Alessandro Nivola

Actor
This grandson of acclaimed Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola began his acting career while still an undergraduate at Yale, landing the plum leading role in a Seattle production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold. .. and ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1972 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Day Out of Days 2015 (Movie)

Liam (Actor)

A Most Violent Year 2014 (Movie)

Peter Forente (Actor)

Bomb 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Devil's Knot 2014 (Movie)

Terry Hobbs (Actor)

Dizzy Heights 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

Bob Rowe (Actor)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

John Doar (Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

Anthony Amado (Actor)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

Roland (Actor)

Janie Jones 2011 (Movie)

Ethan Brand (Actor)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Luther Nichols (Actor)

Who Do You Love 2010 (Movie)

Leonard Chess (Actor)

Coco Before Chanel 2009 (Movie)

Boy Capel (Actor)

Turning Green 2009 (Movie)

Bill the Bookie (Actor)

Goal! 2 2008 (Movie)

Gavin (Actor)

The Eye 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Paul Faulkner (Actor)

$5 a Day 2007 (Movie)

Flynn (Actor)

Grace is Gone 2007 (Movie)

John Phillips (Actor)

The Company (TNT) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl in the Park 2007 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

Goal! The Dream Begins 2006 (Movie)

Gavin Harris (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Andrew Prior (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)

(cameo) (Actor)

Junebug 2005 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Clearing 2004 (Movie)

Tim Hayes (Actor)

Carolina 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

Jurassic Park III 2001 (Movie)

Billy Brennan (Actor)

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

The King of Navarre (Actor)

Timecode 2000 (Movie)

Joey Z (Actor)

Best Laid Plans 1999 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

I Want You 1999 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Mansfield Park 1999 (Movie)

Henry Crawford (Actor)

Reach the Rock 1998 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Danielle Steel's 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

Pollux Troy (Actor)

Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

Peter Vanlaningham (Actor)
Producer (1)

Doll & Em 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Producer

Biography

This grandson of acclaimed Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola began his acting career while still an undergraduate at Yale, landing the plum leading role in a Seattle production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold. .. and the Boys". After college, Alessandro Nivola became a rising stage star thanks to his work in regional theater and his 1995 Broadway debut as the young lover of Helen Mirren in "A Month in the Country". Inevitably, film and television roles were offered; the handsome, light-haired actor appeared in the 1996 NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'" and landed his first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in "Inventing the Abbotts" before landing his breakthrough part as Nicolas Cage's paranoid schizophrenic brother in John Woo's "Face/Off" (both 1997). Nivola adopted a flawless British accent to play a mystery man from Rachel Weisz's past in "I Want You" (1998), directed by Michael Winterbottom. The chameleonic actor continued to add to his gallery of characters appearing in the thriller "Best Laid Plans" and again as an Englishman in Patricia Rozema's screen version of yet another Jane Austen novel "Mansfield Park" (both 1999).

Relationships

Virginia Davis

Mother
Descendent of Jefferson Davis

Emily Mortimer Actor

Wife
Met during filming of "Love's Labor's Lost" (2000) Married Jan. 3, 2003

Pietro Nivola

Father
Taught at Harvard Wrote 1999 book Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America

Sam Nivola

Son
Born Sept. 26, 2003; mother, Emily Mortimer

Adrian Nivola

Brother
Attended Phillips Exeter Academy; earned English degree from Yale University

Constantino Nivola

Grandfather
Born July 5, 1911; Sardinian; taught at Harvard in 1950s Died 1988

Ruth Nivola

Grandfather
Jewish refugee from Germany

Rachel Weisz Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "I Want You" (1997) No longer together

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

Oxford , England
Attended for one semester during undergraduate studies

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1994
Began acting while an undergraduate

Milestones

2012

Acted opposite Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, and Annette Bening in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"

2011

Played a fading rock star opposite Abigail Breslin in drama "Janie Jones"

2010

Appeared in off-Broadway play "A Lie of the Mind," directed by Ethan Hawke

2010

Cast in "Howl," a biographical feature on Allen Ginsberg with James Franco in lead role

2009

Co-starred opposite Audrey Tautou in biographical drama "Coco Before Chanel"; learned to speak French for role

2008

Co-starred with Jessica Alba in supernatural thriller remake "The Eye"

2007

Reprised role for sequel "Goal! 2: Living the Dream..."

2006

Played a British soccer player in Danny Cannon's "Goal! The Dream Begins"

2005

Co-starred in independent southern drama "Junebug"

2004

Starred opposite Robert Redford and Helen Mirren in "The Clearing"

2003

Cast opposite Julia Stiles in romantic comedy "Carolina"

2002

Played a rock singer involved with his record producer, played by Frances McDormand, in "Laurel Canyon"

2001

Landed featured role in "Jurassic Park III"

1999

Returned to the stage opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "As You Like It"

1999

Played the King of Navarre in Kenneth Branagh's musicalized version of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost"

1999

Starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Best Laid Plans"

1998

Adopted a British accent to play a mystery man from Rachel Weisz's past in "I Want You"

1998

Filmed role in support of Brooke Shields in TV movie "The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery" (CBS)

1997

Landed first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in "Inventing the Abbotts"

1997

Delivered breakthrough screen role as Nicolas Cage's paranoid schizophrenic brother in John Woo's "Face/Off"

1996

TV acting debut, NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's The Ring"

1995

Made Broadway debut as Helen Mirren's young lover in "A Month in the Country"

1994

Received generally strong notices for performance as a young Brit in Long Wharf Theater production of "Paddywack"

As a teenager, worked as an intern at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT

Early professional role, Seattle production of "Master Harold...and the Boys"; landed part while still a student at Yale

Bonus Trivia

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"I spent my life trying to hide the fact I went to prep school and to Yale, but people still like to cast me as a WASPy twit." – Nivola quoted in Interview, June 1997

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On working with Nicolas Cage in "Face/Off," Nivola told USA TODAY (June 27, 1997): "Our personalities matched well. We both had a weird appreciation for bizarre things. Before, I'd been a lot more timid. Working with Nic made me feel like everything was possible."

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"Early on in New York, because of my name, I was constantly being called in to audition for roles as bricklayers. And after 'Face/Off,' people knew me as this strange fellow I played. My agents would submit my name and people would say 'Well, isn't he – I mean, he's like Rain Man!' I went through a period where I had to meet everyone in town, look them in the eye and show them that I am a functional human being. Now, though, I think people can alter that first impression." – Nivola quoted in The New York Times, Sept. 13, 1998

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