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Biography #2 (for The Good Thief)

Nick Nolte is a two-time Academy Award nominee with the ability to masterfully portray a wide range of rolls. He will be seen this summer in Ang Lee's THE HULK for Universal Pictures and the Polish Brothers' NORTHFORK for Paramount Classics. Nolte also re-teamed with director Alan Rudolph to film INVESTIGATING SEX, in which he starred opposite Neve Campbell and Robin Tunney.

Nolte returned to his theatre roots recently when he starred along with Sean Penn, in the stage production of Sam Shepherd's play The Late Henry Moss.

In recent years, Nolte has successfully added to his credit top contending films such as director Paul Schrader's AFFLICTION, for which he received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Independent Film nominations for Best Actor, Oliver Stone's U-TURN, co-starring Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez; AFTERGLOW, produced by Robert Altman; JEFFERSON IN PARIS, in which he portrayed Thomas Jefferson; Martin Scorsese's thriller remake CAPE FEAR; and THE PRINCE OF TIDES, in which he starred opposite Barbra Streisand, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe as Best Actor from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Nolte starred opposite Julia Roberts in I LOVE TROUBLE and as a basketball coach in BLUE CHIPS for director William Friedkin. Additionally, Nolte starred in I'LL DO ANYTHING for writer/director James L. Brooks, and in the critically acclaimed LORENZO'S OIL, co-starring Susan Sarandon.

His production company Kingsgate, currently has in development WHITE JAZZ, James Ellroy's script based on his best selling film noir novel and THE LAST MAGIC SUMMER, an adaptation of the Peter Gent novel of the same name. Upcoming on Nolte's and Kingsgate's schedule is BEST OF ENEMIES, a film based on a true story set in South Carolina in the early 60s dealing with the relationship between a Klansman and a militant African-American woman.

Nolte, an Omaha, Nebraska native, played college football before he discovered theatre, and began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse. He then studied briefly with Bryan O'Byrne at Stella Adler's Academy in Los Angeles. Soon following, he traveled for several years performing in regional theatres.

Landing a breakthrough role in the legendary television series Rich Man, Poor Man marked only the beginning for Nolte, launching him into international fame. Following its success, he made his feature film starring debut in THE DEEP, opposite Jacqueline Bisset. Nolte has since never looked back.

Diversity of character became Nolte's signature in his early film career, with roles as a drug-smuggling Vietnam veteran in WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN; a disillusioned football star in NORTH DALLAS FORTY, which he developed with author Peter Gent; as free-spirited beat-era writer Neal Casady in HEART BEAT; and as a reclusive marine biologist in CANNERY ROW.

Nolte continued to challenge himself with such character roles as the philosophical vagrant in DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS; a tough cop in 48 HOURS; an American photojournalist in UNDER FIRE; and a determined lawman in EXTREME PREJUDICE. He created another unique character in WEEDS, as an ex-con turned playwright.

Other Nolte film credits have included THREE FUGITIVES, FAREWELL TO THE KING, Scorsese's segment of NEW YORK STORIES, Karel Reisz' EVERYBODY WINS and Sidney Lumet's Q&A.

Bio courtesy Fox Searchlight for "The Good Thief" (09-Apr-2003)


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