Nick Stahl

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Nick Stahl
Nick Stahl 2005.jpg
Nick Stahl in 2005
Born Nicolas Kent Stahl
(1979-12-05) December 5, 1979 (age 35)
Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Rose Murphy Stahl (2009–2012)

Nicolas Kent "Nick" Stahl (born December 5, 1979)[1] is an American actor known for The Man Without a Face, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Carnivàle. Starting out as a child actor, he gained recognition for his performance in the 1993 film The Man Without a Face co-starring Mel Gibson and then embarked on a successful career.

He later transitioned into his adult career with roles in the film The Thin Red Line, In the Bedroom, Bully, Sin City, the HBO series Carnivàle, and the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, in the role of John Connor with Arnold Schwarzenegger. More recently, he also starred in the films Mirrors 2 (2010), Afghan Luke (2011), and Away from Here (2014).

Early life[edit]

Stahl was born in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Donna Lynn, a brokerage assistant[1] and William Kent Stahl, a businessman. He is of German and English descent.[2] He was raised in Plano and Richardson.


His first professional casting was in Stranger at My Door (1991), although he had been acting in children's plays since he was four years old. The 1993 film The Man Without a Face, co-starring Mel Gibson, helped boost his career at the age of 13. The following year, he had a role in the ensemble film Safe Passage. In 1996 he played the role of Puck in Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1998 he played a doomed young soldier during the World War II Pacific War in The Thin Red Line. He scored critical and box office success again with his role in the 2001 movie In the Bedroom, which starred Sissy Spacek as his mother. He scored another box office hit in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003). In 2003, he starred in the HBO series Carnivàle, which drew a loyal audience as well as rave reviews. The show lasted two seasons, ending in 2006.

Stahl has played two villains to good reviews: Bobby Kent in the film Bully (2001) and Roark Jr./Yellow Bastard in Sin City (2005). Stahl did not reprise his role as John Connor in Terminator Salvation, in which he took over the role originally played by Edward Furlong in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Instead Christian Bale took over. Stahl noted the film's concept as "a jump to the future, so my character will be quite a bit older."[3] Other roles included How to Rob a Bank (2007), Sleepwalking (2008), Quid Pro Quo (2008), and Sleepwalking (2009).

In 2010 Stahl starred as Max Matheson in the sequel to Mirrors, directed by Victor Garcia[4] and penned by Matt Venne.[5] Among his more recent films are On the Inside (2010) and Afghan Luke (2011), and Away from Here (2014).

Personal life[edit]

Stahl has had some celebrity romances, notably with Bijou Phillips, his co-star in Bully and with January Jones.[6]

Stahl married actress Rose Murphy in June 2009, but separated in 2012. The couple has a daughter, Marlo. He also has a younger brother named Andrew who now lives in Canberra, Australia.[7]

Like some actors who were child stars, Stahl has struggled with drugs and alcohol.[8] After their separation and Rose Stahl’s filing for custody of their child, he had several public incidents. On May 14, 2012, his estranged wife filed a police report on his disappearance; five days later he was found and he entered into rehabilitation [9] and then started going to AA.[10] He was arrested on December 27, 2012 in a Los Angeles adult movie store and charged with a misdemeanor for 'lewd conduct' while watching a movie in a supposedly private booth.[11] On June 28, 2013 Stahl was taken into custody for alleged substance abuse after being found in a Hollywood motel with three other individuals.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Stranger at My Door Robert Fortier Television movie
1992 Woman with a Past Brian Television movie
1993 Man Without a Face, TheThe Man Without a Face Charles E. 'Chuck' Norstadt Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama
1994 Safe Passage Simon Singer
1994 Incident in a Small Town John Bell Trenton Television movie
1995 Blue River Young Edward Television movie
1995 Tall Tale Daniel Hackett
1996 My Son Is Innocent Eric Sutter Television movie
1997 Eye of God Tom Spencer
1998 Disturbing Behavior Gavin Strick
1998 Soundman Tommy Pepin
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Pfc – Beade Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
1999 Seasons of Love Adult Grover Television movie
2000 Lover's Prayer Vladimir
2000 Sunset Strip Zach
2001 In the Bedroom Frank Fowler Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Sleepy Time Gal, TheThe Sleepy Time Gal Morgan
2001 Bully Bobby Kent
2002 Taboo Christian Turner
2002 Wasted Chris Television movie
Nominated—Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries
2003 Bookies Toby
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines John Connor
2003 Twist Dodge Nominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2005 Sin City Roark Jr. / Yellow Bastard Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2006 Night of the White Pants, TheThe Night of the White Pants Horace 'Raff' Rafferty
2007 How to Rob a Bank Jinx
2008 Quid Pro Quo Isaac Knot
2008 Sleepwalking James
2009 My One and Only Bud
2010 Chameleon, TheThe Chameleon Brendan Kerrigan
2010 Burning Palms Robert Kane
2010 Meskada Noah Cordin
2010 Dead Awake Dylan
2010 Kalamity Billy Klepack
2010 Mirrors 2 Max Matheson
2010 Everything Will Happen Before You Die Hunter
2010 The Nth Degree N/A
2011 The Speed of Thought Joshua Lazarus
2011 On the Inside Allen Meneric
2011 Afghan Luke Luke Benning
2011 388 Arletta Avenue James Deakin
2011 Locke & Key Duncan Locke TV Movie
2014 Away from Here James
American Dream Yuri post production
The Unknown Son Noah Prentice announced


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Out of Order N/A Episode: "Hey Joey"
1997 Promised Land Billy Sullivan Episode: "Cowboy Blues"
1998 Hercules Castor (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Ben Hawkins 24 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Peter Harrison Episode: "Zebras"
2012 House of Lies Kurt Episode: "Mini Mogul"
2012 Body of Proof Marcel Trevino 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Nick Stahl Biography (1979–)". 1979-12-05. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ Genealogy of Nick Stahl
  3. ^ "Nick Stahl Confirms 'Terminator 4' No-Show". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Nick Stahl Looks Deep Into the Mirror". DreadCentral. 
  5. ^ "Nick Stahl to Topline 'Mirrors II'". BloodyDisgusting. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Nick Stahl, actor". Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "These kids aren’t all right - child stars who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction". THESTAR. June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Nick Stahl: All About His Disappearance – And His Past, by Michelle Tauber and Howard Breuer.". May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Actor Nick Stahl no longer missing by Lorena Blas". USA Today. July 23, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (December 28, 2012). "Nick Stahl arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct in Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff, TMZ (June 28, 2013). "Nick Stahl Breaking Bad Again Busted for Meth (Report)". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 

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