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Nick Nolte

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
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Birthplace:   Omaha, Nebraska, USA
With ruggedly handsome looks and a lengthy screen career, actor-producer Nick Nolte has established himself as a major industry figure. His enviable standing as one of Hollywood's most distinctive leading men was further cemented with a 1998 Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in Affliction. A native of Omaha, NE, Nolte was born February 8, 1941. While a student at Arizona State University, he revealed talent as a football player, but whatever promise he may have had on the field was aborted by his expulsion from the school for bad grades. A subsequent move to California convinced Nolte to try acting instead. He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse, then at Stella Adler's Academy in Los Angeles under Bryan O'Byrne, while he held down a job as an iron worker. After his training, Nolte spent 14 years traveling the country and working in regional theater, occasionally landing parts in B-movies and television films. Debuting onscreen with a small role in Dirty Little Billy (1972), Nolte was 34 when he finally got his break in the acclaimed television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). His portrayal of Tom Jordache earned him an Emmy nomination and led to a starring role opposite Jacqueline Bisset in The Deep (1977). In addition to starring in the football exposé North Dallas Forty (1979), Nolte contributed to its screenplay, written by Peter Gent.Showing a marked preference for unusual and difficult films, it was not long before Nolte became known as a well-rounded actor who brought realism, depth, and spirit to even his most offbeat or even unsympathetic roles. Some of those parts include Beat author Neal Cassady in Heart Beat (1980), a homeless bum who helps a dysfunctional rich family in the hit comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), a family man attempting to come to grips with his family's traumatic past while falling in love with his therapist in The Prince of Tides (1991), a midwestern basketball coach in Blue Chips, and a world-weary detective in Mulholland Falls (1996).For a grim period in the late '80s, Nolte's career was threatened by his unrestrained drug and alcohol use, but a subsequent rehabilitation strengthened his career, paving the way for roles such as Jake McKenna in Oliver Stone's neo-noir thriller U-Turn (1997) and his Oscar-nominated turn as Sheriff Wade Whitehouse in Paul Schrader's Affliction (1997), a picture Nolte also executive produced. Following this triumph, Nolte further re-established his reputation as a major Hollywood player with his role in Terrence Malick's 1998 adaptation of James Jones' The Thin Red Line, headlining a cast including George Clooney, Sean Penn, and John Travolta. If the subsequent adaptation of author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s acclaimed novel Breakfast of Champions failed to capture the essence of the written word, Nolte still managed to offer an impressive performance in the following year's The Golden Bowl.At this point in his career Nolte could certainly be counted on to turn in compelling performances regardless of the project, which made the return of his former demons more tragic than ever. On the heels of a mesmerizing lead performance as an aging gambler in director Neil Jordan's The Good Thief (a remake of the Jean-Pierre Melville classic Bob le Flambeur), Nolte's arrest for driving under the influence in September of 2002 made headlines when it was discovered that he was under the influence of GHB. The disheveled mugshot that followed made him the butt of many a joke; Nolte would later credit the arrest for helping him to clean up his act and get back on track with his onscreen career. A late-night jam that found neighbors phoning police made headlines the following year, and the Hulk came and went with disappointing results.In the subsequent period, Nolte remained in good form, with idiosyncratic and fascinating roles. He triumphed in the spectacular late 2004 drama Hotel Rwanda, as the politically impotent Col. Oliver during the Rwandan genocide. Neophyte dire

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
13% Asthma
  • Werewolf
2015
46% A Walk In The Woods
  • Katz
$19.2M 2015
13% Return to Sender
  • Mitchell Wells
2015
0% The Ridiculous 6
  • Frank Stockburn
2015
50% Hateship Loveship
  • Mr. McCauley
2014
77% Noah
  • Samyaza
$101.2M 2014
54% The Company You Keep
  • Donal Fitzgerald
$5.2M 2013
41% Parker
  • Hurley
$17.7M 2013
31% Gangster Squad
  • Chief Parker
$46M 2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall
  • Bridges
2013
No Score Yet A puerta fría
  • Actor
2012
82% Warrior
  • Paddy Conlon
$13.7M 2011
14% Zookeeper
  • Bernie the Gorilla
$80.4M 2011
26% Arthur
  • Burt Johnson
$29.2M 2011
14% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Butch
$43.5M 2010
No Score Yet Arcadia Lost
  • Benerji
2010
No Score Yet My Own Love Song
  • Caldwell
2010
No Score Yet Nick Nolte: No Exit
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet King Shot
  • Actor
2009
12% The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
  • Joe "the Egg" Bechstein
$33.3k 2009
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Four Leaf Tayback
$110.5M 2008
81% Chicago 10
  • Thomas Foran
2008
80% The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Mulgarath
$71.2M 2008
44% A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre)
  • Elliot
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Vincent
$4.9M 2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
  • Narrator
2006
65% Off the Black
  • Ray Cook
2006
25% Peaceful Warrior
  • Socrates
$1M 2006
75% Over the Hedge
  • Vincent
$155.1M 2006
14% Neverwas
  • T.L. Pierson
2005
77% The Beautiful Country
  • Steve
$0.3M 2005
72% Clean
  • Albrecht Hauser
2005
90% Hotel Rwanda
  • Colonel Oliver
$23.5M 2004
90% This So-Called Disaster
  • Actor
2004
56% Northfork
  • Father Harlan
$1.3M 2003
61% Hulk
  • Dr. David Banner
$132.2M 2003
78% The Good Thief
  • Bob
$3.5M 2003
No Score Yet Investigating Sex
  • Producer
  • Faldo
2002
27% Trixie
  • Sen. Avery
2000
54% The Golden Bowl
  • Adam Verver
$2.2M 2000
25% Simpatico
  • Vinnie
1999
26% Breakfast of Champions
  • Harry Le Sabre
1999
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
1998
23% Nightwatch
  • Insp. Thomas Cray
1998
74% Afterglow
  • Lucky Mann
1997
59% U-Turn
  • Jake McKenna
1997
88% Affliction
  • Executive Producer
  • Wade Whitehouse
1997
64% Mother Night
  • Howard Campbell
1996
31% Mulholland Falls
  • Max Hoover
1996
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Thomas Jefferson
1995
20% I Love Trouble
  • Peter Brackett
1994
37% Blue Chips
  • Pete Bell
1994
61% I'll Do Anything
  • Matt
1994
94% Lorenzo's Oil
  • Augusto Odone
1992
98% The Player
  • Himself
1992
73% The Prince of Tides
  • Tom Wingo
1991
76% Cape Fear
  • Sam Bowden
1991
15% Another 48 Hrs.
  • Jack Cates
1990
87% Q & A
  • Capt. Michael Brennan
1990
17% Everybody Wins
  • Tom O'Toole
1990
73% New York Stories
  • Lionel Dobie
$10.8M 1989
55% Farewell to the King
  • Learoyd
1989
14% Three Fugitives
  • Daniel Lucas
1989
80% Weeds
  • Lee Umstetter
1987
71% Extreme Prejudice
  • Jack Benteen
1987
84% Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  • Jerry Baskin
1986
No Score Yet Grace Quigley (The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley)
  • Seymour Flint
1985
62% Teachers
  • Alex
1984
89% Under Fire
  • Russell Price
1983
92% 48 HRS
  • Jack Cates
1982
80% Cannery Row
  • Doc
1982
No Score Yet Heart Beat
  • Neal Cassady
1980
87% North Dallas Forty
  • Phil Elliott
1979
71% Who'll Stop the Rain
  • Ray Hicks
1978
33% The Deep
  • David Sanders
1977
No Score Yet Return to Macon County (The Last Escape)
  • Bo Hollinger
1975
No Score Yet The Runaway Barge
  • Roy Blount
1975
No Score Yet Death Sentence
  • John Healy
1974
No Score Yet The California Kid
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Dirty Little Billy
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
56% Graves
2016
  • Richard Graves
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
66% Gracepoint
2014
  • Jack Reinhold
  • 2014
87% Luck
2011-2012
  • Walter Smith Walter Smith "The Old Man"
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet 48 Hours
1988
  • Guest

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