Tim Blake Nelson

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Not to be confused with Tim Nelson (lacrosse).
Tim Blake Nelson
Tim Blake Nelson Leaves of Grass Premiere.jpg
Nelson in 2008
Born (1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 50)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Occupation Actor, director, writer, singer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Benavides (1994-present; 3 children)

Timothy "Tim" Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American director, writer, and actor.

Early life[edit]

Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Ruth (Kaiser) Nelson,[1][2] who is a noted social activist and philanthropist in Tulsa, and a geologist/wildcatter father.[3] Nelson is Jewish.[4] His maternal grandparents escaped the Nazis shortly before World War II, fleeing to Britain in 1938 and emigrating to the United States in 1941.[5][6][7] His father's family were Russian Jewish immigrants.[8][9] Nelson attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.[10] He is a 1982 graduate of Holland Hall School in Tulsa,[1] and a graduate of Brown University, where he was a Classics major as well as Senior Orator for his class of 1986. Additionally, Nelson won the Workman/Driskoll award for excellence in Classical Studies.[11][12] He graduated from Juilliard in 1990.[13]

Career[edit]

Nelson's debut play, Eye of God, was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1992. The Grey Zone premiered at MCC Theater in New York in 1996, where his 1998 work Anadarko was also produced.

Nelson has appeared as an actor in film, TV and theatre. He had a featured role as Delmar in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. According to directors Joel and Ethan Coen, he was the only one in the cast or crew who had read Homer's Odyssey, a work upon which the film is loosely based.[14] He sings "In the Jailhouse Now" on the soundtrack, for which he received a Grammy (Album of the Year).

He played Samuel Sterns in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.

He also narrates the 2001 audiobook At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.. He has appeared on stage extensively off Broadway in New York at theatres including Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Soho Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and Central Park's Open Air Theater in the Shakespeare plays Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He has directed film versions of his plays The Grey Zone and Eye of God, as well as writing and directing two original screenplays: 1998's Kansas and Leaves of Grass which was released in 2009. He is also the director of O, based on William Shakespeare's play Othello and set in a modern-day high school. As a film director he has received numerous awards, including, for Eye of God, the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival (1997) and the American Independent Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (1997); for O, the Best Director Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2001); and for The Grey Zone, the National Board of Review's Freedom of Expression Award (2002). He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City, as well as Soho Rep Theatre.

Tim guest-starred on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10 episode "Working Stiffs".

Personal life[edit]

Nelson currently resides in New York City with his wife, Lisa Benavides, and his three sons.[1] On May 8, 2009, Nelson was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Tulsa's Beta of Oklahoma chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national collegiate honor society.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

As director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Michael Smith, "Bloomer Sooner: Tulsa native Tim Blake Nelson's roots are showing", Tulsa World, May 6, 2009.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Tulsa Historical Society, 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee: Ruth K. Nelson
  4. ^ "Feature Article and Interviews - THE GREY ZONE (2001)". Aboutfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  5. ^ "'The Grey Zone'". NPR. 2002-10-26. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Jonathan Valania: O Brother Who Art Thou? A Q&A With Actor/Writer/Director Tim Blake Nelson". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Breaking, World, US & Local News - nydailynews.com - NY Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  9. ^ "People adapt to 'Grey Zone' Jewish workers in Nazi camp - The Washington Times". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  10. ^ Oklahoma Arts Institute, Alumni Listing (retrieved January 21, 2009).
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ Kari Molvar,"Q&A: Tim Blake Nelson", Brown Alumni Magazine (March/April 2001).
  13. ^ [4][dead link]
  14. ^ Romney, Jonathan. "The Coen brothers: Double vision", The Guardian, 19 May 2000.

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