Tim Blake Nelson

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Tim Blake Nelson
Tim Blake Nelson 2016.jpg
Nelson at the 2016 Fantastic Fest
Born
Timothy Blake Nelson[1]

(1964-05-11) May 11, 1964 (age 54)
EducationBrown University (BA)
Juilliard School (GrDip)
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)
Lisa Benavides (m. 1994)
Children3

Timothy Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American actor, writer and director. His most famous roles include Delmar O'Donnell in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Dr. Pendanski in Holes (2003), Daniel "Danny" Dalton Jr. in Syriana (2005), and Dr. Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk (2008), Richard Schell in Lincoln (2012), and Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).

Early life[edit]

Nelson was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Ruth (née Kaiser) Nelson,[4][5] who is a noted social activist and philanthropist in Tulsa, and Don Nelson, a geologist/wildcatter.[6][7] His maternal uncle is businessman George Kaiser.[8]

His maternal grandparents, who were from Germany, escaped the Nazis shortly before World War II, moving to Britain in 1938 and immigrating to the United States in 1941.[9][10][11] His father's family were Russian Jewish emigrants.[12]

Nelson attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.[13]

Nelson is a 1982 graduate of Holland Hall School in Tulsa,[4] and a graduate of Brown University, where he was a Classics major as well as Senior Orator for his class of 1986. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Nelson won the Workman/Driskoll award for excellence in Classical Studies.[14] He graduated from Juilliard in 1990, a member of Group 19.[15]

Career[edit]

Nelson with Ahna O'Reilly in 2012

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 produced. He was a co-star of the sketch comedy show The Unnaturals, which ran on HA! (later CTV, and would turn into Comedy Central) between 1989 and 1991, alongside Paul Zaloom, John Mariano and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.[16]

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 story upon which the film is loosely based.[17] He sang "In the Jailhouse Now" on the film's soundtrack (which received a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001). Nelson has gone on to act in a number of supporting performances in films such as Minority Report, Syriana and Lincoln. He also appeared in Marvel Comics adaptations The Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four.

Nelson narrated the 2001 audiobook At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.. He 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 (for which he received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for the Someone to Watch Award), as well as writing and directing two original screenplays: 1998's Kansas and Leaves of Grass, which was released in 2009. He directed the film O, based on Othello and set in a modern-day high school.

For Eye of God, he received 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.[citation needed]

Nelson guest-starred on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10 episode "Working Stiffs". In the episode "My Brother's Bomber" (aired September 29, 2015) of the PBS investigative series Frontline, he talked about the loss of his friend David Dornstein in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.[18]

In 2018, Nelson played Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a western anthology film by Joel and Ethan Coen.[19] Nelson had received the original script sixteen years prior in 2002. The film was released on Netflix on November 16, 2018 after a limited theatrical release[20] and received positive reviews from critics,[21][22] with many highlighting Nelson's performance and his overall segment as a highlight of the film.

Personal life[edit]

Nelson resides in New York City with his wife, Lisa Benavides, and their three sons.[4] On May 8, 2009, he 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.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 This Is My Life Dennis
1993 Motel Blue 19 Adult Luther Uncredited voice
1994 Amateur Young Detective
1995 Heavyweights Roger Johnson
1996 Joe's Apartment Cockroach Voice
1997 Eye of God Director
Donnie Brasco FBI Technician
Prix Fixe Busboy Short film
1998 The Thin Red Line Pvt. Brian Tills
Kanas Short film; director and writer
2000 Hamlet Flight captain
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Delmar O'Donnell
2001 O Director
The Grey Zone Director, writer, producer and editor
2002 The Good Girl Bubba
Cherish Daly
Minority Report Gideon
2003 A Foreign Affair Jake Adams Also executive producer
Holes Dr. Kiowa "Mom" Pendanski
Wonderland Billy Deverell
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Dr. Johnathan Jacobo
The Last Shot Marshal Paris
Bereft Dennis
Meet the Fockers Officer LeFlore
2005 The Amateurs Barney Macklehatton
My Suicidal Sweetheart Various
The Big White Gary
Syriana Danny Dalton
2006 Come Early Morning Uncle Tim
The Darwin Awards Perp
Hoot Curly
Fido Mr. Theopolis
2007 The Astronaut Farmer Kevin Munchak
2008 The Incredible Hulk Samuel Sterns
American Violet David Cohen
2009 Saint John of Las Vegas Militant Ned
Leaves of Grass Bolger Also director, writer and producer
2011 Flypaper Peanut Butter
Yelling to the Sky Coleman
Detachment Mr. Wiatt
The Big Year Fuchs
2012 Big Miracle Pat Lafaytette
Lincoln Richard Schell
2013 Blue Caprice Ray
As I Lay Dying Anse
Child of God Sheriff Fate
Snake and Mongoose Mike McAllister
2014 The Homesman Freighter
The Sound and the Fury Father
Kill the Messenger Alan Fenster
2015 Anesthesia Adam Zarrow Also director, writer and producer
Fantastic Four Dr. Allen
2016 The Confirmation Vaughn
Colossal Garth
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Wayne Pfister
2017 Deidra & Laney Rob a Train Truman
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Johan Tidemand
The Institute Dr. Lemelle
2018 Monster Leroy Sawicki
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Buster Scruggs Segment: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"
2019 The Report Post-production
The Hustle Portnoy Post-production
Angel Has Fallen Vice President Kirby Post-production
2020 Just Mercy Ralph Myers Post-production
TBA The Long Home Hovington Post-production
Bukowski Henry Bukowski Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1989–1991 The Unnaturals Recurring characters
1995 House of Buggin' Kidnapper Episode: "The Paco Vasquez Story"
1996 Dead Man's Walk Johnny Carthage 3 episodes
2005 Stella Mountain Man Episode: "Camping"
2005 Warm Springs Tom Loyless Television film
2006 Haskett's Chance Pilot; director
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paulie Krill Episode: "Working Stiffs"
2011 CHAOS Casey Malick 13 episodes
2011 Modern Family Hank Episode: "Dude Ranch"
2012–2015 Black Dynamite Chief McGillihorn (voice) 4 episodes
2014 Klondike Meeker 6 episodes
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Randy 3 episodes
2015 Z: The Beginning of Everything Episode: "Pilot"; director
2017 Wormwood Sidney Gottlieb 4 episodes
2018 Dallas & Robo The Woodsman (voice) 8 episodes
2019 Watchmen Looking Glass

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to U.S. Foundations, Their Trustees, Officers, and Donors". The Center. June 15, 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Feature Article and Interviews - THE GREY ZONE (2001)". Aboutfilm.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 2, 2012). "Jewish stars: Whales, ghosts and 'Smash'". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Michael Smith, "Bloomer Sooner: Tulsa native Tim Blake Nelson's roots are showing", Tulsa World, May 6, 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2007-09-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Tulsa Historical Society, 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee: Ruth K. Nelson Archived 2009-01-26 at the Wayback Machine., tulsahistory.org; accessed June 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Sherrow, Rita. "Native Tulsan Featured in Miniseries: Tim Nelson Makes Leap From Shakespeare to `Dead Man's Walk'".
  8. ^ Bloom, Nate (August 6, 2015). "Celebrity jews". jweekly.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "'The Grey Zone'". NPR. 2002-10-26. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved 2007-09-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "People adapt to 'Grey Zone' Jewish workers in Nazi camp". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  13. ^ Oklahoma Arts Institute, Alumni Listing Archived 2007-08-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Kari Molvar, "Q&A: Tim Blake Nelson", Brown Alumni Magazine (March/April 2001).
  15. ^ [1] Archived December 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "The Unnaturals - TV Series - 1989". hollywood.com. February 5, 2015.
  17. ^ Romney, Jonathan. "The Coen brothers: Double vision", The Guardian, May 19, 2000.
  18. ^ "My Brother's Bomber". pbs.org. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  19. ^ Giroux, Jack (July 9, 2017). "'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Cast Includes James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, and More". /Film. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  20. ^ Chu, Henry (August 31, 2018). "Coen Brothers Confirm Theatrical Release for 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  22. ^ "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  23. ^ http://orgs.utulsa.edu/spcol/?p=4805

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