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Biography #2 (for Syriana)

Tim Blake Nelson has appeared in over twenty-five films including Warm Springs, Meet the Fockers, Holes, The Good Girl, Wonderland, Minority Report and O Brother Where Art Thou?. Nelson will soon be seen in The Moguls, The Big White, Come Early Morning and Fido.

Nelson's The Grey Zone, which he wrote and directed, starred Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Allan Corduner and Natasha Lyonne. The film premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival and opened in October 2002. The Grey Zone is a dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, special squads of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau. Shot in Bulgaria, The Grey Zone is based on his Award-winning play. The National Board of Review (2002) honored The Grey Zone with a "Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression."

Nelson also directed O, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, starring Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer. O premiered at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival, where Nelson was awarded Best Director.

Nelson wrote and directed the film Eye of God, starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook and Kevin Anderson, which appeared at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the United States later that year. The film received the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.

As a playwright, Nelson's produced plays include The Grey Zone, Eye of God and Anna Darko. He has also acted extensively in New York theatre. Most recently he starred in the critically acclaimed play Beard of Avon, portraying William Shakespeare at the New York Theatre Workshop. Nelson's other credits include Oedipus, with Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup, Troilus and Cressida, Les Bourgeois Avant-Garde, Mac Wellman's Dracula, The Amazon's Voice, An Imaginary Life, The Baltimore Waltz, Mad Forest, The Innocents' Crusade, Richard III and Twelfth Night.

Nelson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Julliard Theater Center. He resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Syriana" (07-Jan-2006)


Biography #3 (for Holes)

As an acclaimed actor, writer and director, Tim Blake Nelson continues to amaze audiences with his versatility.

As an actor, Nelson recently co-starred in Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly and Zoey Deschannel. The Good Girl was nominated for a 2002 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.

Additionally, Tim recently starred in Finn Taylor's Cherish opposite Robin Tunney, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report co-starring Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton and Colin Farrell, and the Coen Brothers' acclaimed hit O Brother, Where Art Thou? with George Clooney and John Turturro. O Brother was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. In addition to starring in the film, Nelson recorded a song for the O Brother soundtrack, which won a Grammy Award.

Nelson will next star in Helmut Schleppi's A Foreign Affair opposite David Arquette and Emily Mortimer. A Foreign Affair premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Nelson recently wrapped production on Max & Grace opposite Natasha Lyonne and Wonderland opposite Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow. Nelson's other screen acting credits include Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, Hal Hartley's Amateur, Nora Ephron's This Is My Life, and Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk.

Nelson's The Grey Zone, which he wrote and directed, starred Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Allan Corduner and Natasha Lyonne. The film premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival and opened October 11, 2002. The Grey Zone is a dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, special squads of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau. Shot in Bulgaria, The Grey Zone is based on his award-winning play. The National Board of Review (2002) honored The Grey Zone with a Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression.

Nelson also directed O, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello starring Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, Josh Hartnett, and Mekhi Phifer for Lions Gate. O premiered at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival, where Tim was awarded Best Director.

Nelson wrote and directed the film Eye of God, starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, and Kevin Anderson, which appeared at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the United States later that year. The film received the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.

As a playwright, Nelson's produced plays include The Grey Zone, Eye of God and Anna Darko. He has also acted extensively in New York Theatre. Tim's credits include Oedipus, Troilus and Cressida, Les Bourgeois Avant-Garde, Mac Wellman's Dracula, The Amazon's Voice, An Imaginary Life, The Baltimore Waltz, Mad Forest, The Innocents Crusade, Richard III, and Twelfth Night.

Nelson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Julliard Theater Center. He resides in New York City with his wife and 2 sons.

Bio courtesy Disney for "Holes" (25-Apr-2003)


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