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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 July 1931Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 7 February 1968Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (drug overdose)
Birth NameNicholas Aloysius Adamschock
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 drugs he was taking for a nervous disorder.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Carol Nugent (11 May 1959 - 7 February 1968) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Screen and television actor.
Studied the martial arts under Ed Parker, along with Elvis Presley and other celebrities.
Children: Allyson Adams, born in 1960, and Jeb Stuart Adams, born in 1961.
He is a graduate of St. Peter's College.
He became a close friend of James Dean after playing a small role in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and reportedly was devastated when Dean was killed. Adams began behaving recklessly and was arrested for speeding nine times in one year. He was placed on probation.
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.
Was friends with Robert Conrad.
Raised in Garfield, NJ
Brother-in-law of Judy Nugent.
He is one of four actors typically named in connection with the "Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Curse", a widely repeated urban legend.
Gained early attention doing impressions of movie stars such as James Cagney and Marlon Brando.
Joined the United States Coast Guard to avoid being drafted into the Army during the Korean War, and served three years (1952-1955).
On the night of Feb 7, 1968, he was supposed to have dinner with Erwin Roeder, his lawyer and friend. He never showed up. Concerned, Roeder then went to Adams' home, found the actor's car in his garage, broke a window to enter the house, and discovered the actor dead in his bedroom.
Shortly before his death he bought a plane ticket with his own money and flew to Rome to co-star with Aldo Ray in a sci-fi horror movie called "Murder in the Third Dimension". Once he got there he found out no one had told him the project had been scrapped.
He once worked at the Warners Theater in Beverly Hills as a doorman, usher and maintenance man, but was fired after putting his own name up on a marquee board as a promoting stunt. He also freely used his friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley for self-promotion. He once claimed he was being stalked by a crazed female James Dean fan and had himself photographed at Dean's grave, pensively clutching flowers.
Career began in New York City and won his first acting job playing the role of Muff Potter in a small stage production of "Tom Sawyer". He relocated to try his luck in Los Angeles after years of struggle back East.
Was offered a playing position in minor league baseball as a high school teen with the St. Louis Cardinals but turned it down because of the low pay. He briefly worked as a bat boy for the Jersey City Giants, a local minor league team.
The son of Peter Adamshock and Catherine Kutz. Nick's father was a Ukrainian-born anthracite coal miner. Despite being broke, the family left town when Nick was five years old, after his uncle was killed in a mining accident, and wound up in Jersey City, NJ.
Partners, with Andrew J. Fenady and Irvin Kershner, in Fen-Ker-Ada Inc., a television production company.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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