Nick Nolte

Actor, Producer, Model
Hollywood leading man Nick Nolte built a solid career playing a wide range of roles, but the actor really stood out when he inhabited characters whose rough exterior belied a complex, sensitive world within. He was ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1941 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA


Actor (91)

Graves 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


A Walk in the Woods 2015 (Movie)

Stephen Katz (Actor)

Asthma 2015 (Movie)

Werewolf (Voice)

Return to Sender 2015 (Movie)

Mitchell Wells (Actor)

Death Warrior 2014 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Gracepoint 2014 (Tv Show)


Hateship Loveship 2014 (Movie)

Mr. McCauley (Actor)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

Samyaza (Actor)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

Chief Parker (Actor)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

Hurley (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Donal Fitzgerald (Actor)

The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 (Movie)

Bridges (Actor)

Luck 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Arthur 2011 (Movie)

Burt Johnson (Actor)

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Bernie the Gorilla (Voice)

Warrior 2011 (Movie)

Paddy Conlon (Actor)

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Butch (Actor)

My Own Love Song 2010 (Movie)


Arcadia Lost 2009 (Movie)


The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 2009 (Movie)

Joe Bechstein (Actor)

Chicago 10 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Thomas Foran (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Tropic Thunder 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

Mulgarath (Actor)

Tropic Thunder 2008 (Movie)

John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Parc Monceau") (Actor)

Rain of Madness 2007 (Movie)

John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Actor)

A Few Days in September 2006 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Clean 2006 (Movie)

Albrecht Hauser (Actor)

Off the Black 2006 (Movie)

Ray Cook (Actor)

Over the Hedge 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Vincent (Actor)

Peaceful Warrior 2006 (Movie)

Socrates (Actor)

Beautiful Country 2005 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

T.L. Pierson (Actor)

Hotel Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

Colonel Oliver (Actor)

This So-Called Disaster 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hulk: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Northfork 2003 (Movie)

Father Harlan (Actor)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

The Hulk 2003 (Movie)

Dr David Banner (Actor)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

Adam Verver (Actor)

Investigating Sex 2000 (Movie)

Faldo (Actor)

Trixie 2000 (Movie)

Senator Drummond Avery (Actor)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Harry Le Sabre (Actor)

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Simpatico 1999 (Movie)

Vincent 'Vinnie'T Webb (Actor)

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

Wade Whitehouse (Actor)

Nightwatch 1998 (Movie)

Inspector Thomas Cray (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Tall (Actor)

Afterglow 1997 (Movie)

Lucky 'Fix-It' Mann (Actor)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Jake McKenna (Actor)

Mother Night 1996 (Movie)

Howard Campbell (Actor)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Hoover (Actor)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

Thomas Jefferson (Actor)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Pete Bell (Actor)

I Love Trouble 1994 (Movie)

Peter Brackett (Actor)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Matt Hobbs (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

Augusto Odone (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Sam Bowden (Actor)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

Tom Wingo (Actor)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

Detective Jack Cates (Actor)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

Tom O'Toole (Actor)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

Mike Brennan (Actor)

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

Sergeant Learoyd (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Lionel Dobie (Actor)

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

Daniel Lucas (Actor)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Jack Benteen (Actor)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Lee Umstetter (Actor)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

Jerry Baskin (Actor)

Grace Quigley 1985 (Movie)

Seymour Flint (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Detective Jack Cates (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

Russell Price (Actor)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

Neal Cassady (Actor)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

Phillip Elliott (Actor)

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

Ray Hicks (Actor)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

David Sanders (Actor)

Adams of Eagle Lake 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Death Sentence 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Return to Macon County 1975 (Movie)

Bo Hollinger (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)


The California Kid (TV Show)


The Runaway Barge (TV Show)


Winter Kill (TV Show)

Producer (2)

Arcadia Lost 2009 (Movie)


Affliction 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)


Hollywood leading man Nick Nolte built a solid career playing a wide range of roles, but the actor really stood out when he inhabited characters whose rough exterior belied a complex, sensitive world within. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his breakout role in the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC, 1975) and went on to enjoy box office success with "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and the huge action-comedy hit "48 Hours" (1982), one of his most recognized roles. Nolte delivered a memorable turn in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986) before he stepped into Gregory Peck's shoes for Martin Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear" (1991) and received an Oscar nomination for his leading role in "The Prince of Tides" (1991). A second Academy Award nod came his way with his performance in "Affliction" (1998), though his career was briefly overshadowed by his DUI arrest in 2002 and the media saturation of his embarrassing mug shot. The lingering effects cursed Nolte's next few efforts, though he regained respect with "The Good Thief" (2003), "Hotel Rwanda" (2004) and the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder" (2008), proving his best years were far from being behind him.


Karen Eklund

Lived together for seven years Eklund sued Nolte for palimony in 1977; suit settled out of court No longer together

Sharyn Haddad

Married March 10, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV Divorced in 1983

Clytie Lane

Longtime girlfriend Gave birth to their daughter Sophie Lane on Oct. 3, 2007

Vicki Lewis Actor

Met during the filming of "I'll Do Anything" in 1993 Lived together from 1994-97 No longer together

Rebecca Linger

Married Feb. 19, 1984 Shortly after marriage, gave birth to a stillborn baby girl; mother of Brawley Nolte Divorced in 1994

Brawley Nolte Actor

Born June 20, 1986; mother, Rebecca Linger Acted with father in "Mother Night" (1996) and "Affliction" (1997)

Frank Nolte

All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934

Helen Nolte


Nancy Nolte

Worked with the Red Cross

Sheila Page

Married in 1966 Divorced in 1970

Debra Winger Actor

Briefly dated while the two were starring in "Cannery Row" (1982) No longer together


Stella Adler Studio

Los Angeles , California 1961
Studied acting with Bryan O'Byrne

Pasadena City College

Pasadena , California
Attended on a football scholarship

Phoenix College

Phoenix , Arizona
Attended on a football scholarship

Studied acting with John Paul

Arizona State University

Tempe , Arizona
Attended on a football scholarship

Benson High School

Omaha , Nebraska
Played quarterback until junior year; transferred to Westside High

Westside High School

Omaha , Nebraska 1959

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher , Arizona
Attended on a football scholarship



Starred opposite Robert Redford in "A Walk in the Woods," based on the memoir by Bill Bryson


Co-starred in Fox miniseries "Gracepoint," an American adaptation of UK police procedural "Broadchurch"


Co-starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in indie drama "The Trials of Cate McCall"


Portrayed LAPD chief Bill Parker opposite Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in crime drama "Gangster Squad"


Co-starred with Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime drama "Parker" based on the Richard Stark novels


Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Gary Stevens on horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO)


Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"


Co-starred in remake of "Arthur" opposite Russell Brand


Acted opposite Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy in action drama "Warrior"


Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"


Appeared in the film version of Michael Chabon's novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh"


Co-starred in the Ben Stiller-directed action comedy "Tropic Thunder"


Voiced Mulgrath in the fantasy feature "The Spiderwick Chronicles"


Cast as a mentor in Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"


Voiced a bear named Vincent in the animated comedy "Over the Hedge," based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis


Appeared in the Alfonso Cuarón-directed "Parc Monceau" segment of the anthology film "Paris, je t'aime"


Co-starred with Don Cheadle in Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda," based on the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda


Cast as the father of scientist-turned-monster in Ang Lee's adaptation of the comic book "Hulk"


Starred as a gambler in the comedy "The Good Thief"


Reteamed with Rudolph for "Investigating Sex"


Returned to stage acting opposite Sean Penn in Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"


Had featured role as a politician involved in a scandal in "Trixie"; helmed by Alan Rudolph


Cast as an American billionaire in the Merchant-Ivory "The Golden Bowl"; adapted from the Henry James novel


Played a cross-dressing car salesman in "Breakfast of Champions," directed by Alan Rudolph


Co-starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone in the drama "Simpatico," based on the play by Sam Shepard


Appeared in war drama "The Thin Red Line," directed by Terence Malick


Won second Oscar nomination for his performance as a middle-aged, small-town man in Paul Schrader's "Affliction"; also executive produced


Starred opposite Julie Christie in Alan Rudolph's romantic drama "Afterglow"


Starred in "Mother Night," adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel


Played Thomas Jefferson in the Merchant-Ivory production "Jefferson in Paris"


Cast as hard-driving college basketball coach in "Blue Chips"


Starred opposite Susan Sarandon in "Lorenzo's Oil"


Reteamed with Scorsese for the remake of "Cape Fear"; played the role Gregory Peck created in 1962 original


Co-starred with Barbra Streisand in "The Prince of Tides"; received Oscar nomination as Best Actor


Starred in Sidney Lumet's police corruption drama "Q&A"


Reteamed with Debra Winger for "Everybody Wins"; Arthur Miller's first screenplay since "The Misfits"


Reunited with Eddie Murphy in "Another 48 Hours"


Portrayed a New York artist in "Life Lessons," the Martin Scorsese-directed segment of the anthology film "New York Stories"


Starred as a bum who wreaks havoc in the home of a rich couple in Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"


Portrayed Russell Price, a photographer covering the Nicaraguan revolution, in "Under Fire"


Starred opposite Debra Winger in "Cannery Row"


Played opposite Eddie Murphy (in his screen debut) in action comedy "48 Hours"


Co-starred as disillusioned pro wide receiver in "North Dallas Forty"


Played drug-smuggling Vietnam vet in "Who'll Stop the Rain"; film adapted from Robert Stone's novel Dog Soldiers


Gained attention in Emmy-nominated role as black sheep Tom Jordache in TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC)


Made feature film debut in "Return to Macon County"


Appeared in the TV pilot "Winter Kill" (ABC)


Moved to Los Angeles to reprise his Phoenix stage performance in William Inge's "The Last Pad," gaining an agent and some film and TV work


Made TV debut in an episode of ABC series "Griff"


Joined Old Log Theatre in Minneapolis, MN


Auditioned for the Pasadena Playhouse at age 23

Joined Actors Inner Circle Theatre in Phoenix

Formed production company Kingsgate Films

Bonus Trivia


In 1962, Nolte was convicted of a felony. He received a suspended sentence of five years in jail and a $75,000 fine for selling counterfeit government property (fake draft cards).


Early in his acting career, Nolte also worked as a model; his face appeared on the Clairol hair color box for several years.


Nolte was arrested Sept. 11, 2002 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, after a CHP officer observed Nolte swerving his 1992 Mercedes-Benz into opposing traffic near his Malibu home. Nolte was cited and released.


On Sept. 14, 2002, three days after his arrest, Nolte entered a rehab program at the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT. On Dec. 12, 2002, Nolte pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of the 'date rape' drug GHB and was placed on three years' probation with orders to remain in drug rehabilitation for 90 days. Nolte's attorney said the actor inadvertently consumed the drug while taking a weightlifting supplement that may have contained it.


"I have a lot of scars, man. My mother said that a man is not a man unless he has a scar on his face. And what she meant by a scar was some kind of battle that you had to go through, whether it was psychological or physical. To her, a scar was actually beautiful and not something that marred you." -- Men's Journal, April 2012


"I never liked the Oscars. They didn’t do too much for me at all. I felt like a big, vulnerable hunk of baloney being used to sell some products. They asked me once to be a presenter, and I said, "Yeah, I’d love to be. You give me one quarter of one half percent of profits." "No, Mr. Nolte, everybody does this for free." I said, "Yes, I know, and you’re the biggest show on TV, bigger than the Super Bowl. You can share one quarter of one half percent." And that was it." --


"I didn’t see my dad again until the end of 1945 or early ’46. I remember the excitement of everybody saying, "Hey, your dad’s coming home." And I was like, "What’s a Dad?" There was a knock at the front door and this guy was standing there but I didn’t know who he was. He was just skin and bone, a skeleton—6’6" and weighed maybe 170 pounds. He had malaria, and every jungle disease you can imagine. I’d go up and sit in the rocking chair by his bed and listen to him try to breathe. My only thought was this: Wherever he’s been, whatever he’s experienced, I never want to experience." -- GQ, January 28, 2015