Uncredited
1974 Death Sentence John Healy
1975 Return to Macon County Bo Hollinger
1976 Northville Cemetery Massacre Chris Voice
Uncredited
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
1982 Cannery Row Doc
48 Hrs. Jack Cates
1983 Under Fire Russell Price
1984 Teachers Alex Jurel
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
1989 Three Fugitives Lucas
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)
1992 The Player (cameo)
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
Afterglow Lucky Mann
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
Simpatico Vincent Webb
2000 The Golden Bowl Adam Verver
Trixie Senator Drumond Avery
2002 The Good Thief Bob Montagnet
2003 Hulk Brian "David" Banner/Absorbing Man
Northfork Father Harlan
2004 Clean Albrecht Hauser
Hotel Rwanda Colonel Oliver Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Beautiful Country Steve
2005 Neverwas T.L. Pierson
2006 Over the Hedge Vincent Voice
Off the Black Ray Cook
Paris, je t'aime Vincent (segment "Parc Monceau")
Quelques jours en septembre Elliott
Peaceful Warrior Socrates
2007 Chicago 10 Thomas Horan Voice
2008 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Joe Bechstein
The Spiderwick Chronicles Mulgarath
Tropic Thunder John "Four Leaf" Tayback
2009 Arcadia Lost Benerji
2010 My Own Love Song Caldwell
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Butch Voice
Replacing Alec Baldwin
2011 Arthur Burt Johnson
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
Parker Hurley
The Trials of Cate McCall Bridges
Hateship, Loveship Mr. McCauley
2014 Noah Samyaza
2014 Return to Sender Post-Production
2015 A Walk in the Woods Katz Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Ultimate Rush Narrator Voice
2011–2012 Luck Walter James Smith 10 episodes
2014 Gracepoint TBA Television 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