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Nick Adams (I) (1931–1968)

Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel (1959), played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor (1963) He died in 1968 due to an overdose of ... See full bio »

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 1968 Los asesinos
 1968 Mission Mars
Nick Grant
 1968 Fever Heat
Ace Jones
 1966-1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Sheriff Dave Cord / Prince
- The Night of the Vipers (1968) ... Sheriff Dave Cord
 1967 Hondo (TV Series)
Apache Kid
- Hondo and the Apache Trail (1967) ... Apache Kid
- Hondo and the Apache Kid (1967) ... Apache Kid
 1963-1967 Combat! (TV Series)
Cpl. Marty Roberts / Pvt. Mick Hellar
- The Masquers (1967) ... Cpl. Marty Roberts
 1967 The Killing Bottle
John Carter
 1967 The Monroes (TV Series)
Dave Smith
- Gun Bound (1967) ... Dave Smith
 1967 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Sgt. Gregg
- Willie and the Yank: The Mosby Raiders (1967) ... Sgt. Gregg
- Willie and the Yank: The Deserter (1967) ... Sgt. Gregg
 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
KEB Agent (uncredited)
 1965 Monster of Terror
Stephen Reinhart
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Orin Reid
- Three Li'l Lambs (1965) ... Orin Reid
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Clayton Newman / Max the Mysterious / Sonny 'Sundance' Dancer / ...
- Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings? (1965) ... Clayton Newman
- Who Killed Merlin the Great? (1964) ... Max the Mysterious
- Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel? (1964) ... Sonny 'Sundance' Dancer
- Who Killed Eleanora Davis? (1963) ... Harold Ormsby
- Who Killed Billy Jo? (1963) ... Charlie Vaughn
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Cpl. Dasovik
- Corporal Dasovik (1964) ... Cpl. Dasovik
 1964 The Young Lovers
 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
- Turn Back the Clock (1964) ... Jason
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
- How Much for a Prince? (1964) ... Roger
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Mike Benson
- Fun and Games (1964) ... Mike Benson
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Ronnie Blake
- A Roll of the Dice (1964) ... Ronnie Blake
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Max Dent
- By His Own Verdict (1963) ... Max Dent
 1963 Twilight of Honor
Ben Brown
 1963 The Hook
Pvt. V.R. Hackett
 1962 The Interns
Dr. Sid Lackland
 1962 Hell Is for Heroes
Homer Janeczek
 1961-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Richard Martin / Paul Madsen
- The First Hundred Years (1962) ... Richard Martin
- A Voice on the Phone (1961) ... Paul Madsen
 1961-1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Nick Phillips / George Townsend
- Savage Sunday (1962) ... Nick Phillips
- Who Killed Julie Greer? (1961) ... George Townsend
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
- A Chant of Silence (1962) ... Weiler
 1958-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Sam Upton / Antonio 'Tonio' Gigli
- The Traitor (1961) ... Sam Upton
- The Marie Dupree Story (1958) ... Antonio 'Tonio' Gigli
 1959-1961 The Rebel (TV Series)
Johnny Yuma
- The Hostage (1961) ... Johnny Yuma
- The Found (1961) ... Johnny Yuma
- Ben White (1961) ... Johnny Yuma
 1959 Pillow Talk
Tony Walters
 1959 The FBI Story
John Gilbert 'Jack' Graham
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
- Portrait (1959)
 1958-1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Deal Jackford / Will Hastings / Luke Crane
- The Trick (1959) ... Deal Jackford
- The Gang (1959) ... Will Hastings
- The Winter Boys (1958) ... Luke Crane
 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Ira Watkins
- The Tired Gun (1959) ... Ira Watkins
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
George Pelletti / Lynn Parsons
- A Thread of Respect (1959) ... George Pelletti
- Sundown at Bitter Creek (1958) ... Lynn Parsons
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Grand Duke Alexis
- The Night the Russians Landed (1959) ... Grand Duke Alexis
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Sgt. Korman
- Operation Crash Landing (1958) ... Sgt. Korman
 1958 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Chip Davidson
- Out of Control (1958) ... Chip Davidson
 1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Andy Martin
- The Martin Poster (1958) ... Andy Martin
 1958 No Time for Sergeants
Pvt. Ben Whitledge
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Mickey Houseman
- Juvenile Jacket (1958) ... Mickey Houseman
 1958 Sing Boy Sing
C.K. Judd
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- The Troublemakers (1957) ... Sandy
 1957 Fury at Showdown
Tracy Mitchell
 1956 Giant
Jett Rink - Giving Banquet Speech (voice, uncredited)
 1956 The Last Wagon
 1956 A Strange Adventure
Phil Davis
 1956 Our Miss Brooks
Gary Nolan
 1956 The People's Choice (TV Series)
- Sock and Augie (1956) ... Augie
 1955 I Died a Thousand Times
Bellboy (uncredited)
 1955 Picnic
 1955 Rebel Without a Cause
 1952 Somebody Loves Me
Western Union Boy (uncredited)
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I dreamed all my life of being a movie star. Movies were my life. You had to have an escape when you were raised in a basement. I saw all the James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield pictures. Odds against the world ... that was my meat.


Spent $8,500 on advertising to win a 1963 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for Twilight of Honor (1963), but lost the award on Oscar night to Melvyn Douglas in Hud (1963). Reportedly was devastated by the loss as he was sure he would win the Oscar. See more »

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