Nils Oliveto

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Nils Oliveto
Born December 8, 1974
Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter

Nils Oliveto (born December 8, 1974) is a Canadian actor, director and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Nils Oliveto grew up on the South Shore of Montreal. He was actively involved in theatre and improvisation, but his passion was into sports, where he played volleyball and soccer at Royal George High School in Greenfield Park. At 16, he began training seriously as a track and field athlete, and started getting national attention in both the discus and the hammer throw. After graduating from Royal George as the co-president of the Student Council and winning the Athlete of the Year award, he attended Champlain College Saint-Lambert under the tutor of former Czechoslovakian weight-lifting Olympic coach Dr. Emil Muller. In 1993, he earned a spot on the Canadian Jr. National Track and Field Team as a hammer thrower. After completing a degree in Pure and Applied Science in 1995 from Champlain College, Oliveto was offered a track scholarship at the University of Oklahoma.

From 1995 to 2000, Oliveto traveled all over North-America, Europe, and Africa, competing in major championships like the Canada Games, the Jeux de la Francophonie, and the Olympic Trials. He graduated with both a Bachelor of Science degree (Health and Sports Science, 1998) and a Master of Science degree (Exercise Physiology and Human Performance, 2000) from OU. He was the University of Oklahoma record holder in the hammer throw, and is still the current all-time powerlifting record holder at Champlain College.


The acting bug hit Nils when he was encouraged by a former drama high school teacher to pursue acting professionally. While in Oklahoma, he started studying acting and screenwriting with the OU Film Department, and later began working on local TV projects in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. In 2000, Nils moved to Los Angeles, where he jumped into the big leagues. He continued studying his craft in Burbank, California with top TV and film actors. Under the guidance of Jon Simmons (former manager of One Tree Hill`s star Chad Michael Murray), he continued studying his craft. He ended up working on major blockbusters like Windtalkers (starring Nicolas Cage), Showtime (starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro), and Sorority Boys (starring Harland Williams, Smallville's star Michael Rosenbaum, and 7th Heaven`s Barry Watson). He also appeared on the hit TV show Boston Public, starring Montreal born actress Jessalyn Gilsig.

Nils is first and foremost a keen observer of human nature. Involved in several projects such as scientific articles dealing with periodization in exercise physiology, physical education teaching, applied kinesiology in clinical osteopathy, and stress management / visualisation / autogenic training for high performance, this artist-scientist brings an unconventional and thoughtful light to the actor’s job. These thoughts are therefore reflected in his approach to the stage, which is always rich and consistent.

Through his production company HAMMERMAN FILMS, Nils produced, wrote, directed and starred in "The Cedar's Tears" (2010), a mystery thriller shot in Lebanon, Europe and Canada. The film was screened in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia, with awards/nominations in Los Angeles, Ireland and Mexico film festivals.

Nils Oliveto's second feature film, "Duplicando" premièred in Los Angeles at the Action on Film International Film Festival (AOF) in August 2012. "Duplicando" explores a "full narrative storytelling spectrum"; a drama genre that gradually spins into an out-of-control absurd comedy flick. Nils received a nomination for best editing at the AOF 2012.

The feature-film "For the Love of Poe" premièred in Montreal at the Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal World Film Festival) in August 2014. This project, with two separate original versions (English and French), tells the story of an ex-convict and a beloved fan of Edgar Allan Poe who is commissioned by a world-class smuggler to find three artefacts with supposedly supernatural powers dating back from Francisco Pizarro's conquest of the Incas in the 1500s. It was produced, written, directed by Nils Oliveto. He also played the lead character.

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