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Tim Blake Nelson

Highest Rated:   97% Down from the Mountain (2001)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Institute (2017)
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Birthplace:   Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
An accomplished playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, former classics major Tim Blake Nelson is perhaps most familiar to the movie audience as the hilariously dim Delmar in Joel and Ethan Coen's goofy Oscar-nominated comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).Born in Oklahoma, Nelson attended college at Brown University where he became a Latinist in the classics department. Opting for the arts over academia, Nelson headed to New York after college, studying acting at Juilliard and embarking on an Obie Award-winning career as a stage writer. After making his film debut in Nora Ephron's freshman directorial effort This Is My Life (1992), Nelson occasionally appeared in films throughout the 1990s, playing small roles in Hal Hartley's Amateur (1994), the Al Pacino/Johnny Depp mob drama Donnie Brasco (1997), and Terrence Malick's radiant anti-war anti-epic The Thin Red Line (1998). Along with film acting, Nelson turned to filmmaking with the screen adaptation of his play Eye of God (1997), a somber rural drama about a woman's marriage to a pious ex-con with a violent past, which earned positive notice at the Sundance Film Festival. Because of his ability to handle difficult questions of violence and create an ominous mood out of the everyday, Nelson was asked to helm the modernized, teen version of Shakespeare's Othello, retitled O (2001). Shot in 1999, O languished on the shelf in the wake of a series of high school shootings, deemed an inappropriate release because of its violent denouement. In the meantime, Nelson's friend Joel Coen offered him one of the starring roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. As comfortable playing rural comedy as directing rural drama, Nelson shined as the dimmest of a trio of hare-brained fugitives in the Coen brothers' shaggy-dog 1930s Southern Odyssey. After his successful stint with the Coens' light-hearted movie, Nelson returned squarely to downbeat material, directing the screen adaptation of his play The Grey Zone (2001). A drama about the only armed revolt at Auschwitz, The Grey Zone was already hitting the film-festival circuit when Lionsgate removed O from its Miramax purgatory, releasing it in August 2001. Impressing some critics with its central performances and evocative Southern Gothic atmosphere (if not always with all aspects of the adaptation), O confirmed Nelson's ability to translate his concern with the complex motivations for (and fall out from) violence to the film medium. Back to being an actor for hire, Nelson scored a summer 2002 hat trick with roles in one glossy big studio blockbuster and two well-regarded independent releases. In Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002), Nelson stood out (albeit a bit too much for some critical tastes) as the oddball, organ-playing guardian of the imprisoned "pre"-killers captured by Precrime hotshot Tom Cruise. Refraining from such theatrical eccentricity, Nelson garnered more positive reviews for his turn as a shy technician charged with servicing house arrestee Robin Tunney's ankle bracelet in the singular indie romance Cherish (2002), and as John C. Reilly's doltish, stoner best friend and co-worker in Miguel Arteta's dark comedy The Good Girl (2002). Nelson's roles proliferated through the first years of the new millennium -- he averaged around six to eight A-list features per year, the number doubtless heightened by Nelson's status as a character actor and his resultant tendency to gravitate to bit parts in lieu of leading roles. For the first several years after The Good Girl, Nelson's roles included, among others: Dr. Jonathan Jacobo, the "pterodactyl ghost" in Raja Gosnell's Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004); Danny Dalton, a representative of the oil company Killen, in Stephen Gaghan's muckraking drama Syriana (2005); and Tom Loyless, the supervisor of a polio treatment center revitalized by F.D.R., in Joseph Sargent's superior telemovie Warm Springs (2005). Nelson then appeared as Curly Branitt, an entrepreneur determi

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Colossal
  • Actor
$3.1M 2017
0% The Institute
  • Dr. Lemelle
2017
94% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
  • Truman
2017
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Wayne
$1.8M 2016
91% The Confirmation
  • Vaughn
2016
28% Anesthesia
  • Screenwriter
  • Adam Zarrow
  • Director
  • Producer
$22.9k 2016
No Score Yet Z
  • Director
2015
9% Fantastic Four
  • Harvey Elder
$49.2M 2015
81% The Homesman
  • The Freighter
2014
78% Kill the Messenger
  • Alan Fenster
$2.5M 2014
22% The Sound And The Fury
  • Actor
2014
41% Child Of God
  • Sheriff Fate
2014
No Score Yet Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power
  • Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
2014
No Score Yet Adventures in the Sin Bin
  • Officer Totsch
2013
41% As I Lay Dying
  • Anse Bundren
$15.5k 2013
83% Blue Caprice
  • Ray
$91.6k 2013
80% Snake & Mongoo$e
  • Mike McAllister
2013
No Score Yet Black Dog, Red Dog
  • Actor
2013
40% Yelling to the Sky
  • Coleman
2012
90% Lincoln
  • Richard Schell
$129.5M 2012
57% Detachment
  • Mr. Wiatt
$49.4k 2012
73% Big Miracle
  • Pat Lafayette
$20.2M 2012
40% The Big Year
  • Fuchs
$7.2M 2011
17% Flypaper
  • Peanut Butter
$1.6k 2011
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Bolger
$68.5k 2010
24% Saint John of Las Vegas
  • Militant Ned
$72.7k 2010
74% American Violet
  • David Cohen
$0.5M 2009
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Samuel Sterns
$134.6M 2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Actor
$126.6M 2007
73% Fido
  • Mr. Theopolis
2007
83% Come Early Morning
  • Uncle Tim
$50.7k 2006
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Kevin Munchak
$11M 2006
25% The Darwin Awards
  • Perp
2006
26% Hoot
  • "Curly" Brannit
$8.1M 2006
30% The Big White
  • Gary
2005
72% Syriana
  • Danny Dalton
$50.9M 2005
No Score Yet Bereft
  • Denis
2005
No Score Yet Warm Springs
  • Tom Loyless
2005
No Score Yet My Suicidal Sweetheart (Crazy for Love)
  • Doctor
2005
15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
  • Barney Macklehatton
2005
39% Meet the Fockers
  • Officer Le Flore
$279.2M 2004
61% The Last Shot
  • Marshal Paris
$0.4M 2004
21% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Jacobo
$84.1M 2004
No Score Yet A Foreign Affair
  • Actor
2004
34% Wonderland
  • Bill Deverell
2003
77% Holes
  • Dr. Pendanski
$67.4M 2003
46% 2 Brothers & a Bride
  • Executive Producer
  • Jake Adams
2003
68% The Grey Zone
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2002
81% The Good Girl
  • Bubba
$13.8M 2002
90% Minority Report
  • Gideon
$132.1M 2002
51% Cherish
  • Daly
$0.2M 2002
64% O
  • Director
$15.6M 2001
97% Down from the Mountain
  • Actor
2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Delmar O'Donnell
$45.2M 2000
56% Hamlet
  • Flight Captain
2000
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Pvt. Tills
1998
74% Eye of God
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
87% Donnie Brasco
  • FBI Technician
1997
75% Amateur
  • Young Detective
1995
29% Heavyweights (Heavy Weights)
  • Camp Hope Salesman
1995
42% This Is My Life
  • Dennis
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
69% Z: The Beginning of Everything
2015
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
80% Klondike
2014
  • Meekor
  • 2014
47% CHAOS
2011
  • Casey Malick
  • 2011
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Hank
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Paulie Krill
  • 2009

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