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Overview (3)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Birth NameNicholas King Nolte
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He has German and British Isles ancestry. Nolte began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), playing the role of "Tom/Tommy Jordache". Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tak

Spouse (4)

Clytie Lane (8 September 2016 - present) ( 1 child)
Rebecca Linger (19 February 1984 - 1994) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Sharyn Haddad (10 May 1978 - 16 February 1984) ( divorced)
Sheila Page (28 November 1966 - 1970) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently plays crazed and unstable characters
Cold unsettling stare
Deep husky voice

Trivia (51)

He, along with Christopher Walken, were both considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
In 1962, Nolte was convicted for selling fake draft cards and was sentenced to a seventy-five year jail sentence and a $75,000 fine. He was suspended under the terms of the Youth Corrections Act and was on probation throughout the length of the Vietnam War. He was warned by the judge that if he was arrested for any other crime he would be jailed under the original conviction terms.
In 1978, Karen Ecklund, his girlfriend of five years, sued him for community property and support.
Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role in Q & A (1990).
Currently resides in Malibu, California.
Parents are Franklin Arthur and Helen Nolte.
Nolte was a heavy drinker until 1990. When Katharine Hepburn accused him of falling down drunk in every gutter in town, he replied: "I've got a few to go yet.".
In 1992, he was chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
In September 2002, he checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for counseling after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Malibu, California, a few days earlier. Tests later showed that he was under the influence of GHB, the "date rape" drug.
On December 12, 2002, he pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence. He was given 3-years' probation with orders to undergo alcohol and drug counseling with random testing required.
Attended Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Attended Kingsley Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa
His ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish and Swiss-German. His paternal grandfather was a farmer, with a farm in Iowa.
His career started in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Eleanor Moore Agency as a model for print ads.
His father was an irrigation pump salesman. His father was also an All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934. His mother was a department store buyer. He has an older sister, Nancy Nolte, who was an executive for Red Cross.
Was supposed to host Saturday Night Live: Eddie Murphy/Lionel Richie (1982) as part of the promotional tour for 48 Hrs. (1982), which was the film debut of then Saturday Night Live (1975) star Eddie Murphy, but fell ill at the last minute and had to drop out, so Murphy hosted in his place.
He was considered for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman (1978), which went to Christopher Reeve. Legend has it that he wanted to play the role as a schizophrenic.
There is a long-standing misconception that Dr. Charles Nolte, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, is Nick Nolte's father.
Visited Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia). [August 2006]
Ranked #1 of VH1's "40 Most Shocking Celebrity Mugshots" - had a Hawaiian shirt and a bed-head.
Director Keith Gordon took a one-day role in I Love Trouble (1994) to personally ask Nick Nolte to read the screenplay for Mother Night (1996), after being initially dismissed by Nolte's agent.
He eagerly pursued the role of Captain Benjamin L. Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979). When Harvey Keitel was fired, Nolte thought he had the role, which Coppola gave to Martin Sheen.
He lobbied hard for the role of Ned Braden in Slap Shot (1977), but there was no time for him to learn how to skate. The role went to Michael Ontkean.
He was considered for the role of John Rambo in First Blood (1982), which went to Sylvester Stallone.
Good friends with Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey and Don Johnson.
Was cast in Pride and Glory (2008), but just before shooting began, an old knee injury flared up from his footballing days and he had to drop out.
Nolte's father, Franklin A. Nolte, was an All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, with the elite US Marine Raiders. When he was discharged, he went home to his family, but according to Nick Nolte, he was a different man and didn't speak often. Nolte consulted his father while preparing for Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) where he played a Vietnam veteran.
He was considered for Harrison Ford's roles in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Blade Runner (1982), one of three roles that ultimately went to Harrison Ford. In addition, Walter Hill wanted to direct The Fugitive (1993) with with Nolte starring, but Nolte reportedly said he was tired with action movies, and too old.
He was considered for the role of Jeffrey Goines in Twelve Monkeys (1995), which went to Brad Pitt.
He missed out on several roles that went to Kurt Russell. He was offered the role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981), but he was not interested. He was then considered for R.J. MacReady in The Thing (1982). He was also set to star in Tequila Sunrise (1988), but dropped out.
One of Nolte's closest friends is writer-director Alan Rudolph. They have worked together on four films.
Played college football for Arizona State University.
The longest he has gone without an Academy Award nomination is 13 years, between Affliction (1997) and Warrior (2011).
Became a father for the first time at age 45 when his third wife Rebecca Linger gave birth to their son Brawley Nolte on June 20, 1986.
Became a father for the second time at age 66 when his girlfriend Clytie Lane gave birth to their daughter Sophie Lane on October 3, 2007.
He was considered for the role of Detective John McClane in Die Hard (1988), which went to Bruce Willis.
He was considered for the role of Dan Gallagher in Fatal Attraction (1987), which went to Michael Douglas.
Resided with Clytie Lane for 13 years before they got married on September 8, 2016.
Nick Nolte and poet Ted Kooser, grew up only a block apart in Historic Old Town Neighborhood of Ames, Iowa.
While in New York waiting for a television commercial to begin filming, Nolte audited acting classes of Sandy Meisner and Stella Adler.
During the Fall 1966, he joined a new theatre company the Actors Inner Circle in Phoenix, Arizona where he starred as Val in Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending".
Appeared in a Clairol print commercial for Clairol's "Summer Blonde". The campaign was such a success that the company later used the photograph on the box of dye itself, the only time a guy ever appeared on a woman's hair-color package.
First acting teacher was character actor Bryan O'Byrne.
Appeared at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior, Minnesota one of the longest continually operating professional theaters in America.
His first stage appearance was at the Phoenix Little Theatre where he appeared in "The Hasty Heart" by playwright John Patrick.
While residing in Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Benson High School and then transferred to Westside High School.
Attended four colleges but did not graduate from any of them. Eastern Arizona College. University of Nebraska - Omaha. Pasadena City College. Phoenix College.
In 1966, he was cast in the role of Helen Keller's brother in the Phoenix Little Theatre production of "The Miracle Worker" opposite Sheila Page (as Annie Sullivan) who became his first wife where they had an open marriage.
Performed in Summer Stock at Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greely, Colorado. He performed in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" as both Willy Loman and Biff and then Maxwell Anderson's "Winterset" as Mio Romagna. In 1966, his third Summer doing Summer Stock at Little Theatre of the Rockies, he appeared as Martin Luther in John Osborne's "Luther". This was the only production his father ever saw him perform in.
In 1972, he appeared in the Southwest Ensemble Theatre of Phoenix world premiere of William Inge's "The Last Pad" in the role of Jess, a young man scheduled to be electrocuted for murdering his wife. The play opened at the Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Arizona before moving to the Unitarian Church in Phoenix, Arizona. The play moved to Los Angeles in early Summer 1973 where it opened at the Contempo Theatre (now the Geffen) in Westwood.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6433 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 20, 2017.

Personal Quotes (14)

[at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, on the "obscene" amounts being paid to actors] It's sick. I want nothing to do with it.
Early on, I decided that I was going to lie to the press. The best approach to talking about my personal life was to lie.
I've made a lot of mistakes and I don't regret any of them. Sometimes, that's the only way you learn.
America is in a difficult position right now. It has so much wealth, it has become obese and gluttonous. It will change but it has to get through this time now. It's not that I wish I was not from America. It just goes through these peculiar times. I could live anywhere. But I wouldn't want to abandon a country just because it's being silly. I'll do what we did in 1968, and try and change it and get some sense into it.
There's nothing in the United States to do except the independents. Certainly not in the studios. It's a situation where films are made for $100m and they knock out all competition. Their audiences are eight to 20. It feels silly being a 60-plus year-old man in those films, which are basically cartoons and high technology.
You convince yourself you can fix the screenplay, because there's a lot of money involved. But you can never make it work. If the script has a hole in it, it will always have that hole.
I didn't stay in a popular vein. I never really got stamped like that. I worked very hard to keep changing my image.
There's an understanding about addiction. It's just learning about yourself. Either things are tough and you detach yourself or it becomes an experiment and a lifestyle. The thing about addiction is that you don't feel things. It's about cutting the pain off, whether it's physical or psychological.
There's always a bit of catharsis in filmmaking in general, in the arts. We're really all alone. We can't ever get inside another person's spirit, and see the world they do. So we are alone in that sense. The only way we have to communicate feelings is through words. I became obsessed about that.
If you feel you have a film that's valid, you stick your ass on the line.
I never felt comfortable in real life very well. It's always been an awkward kind of thing for me and so when I hit the stage I just sensed freedom. I sensed here's a place that I can have all the experiences of life and not feel uncomfortable about it.
[2011, on turning 70] When you start thinking about death more than sex, you know you're getting old. At 70, you crest that hill. In the sixties, you're still thinking you could do something about this slow disintegration of the body. As Katharine Hepburn used to say to me: "Aging, Nick, is boring." Now I know what she means.
[on receiving an Oscar nomination for his role in Warrior (2011)] I put up boundaries at the beginning with Gavin [Gavin O'Connor]. I said, "I don't think I should associate with the actors, with the boys. I should stay away from them." There's a kind of familiarity that happens if you're out drinking with the boys and that kind of thing. It makes the work a little more difficult.
[on Katharine Hepburn] She is a legend. But once you get past that, she's just a kind of cranky old broad who's a lot of fun.

Salary (8)

48 Hrs. (1982) $2,000,000
48 Hrs. (1982) $1,000,000
Another 48 Hrs. (1990) $3,000,000
The Prince of Tides (1991) $4,000,000
Blue Chips (1994) $7,000,000
I Love Trouble (1994) $7,000,000
The Thin Red Line (1998) $1,000,000
Investigating Sex (2001) $0

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