Tim Blake Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson

Highest Rated: 97% Down from the Mountain (2001)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Institute (2017)

Birthday: May 11, 1964

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


Highest Rated Movies



83% Just Mercy Ralph Myers 2020
57% All Rise Leroy Sawicki 2020
No Score Yet Sequestrada Actor 2019
81% The Report Actor 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen Vice President Kirby 2019
No Score Yet All Rise Leroy Sawicki 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Torture Report Actor 2018
81% Colossal Actor $3.1M 2017
0% The Institute Dr. Lemelle 2017
92% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train Truman 2017
44% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Wayne $1.8M 2016
91% The Confirmation Vaughn 2016
26% Anesthesia Director Adam Zarrow Producer Screenwriter $22.9K 2016
9% Fantastic Four Harvey Elder $49.2M 2015
81% The Homesman The Freighter 2014
77% Kill the Messenger Alan Fenster $2.5M 2014
22% The Sound And The Fury Actor 2014
42% 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
38% 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
36% Yelling to the Sky Coleman 2012
89% Lincoln Richard Schell $129.5M 2012
57% Detachment Mr. Wiatt $49.4K 2012
75% Big Miracle Pat Lafayette $20.2M 2012
41% The Big Year Fuchs $7.2M 2011
17% Flypaper Peanut Butter $1.6K 2011
61% Leaves of Grass Director Producer Bolger Screenwriter $68.5K 2010
23% Saint John of Las Vegas Militant Ned $72.7K 2010
75% American Violet David Cohen $0.5M 2009
67% The Incredible Hulk Samuel Sterns $134.6M 2008
50% Bee Movie Actor $126.6M 2007
73% Fido Mr. Theopolis 2007
84% Come Early Morning Uncle Tim $50.7K 2006
58% The Astronaut Farmer Kevin Munchak $11M 2006
25% The Darwin Awards Perp 2006
26% Hoot "Curly" Brannit $8.1M 2006
No Score Yet Elvis on Elvis Director 2006
30% The Big White Gary 2005
73% 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
19% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie) Barney Macklehatton 2005
39% Meet the Fockers Officer Le Flore $279.2M 2004
62% The Last Shot Marshal Paris $0.4M 2004
22% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Jacobo $84.1M 2004
No Score Yet A Foreign Affair Actor 2004
34% Wonderland Bill Deverell 2003
78% Holes Dr. Pendanski $67.4M 2003
46% 2 Brothers & a Bride Jake Adams Executive Producer 2003
69% The Grey Zone Screenwriter Producer Director 2002
82% 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
58% Hamlet Flight Captain 2000
80% The Thin Red Line Pvt. Tills 1998
75% Eye of God Screenwriter Director 1997
88% Donnie Brasco FBI Technician 1997
78% Amateur Young Detective 1995
29% Heavyweights Camp Hope Salesman 1995
38% This Is My Life Dennis 1992


95% Watchmen
Det. Looking Glass 2019
No Score Yet Dallas & Robo
Voice 2018
90% Wormwood
Dr. Robert Lashbrook 2017
69% Z: The Beginning of Everything
Director 2017
80% Klondike
Meekor 2014
Casey Malick 2011
86% Modern Family
Hank 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Paulie Krill 2009


Delmar says: They... left... his... heart!

Delmar says: Gopher, Everett?

Marshal Paris says: You can't fool Hollywood. They can smell a fake a mile away.

Delmar says: Got a name, do you?

Delmar says: You work for the railroad, Grandpa?

Dr. Pendanski says: You wanna know why they call him Zero? Because there's nothin' inside his stupid little head!

Zero says: I like digging holes.

Dr. Pendanski says: Then you're in the right place.

Jelly says: I swear if you are a woman I'll marry you

Jelly says: I swear if you are a woman I'll marry you.

Peanut Butter says: Well, I ain't

Peanut Butter says: Well, I ain't.

The Doctor/The Minister/Indian Medicine Man/Roger Bob says: Happiness is actually just a matter of looking at life a little differently.

Gideon says: Careful, Chief. Dig up the past, all you get is dirty.

Ned says: You were a dude this whole time?

Dr. Jonathan Jacobo says: Of course, Dumbkoff!

Ned says: (Disgusted) But we cuddled!

Ned says: [disgusted] But we cuddled!

Fuchs says: I think I broke my arm

Fuchs says: I think I broke my arm.

Kenny Bostick says: Shhhhh... Shut up

Kenny Bostick says: Shhhhh... Shut up.

Delmar says: I'm with you fellas

Delmar says: I'm with you fellas.

Delmar says: (At Pete) We thought you were a toad!

Delmar says: [at Pete] We thought you were a toad!

Gideon says: In the outside they look peaceful, but in the outside, busy, busy, busy.

Gideon says: On the outside they look peaceful, but in the inside... Busy, busy, busy.

Pete says: ...eighty-four years old.

Pete says: Eighty-four years old.

Delmar says: I'll only be eighty-two!

Peanut Butter says: It's like extra sad when a hot chick dies.

Peanut Butter says: When an ugly chick dies, they like, probably sucked anyways. So it's no big deal.

Tripp says: Oh my god you like me.

Kaitlin says: I do not like you. Oh my god I do not like you.

Peanut Butter says: I really didn't think I had a shot.

Gideon says: In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.