Tim Blake Nelson

Playwright, Director, Screenwriter
As a multitalented creative force, equally adept at absurdist comedy and soul-searching drama, Tim Blake Nelson carved out a successful career as a writer, director and accomplished actor. Despite years spent struggling ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA


Actor (63)

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)

Adam Zarrow (Actor)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk 2016 (Movie)

Wayne (Actor)

Colossal 2016 (Movie)


The Confirmation 2016 (Movie)

Vaughn (Actor)

Crimson Peak 2015 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

Fantastic Four 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Allen (Actor)

Black Dog, Red Dog 2014 (Movie)


Bukowski 2014 (Movie)

Henry Charles Bukowski (Actor)

Child of God 2014 (Movie)

Sheriff Fate (Actor)

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

Alan Fenster (Actor)

Klondike 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

Freighter (Actor)

Adventures in the Sin Bin 2013 (Movie)

Officer Totsch (Actor)

As I Lay Dying 2013 (Movie)

Anse (Actor)

Blue Caprice 2013 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Snake and Mongoo$e 2013 (Movie)

McAllister (Actor)

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

Pat Lafayette (Actor)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Wiatt (Actor)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Richard Schell (Actor)

Yelling to the Sky 2012 (Movie)

Coleman (Actor)

Chaos 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Peanut Butter (Actor)

Modern Family 2011 (Tv Show)


The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Fuchs (Actor)

Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)

Bolger (Actor)

Saint John of Las Vegas 2010 (Movie)

Militant Ned (Actor)

American Violet 2009 (Movie)

David Cohen (Actor)

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

Samuel Sterns (Actor)

Fido 2007 (Movie)

Mr Theopolis (Actor)

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

Barney Macklehatton (Actor)

The Astronaut Farmer 2007 (Movie)

Kevin Munchak (Actor)

Come Early Morning 2006 (Movie)

Uncle Tim (Actor)

Hoot 2006 (Movie)

Curly Branitt (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)

Noah Beach Killer (Actor)

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)


Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Danny Dalton (Actor)

The Big White 2005 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

A Foreign Affair 2004 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Officer Le Flore (Actor)

My Suicidal Sweetheart 2004 (Movie)

The Doctor/The Minister/Indian Medicine Man/Roger Bob (Actor)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

Jacobo (Actor)

The Last Shot 2004 (Movie)

Marshal Paris (Actor)

Bereft 2003 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

Holes 2003 (Movie)

Dr Pendanski (Actor)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

Billy Deverell (Actor)

Cherish 2002 (Movie)

Daly (Actor)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Gideon (Actor)

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

Bubba (Actor)

Down From the Mountain 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

Flight Captain (Actor)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Delmar (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Private Tills (Actor)

Donnie Brasco 1997 (Movie)

FBI Technician (Actor)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Cockroach (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Amateur 1995 (Movie)

Young Detective (Actor)

Heavyweights 1995 (Movie)

Camp Hope Salesman (Actor)

House of Buggin' 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Hardcore TV 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

Dennis (Actor)

The Unnaturals 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)


Stranger on My Land (TV Show)


Warm Springs (TV Show)

Director (8)

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)


Miracles and Other Wonders 1992 - 1993, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)


The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)


O 2001 (Movie)


Eye of God 1997 (Movie)


Kansas 1997 (Movie)


Ancient Secrets of the Bible, Part II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Writer (7)

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)


Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)


The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

(Play: THE GREY ZONE) (Source Material)

Eye of God 1997 (Movie)


Eye of God 1997 (Movie)

(Source Material)

Eye of God 1997 (Movie)

("Eye of God") (Play as Source Material)
Producer (4)

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)


Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)


A Foreign Affair 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Knockaround Guys 2002 (Movie)

Photo Double (Photography)
Editor (1)

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Music (1)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

("In the Jailhouse Now") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

comedic consultant (Consultant)


As a multitalented creative force, equally adept at absurdist comedy and soul-searching drama, Tim Blake Nelson carved out a successful career as a writer, director and accomplished actor. Despite years spent struggling to find his footing on screen, Nelson was a successful playwright and stage performer, earning awards and critical acclaim for his work, including "Eye of God" and "The Grey Zone." He began to make strides on television in sketch comedy shows like "The Unnaturals" (HA!-CTV, 1990-92) and "Hardcore TV" (HBO, 1993), but ultimately steered himself towards features. It was not until his breakout performance playing a doltish escaped convict in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) that he finally began to gain proper notice. He earned praise all around for directing a film version of "The Grey Zone," a unique look at the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of Jews who helped the Nazis. After 2002, however, Nelson settled into playing mostly small, quirky and often forgotten characters in low-budget indies that were barely released in theaters. But he was positioned to gain new attention with a major role in "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), promising to remind audiences of his multifaceted talents.


Lisa Benavides Actor

Married in 1994

Ruth Nelson



Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1986
Received the Workman-Driscoll Award for Excellence in Classical Studies

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1990



Appeared in the comedy "The Confirmation ."


Appeared in the crime drama "Kill the Messenger"


Appeared in the experimental adaptation of "As I Lay Dying."


Portrayed politician Richard Schell opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"


Cast alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle


Landed a supporting role in "The Big Year"


Directed, wrote, and co-starred in "Leaves of Grass"


Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in "The Astronaut Farmer"


Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble drama "Southland Tales"


Co-starred in Joey Lauren Adams' screenwriting and directing debut "Come Early Morning"


Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno


Co-starred with George Clooney and Matt Damon in the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer


Cast opposite Robin Williams in "The Big White"


Starred alongside David Arquette and Emily Mortimer in "A Foreign Affair"


Cast opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the comedy "The Last Shot"


Appeared as the unlikely love interest in the quirky independent film "Cherish"


Had a small but notable part in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report"


Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in the critically hailed "The Good Girl"


Directed the prep school-set "Othello" update "O"


Adapted the screenplay of his play "The Grey Zone" for the big screen; also directed and edited; released theatrically in U.S. in 2002


Had small role in a modern feature adaptation of "Hamlet," directed by Michael Almereyda


Co-starred with George Clooney and John Turturro as an escapted con in the Coen Brothers 1930s-set "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"


Played Private Tillis in Terrence Malick's adaptation of "The Thin Red Line"


Starred in the prison-set drama "Andarko" with David Patrick Kelly


Wrote and directed the short "Kansas"


Was an FBI technician in the crime thriller "Donnie Brasco"


Wrote and directed the acclaimed independent drama "Eye of God," based on his own play


Produced "The Grey Zone," at New York City's Manhattan Class Company (MCC) Theater


Was featured in the ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk"


Made guest appearance on John Leguizamo's short-lived comedy-variety show "House of Buggin'"


Starred as Thersites in the Delacourt Theater production of "Troilus and Cressida"


Played a detective in Hal Hartley's "Amateur"


Featured in the stage production "An Imaginary Life" at Playwrights Horizons in New York City


Appeared on episodes of HBO's sketch comedy "Hardcore TV"


Appeared in the off-Broadway staging of Caryl Churchill's play "Mad Forrest" alongside Calista Flockhart and Juilliard classmate Jake Weber


Played a comedian compatriot of Julie Kavner's Dottie in Nora Ephron's "This Is My Life"


Was writer and performer on the sketch comedy show "The Unnaturals" (HA! TV Comedy Network and CTV: The Comedy Network)

Raised in Tulsa, OK

Bonus Trivia


Parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.


Was made an honorary member of the University of Tulsa's Beta of Oklahoma chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national collegiate honor society.


Won a Lortel Award for his holocaust themed play, "The Grey ."