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Tim Blake Nelson

Highest Rated:   100% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)
Lowest Rated:   9% Fantastic Four (2015)
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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 (200

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% Colossal
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Institute
  • Dr. Lemelle
2017
No Score Yet Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
  • Actor
2017
100% Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
  • Truman
2017
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
  • Wayne
2016
91% The Confirmation
  • Vaughn
2016
28% Anesthesia
  • Director
  • Adam Zarrow
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2016
No Score Yet Z
  • Director
2015
9% Fantastic Four
  • Harvey Elder
2015
81% The Homesman
  • The Freighter
2014
78% Kill the Messenger
  • Alan Fenster
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
2013
83% Blue Caprice
  • Ray
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
2012
57% Detachment
  • Mr. Wiatt
2012
73% Big Miracle
  • Pat Lafayette
2012
40% The Big Year
  • Fuchs
2011
17% Flypaper
  • Peanut Butter
2011
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Bolger
2010
24% Saint John of Las Vegas
  • Militant Ned
2010
74% American Violet
  • David Cohen
2009
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Samuel Sterns
2008
51% Bee Movie
  • Actor
2007
73% Fido
  • Mr. Theopolis
2007
83% Come Early Morning
  • Uncle Tim
2006
57% The Astronaut Farmer
  • Kevin Munchak
2006
25% The Darwin Awards
  • Perp
2006
26% Hoot
  • "Curly" Brannit
2006
30% The Big White
  • Gary
2005
72% Syriana
  • Danny Dalton
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
2004
61% The Last Shot
  • Marshal Paris
2004
21% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • Jacobo
2004
No Score Yet A Foreign Affair
  • Actor
2004
34% Wonderland
  • Bill Deverell
2003
77% Holes
  • Dr. Pendanski
2003
46% 2 Brothers & a Bride
  • Executive Producer
  • Jake Adams
2003
68% The Grey Zone
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
81% The Good Girl
  • Bubba
2002
90% Minority Report
  • Gideon
2002
51% Cherish
  • Daly
2002
64% O
  • Director
2001
97% Down from the Mountain
  • Actor
2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Delmar O'Donnell
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
80% Klondike
2014
  • Meekor
70% Z: The Beginning of Everything
2015
  • Director
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Paulie Krill
47% CHAOS
2011
  • Casey Malick
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Hank

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