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Overview (2)

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nate Parker was born on November 18, 1979 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Birth of a Nation (2016), Arbitrage (2012) and The Great Debaters (2007). He has been married to Sarah DiSanto since 2007. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Sarah DiSanto (2007 - present) ( 4 children)

Trivia (8)

Was discovered at a ProScout event.
He and his wife Sarah DiSanto are college sweethearts. They met while attending Pennsylvania State University and have 4 daughters. Parker had another daughter with an unnamed woman.
Nate was NCAA All-American in Wrestling at 141 lbs. in 2002 for the University of Oklahoma. He was also a High School All-American as well while attending Great Bridge High School in Virginia.
In 2016 Nate Parker opened a film program named after him at the Wiley College in Texas: The Nate Parker School of Film and Drama. Parker is not the first director to do so: Other directors who created their own film school/program/course include David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Andrzej Wajda and Béla Tarr.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
Stated in an interview with BET that in an effort to preserve the Black man, he will, among many things, never play a gay character. Parker complained about Hollywood offering Black men roles that requires dresses and duct tape - though Parker took it one step further when he said Hollywood also offers Black men roles that consist of "men with questionable sexuality.".
Was teammates with Cleo Anthony, when they attended Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA.
In 1999, while a sophomore at Penn State University, Parker and his roommate and wrestling teammate, Jean McGianni Celestin, were accused of raping a fellow student. The accuser stated that Parker and Celestin raped her while she was intoxicated and unconscious, and that she was unsure of how many people had been involved. Local authorities taped a phone conversation between her and Parker in which Parker confirmed that it was he and Celestin who had sex with her. She also stated that the two harassed her after she pressed charges, and that they hired a private investigator who showed her picture around campus, revealing her identity.

Parker was acquitted on all four counts brought against him. Celestin, who shares a story credit on The Birth of a Nation, was convicted of sexual assault and received a six-month to one-year prison sentence in 2001, later raised to two to four years per state sentencing guidelines. Parker's accuser filed a complaint against the university for failing to protect her from harassment, which was settled with Penn State for $17,500. In 2012, the accuser committed suicide.

Personal Quotes (6)

I want to pick material that involves me. I always tell my team that I never want to make the same movie twice. That's what terrifies me the most.
I decided to take on projects that I thought would break down walls rather than build them up, and to perpetuate positivity rather than to enforce negativity in who I was as a black man.
[on the new 'Nate Parker School of Film and Drama' at Wiley College] The hope is that we cover all aspects of filmmaking, from sound, lighting and cinematography, to just studying film specifically with the cultural component and the history of film. (...) You control the moving picture, you control the masses ... so really getting them rallied around the idea of reclaiming the narrative of America, specifically through the eyes of people of color. (...) If I can create a pipeline toward filmmaking physically through developing the college, having filmmakers be nurtured and cultivated here, and then having somewhere for them to go with respect for them actually being able to engage in filmmaking here in East Texas, then it kind of serves multiple purposes. [March 2016]
[Essence.com, August 2012] I'd love to play Nat Turner. What I would never play? Anyone wearing a dress. We just need more images of men. We've been emasculated physically, metaphorically too many times for me to support it. For me, that's where the line stops.
[on The Birth of a Nation (2016)] I don't want this to be a film. I want it to be a movement. I don't want it to be a moment in time. I want a launch pad for conversation around how we can deal with our trauma collectively. Then we can create a cultural shift. [2016]
[on Nat Turner] He became my hero in college. I never heard about him until I went to college. [2016]

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