Sean Nelson

Actor
Bronx-born Sean Nelson turned 13 shortly before beginning principal photography on his debut film, writer-director Boaz Yakin's "Fresh" (1994). Prior to that, he had made his TV debut in a 1992 episode of the NBC series ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1980 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deliver Us From Evil 2014 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Elementary 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Orphan King 2014 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Touchy Feely 2013 (Movie)

Grateful Man (Actor)

Stake Land 2011 (Movie)

Marine Willie (Actor)

The Freebie 2010 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Treatment 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1994, 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

ESU One (Actor)

My Effortless Brilliance 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Premium 2007 (Movie)

Austin Price (Actor)

Miracle's Boys 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jury 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Year That Trembled 2003 (Movie)

Phil Robbins (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

Nat Andrews (Actor)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

Young Mike (Actor)

New York Undercover 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

Donny (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fresh 1994 (Movie)

Fresh (Actor)

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Aibobo: Farewell, Demon Idol 1992 (Movie)

Matheiu Celestin (Actor)

The Corner (TV Show)

Actor
Music (5)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

("Authenticity") (Song)

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

("Flagpole Sitta") (Song)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

("Flagpole Sitta") (Song)

Disturbing Behavior 1998 (Movie)

("Flagpole Sitta") (Song)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

("Troubleneck Wreck") (Song)
Writer (2)

Treatment 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Effortless Brilliance 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

Dancing With the Stars 2011 (Tv Show)

Gaffer
Director (1)

Treatment 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Bronx-born Sean Nelson turned 13 shortly before beginning principal photography on his debut film, writer-director Boaz Yakin's "Fresh" (1994). Prior to that, he had made his TV debut in a 1992 episode of the NBC series "Here and Now" and appeared off-Broadway in a production of "Hey Little Walter" at Playwrights Horizons, but neither of these efforts presaged the impressive performance to come in "Fresh". Though he had little dialogue as the savvy Brooklyn street kid who works after school as a drug runner, Nelson appeared in practically every scene, garnering rave notices for his harrowing portrait of an incredibly resourceful, tragically deprived child who applies the rules of chess to real life. A blank slate most of the time, Fresh finally cracks after enacting retribution against the system destroying the lives of those he loves. This haunting last image of lost innocence, shattered by the carnage he has precipitated, is what stayed with audiences, serving notice that this was an actor to watch.

Relationships

Sonia Nelson

Mother

Aubrey Nelson

Father
has shop in Queens, New York

Teron Nelson

Brother
born c. 1992

Sharif Nelson

Sister
older served as one of Sean's guardians on set of "American Buffalo"

EDUCATION

Professional Performing Arts School

New York , New York
enrolled in fall 1994

Lola Louis Creative and Performing Arts Studio

Bronx , New York
began attending c. 1987; Louis encouraged him to take acting lessons and got him work in local plays until she felt he was ready for a regular agent

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Our Savior Lutheran Church School

Bronx , New York
left in the spring of 1994

Milestones

2000

Played a drug dealer from Baltimore in the HBO minseries "The Corner", directed by Charles S. Dutton and adapted from a book by David Simon

1999

Cast as the teenage incarnation of Omar Epps' Mike, the ostensible lead and narrator of "The Wood", directed by Rick Famuyiwa

1998

Portrayed a preacher's son in "Stranger in the Kingdom"

1996

Acted in the feature "American Buffalo" alongside Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz

1994

On the cop-show circuit, acted in episodes of "New York Undercover" (Fox), "Law & Order" and "Homicide: Life in the Street" (both NBC)

1994

Film acting debut in Boaz Yakin's "Fresh" at age 13

1994

Broadway acting debut in the Circle in the Square revival of "The Shadow Box"

1992

TV acting debut in NBC sitcom "Here and Now", starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Had recurring role as Jesse Bayliss, appearing in eight episodes of NBC's "Sisters"

Made stage debut in "Hey Little Walter" at Playwrights Horizon

At the suggestion of Nelson's kindergarten teacher, parents allowed him to sing in church

Studied at Lola Louis Creative and Performing Arts Studio in the Bronx; Louis encouraged Nelson to study acting and helped him to land parts in local productions so he could hone his craft until she thought he was ready to audition for agents

Bonus Trivia

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"He was so subtle, I didn't get it at first. He is an instinctive film actor--everything is internalized." --"Fresh" director Boaz Yakin quoted in Us, August 1994.

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On working with Dustin Hoffman in the film version of "American Buffalo": "I don't think I was taller than him, but he still wanted a platform or a stool to stand on whenever we had a scene together." --Sean Nelson to Kenya Dilday in Detour Magazine, November 1996.

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"I think his future is extremely bright. He's as talented, if not more, as all the hot young actors around at the moment. He has the potential to be Tom Cruise, someone who started out young and went all the way. He could be as big a star as anybody out there."In this business, there are a lot of temptations for a young man, and he'll have to deal with those. But he's very levelheaded, and he has a very supportive family--his mother was on the L.A. set (of 'The Wood') every day." --Rick Famuyiwa quoted in New York Post, August 7, 1999.

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