A two-time Academy Award® nominee, Nick Nolte (David Banner) has sustained a discernible level of integrity throughout his career, leading him to the biggest role of his life—international super-stardom, and to his role as producer of many of the projects in which he appears under the banner of his production company, Kingsgate Films.
With the ability to masterfully portray
a wide range of roles, Nolte most recently starred in Neil Jordan’s
crime caper, The Good Thief. Nolte also re-teamed with director Alan
Rudolph to film Investigating Sex, in which he starred opposite Neve
Campbell and Robin Tunney. He will also soon be seen in the Polish Brother’s
Nolte returned to his stage acting roots recently when he starred along with Sean Penn in the stage production of Sam Shepherd’s The Late Henry Moss.
In recent years, Nolte has successfully added to his credit top contending films such as Paul Schrader’s Affliction (for which he received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Independent Film nominations for Best Actor); Oliver Stone’s U-Turn (co-starring Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez); Afterglow, produced by Robert Altman; Jefferson in Paris, where he portrayed Thomas Jefferson; Martin Scorsese’s thriller remake, Cape Fear; and The Prince of Tides, in which he starred opposite Barbra Streisand, received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor and won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe as Best Actor. He starred opposite Julia Roberts in I Love Trouble and as a basketball coach in director William Friedkin’s Blue Chips. Additionally, Nolte starred in I’ll Do Anything for writer/director James Brooks and in the critically acclaimed Lorenzo’s Oil, opposite Susan Sarandon.
His production company Kingsgate currently has in development: White Jazz by James Ellroy, with a script by the author based on his best-selling film noir novel; and The Last Magic Summer, an adaptation of the Peter Gent novel of the same name. Upcoming on Nolte’s and Kingsgate’s schedule is Best of Enemies, a film based on the true story of the relationship between a Klansman and a militant African-American woman in South Carolina during the early 1960s.
Nolte, an Omaha, Nebraska native, played college football before he discovered theatre and began his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse. He then studied briefly with Bryan O’Byrne at Stella Adler’s Academy in Los Angeles. He then traveled for several years performing in regional theaters.
Landing a breakthrough role in the legendary television series Rich Man, Poor Man marked the beginning for Nolte, launching him into international fame. Following its success, he made his feature film debut starring in The Deep opposite Jacqueline Bisset.
Diversity of character became Nolte’s signature in his early film career, with roles as a: drugsmuggling Vietnam veteran in Who’ll Stop the Rain; disillusioned football star in North Dallas Forty (which he developed with author Peter Gent); free-spirited Beat-era writer Neal Casady in Heart Beat; and reclusive marine biologist in Cannery Row.
Nolte continued to challenge himself with such character roles as the philosophical vagrant in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, a tough cop in 48 Hrs., an American photo-journalist in Under Fire and a determined lawman in Extreme Prejudice. He created another unique character in Weeds, as an ex-con turned playwright.
Other Nolte film credits include Three Fugitives, Farewell to the King, Scorsese’s segment of New York Stories, Karel Reisz’ Everybody Wins and Sidney Lumet’s Q&A.
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