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Nick Nolte

Nick NolteAKA Nicholas King Nolte

Born: 8-Feb-1941
Birthplace: Omaha, NE

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 48 Hours

Nick Nolte is at his best playing troubled eccentrics, or tough characters with or without a heart of gold. He has had a long big-screen career, in films from 48 Hrs with Eddie Murphy to Martin Scorsese's third of New York Stories, from Down and Out in Beverly Hills to Streisand's The Prince of Tides.

In college he played football, but ended up dropping out of four different schools. In 1962 he was convicted of selling counterfeit draft cards, and given a 45 years prison sentence, which the judge mercifully suspended. Nolte spent the next decade on probation, and became interested in acting when a friend took him to a local staging of Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman.

After several years on stage, building from small to leading roles in many, many local plays, Nolte's big break came with playwright William Inge's suicide. The famed author of Bus Stop and Splendor in the Grass took his own life on the opening night of Nolte's appearance in Inge's last play, The Last Pad, in Los Angeles. Of course, the suicide rattled everyone involved with the play, but it also sold a lot of tickets. The play got lots of attention, and Nolte got great reviews that led to TV work, and eventually to the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, which made him a star at 35. After doing many films for the money, he made a conscious decision in the mid-1990s to make only films he gave a damn about, films that "carry a moral jolt" or address "serious issues". For the past decade, Nolte has rarely worked in big-budget films, instead becoming a staple of small, independent films.

On the set of 1984's Grace Quigley with the legendary Katharine Hepburn, she berated Nolte for his perpetual drunkenness. He was long known as a heavy drinker and a constant user of recreational drugs. He seemed to clean up his act in the mid-1990s. Then, around the turn of the millennium, he became a health enthusiast, downing dozens of vitamin pills daily, monitoring his own blood under microscopes in his home, and studying all the information he could get about nutritional science.

In September 2002, he was arrested for driving under the influence of GHB. The arresting officer's report notes that Nolte was "completely out of it. He was drooling, [with] droopy eyes". Nolte's lawyer said he had ingested the drug unwittingly, as part of a "weight-lifting concoction". In 2004, Nolte was sued over the rape of a 15-year-old girl at his house, reportedly involving the drug GHB. Nolte was not home at the time, but was sued for negligence by the girl's parents, who allege that Nolte should have been "aware of the propensity" of a live-in security guard to provide "alcohol and/or drugs to minor children".

When he can't squirm out of doing publicity interviews, Nolte likes to show up in pajamas. Some of his best tales, though, are from the actor's imagination. For years, he has routinely lied to reporters whenever interviews begin to bore him. Nolte's best fiction includes the story of falling from a roof when he was ten and being impaled through the groin; undergoing cosmetic surgery on his testicles, living for several years in a Mexican brothel, misplacing his father's artificial leg in a tavern, and being functionally illiterate until his twenties.

Father: Frank Nolte (traveling salesman)
Mother: Helen King (buyer for department store)
Sister: Nancy Nolte (Red Cross executive)
Wife: Sheila Page (stage actress, m. 1966, div. 1971)
Wife: Sharyn Haddad (singer, m. 10-May-1978, div. 1983)
Wife: Rebecca Linger (m. 19-Feb-1984, separated 1991, div. 1997, one son)
Son: Brawley Nolte (actor, b. 20-Nov-1986)
Girlfriend: Karen Louise Ecklund (cohabited, 1970-77, sued for palimony)
Girlfriend: Debra Winger (actress, affair in 1992)
Girlfriend: Vicki Lewis (actress, cohabited 1994-2003)
Girlfriend: Clytie Lane (actress, cohabited since 2003, one daughter)
Daughter: (b. 3-Oct-2007 with Lane)

    High School: Benson High School, Omaha, NE
    High School: Westside High School, Omaha, NE
    University: Arizona State University (attended)
    University: Pasadena City College
    University: Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, AZ (attended)
    University: Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ (attended)

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Silver Hill Hospital Sep-2002
    Driving While Intoxicated driving on GHB in Malibu, CA (11-Sep-2002)
    Reckless Driving
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Smoking

    Luck Walter Smith (2011-)

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (5-Sep-2017) · Himself
    The Ridiculous 6 (6-Dec-2015)
    Return to Sender (22-May-2015)
    A Walk in the Woods (23-Jan-2015)
    Noah (10-Mar-2014)
    The Trials of Cate McCall (28-Nov-2013)
    Hateship Loveship (7-Sep-2013)
    Parker (23-Jan-2013)
    Gangster Squad (9-Jan-2013)
    The Company You Keep (6-Sep-2012)
    Warrior (9-Sep-2011) · Paddy Conlon
    Zookeeper (6-Jul-2011) · Bernie the Gorilla [VOICE]
    Arthur (8-Apr-2011) · Burt Johnson
    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (29-Jul-2010) · Butch [VOICE]
    My Own Love Song (7-Apr-2010) · Caldwell
    Tropic Thunder (13-Aug-2008)
    The Spiderwick Chronicles (31-Jan-2008)
    The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (20-Jan-2008)
    Chicago 10 (18-Jan-2007) [VOICE]
    Off the Black (19-Oct-2006)
    A Few Days in September (1-Sep-2006)
    Peaceful Warrior (2-Jun-2006) · Socrates
    Paris, je t'aime (18-May-2006)
    Over the Hedge (29-Apr-2006) [VOICE]
    Neverwas (9-Sep-2005) · T. L. Pierson
    Hotel Rwanda (11-Sep-2004)
    Clean (27-Mar-2004)
    The Beautiful Country (8-Feb-2004) · Steve
    Hulk (17-Jun-2003) · Father
    Northfork (21-Jan-2003) · Fr. Harlan
    The Good Thief (6-Sep-2002) · Bob Montagnet
    Investigating Sex (18-Apr-2002) · Faldo
    Trixie (28-Jun-2000)
    The Golden Bowl (14-May-2000) · Adam Verver
    Simpatico (15-Sep-1999)
    Breakfast of Champions (15-May-1999)
    The Thin Red Line (25-Dec-1998) · Lt. Col. Tall
    Affliction (28-Aug-1997) · Wade Whitehouse
    U Turn (27-Aug-1997) · Jake McKenna
    Afterglow (11-May-1997)
    Nightwatch (Feb-1997) · Insp. Cray
    Mother Night (14-Aug-1996) · Howard Campbell
    Mulholland Falls (26-Apr-1996) · Hoover
    Jefferson in Paris (31-Mar-1995) · Thomas Jefferson
    I Love Trouble (29-Jun-1994)
    Blue Chips (18-Feb-1994) · Pete
    I'll Do Anything (4-Feb-1994) · Matt Hobbs
    Lorenzo's Oil (30-Dec-1992) · Augusto Odone
    The Player (3-Apr-1992) · Himself
    The Prince of Tides (25-Dec-1991) · Tom Wingo
    Cape Fear (13-Nov-1991) · Sam Bowden
    Q & A (11-Jul-1990)
    Another 48 Hrs. (8-Jun-1990) · Jack Cates
    Everybody Wins (19-Jan-1990) · Tom O'Toole
    Farewell to the King (3-Mar-1989)
    New York Stories (1-Mar-1989)
    Three Fugitives (27-Jan-1989) · Lucas
    Weeds (16-Oct-1987)
    Extreme Prejudice (24-Apr-1987)
    Down and Out in Beverly Hills (31-Jan-1986)
    Teachers (5-Oct-1984)
    Grace Quigley (May-1984)
    Under Fire (21-Oct-1983) · Russell Price
    48 Hrs. (8-Dec-1982) · Jack Cates
    Cannery Row (12-Feb-1982) · Doc
    Heart Beat (25-Apr-1980)
    North Dallas Forty (3-Aug-1979) · Phillip Elliott
    Who'll Stop the Rain (2-Aug-1978) · Ray Hicks
    The Deep (17-Jun-1977) · David Sanders
    Rich Man, Poor Man (1-Feb-1976)
    Return to Macon County (3-Sep-1975)
    Death Sentence (2-Oct-1974)
    The California Kid (25-Sep-1974)
    Winter Kill (15-Apr-1974)

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