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Also Known As: Tim Nelson, Timothy Blake Nelson, Tim Blake Died:
Born: May 11, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Profession: playwright, director, screenwriter, actor, editor

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Anesthesia (2014)
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  O (2001) Director
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  Grey Zone, The (2001) Director
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  Kansas (1998) Director
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  Eye of God (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Anesthesia (2014)
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 Bukowski (2014)
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 Homesman, The (2014)
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 Blue Caprice (2013)
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 Big Miracle (2012)
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 Lincoln (2012)
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 Sin Bin (2012)
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Raised in Tulsa, OK
1990:
Was writer and performer on the sketch comedy show "The Unnaturals" (HA! TV Comedy Network and CTV: The Comedy Network)
1992:
Appeared in the off-Broadway staging of Caryl Churchill's play "Mad Forrest" alongside Calista Flockhart and Juilliard classmate Jake Weber
1992:
Played a comedian compatriot of Julie Kavner's Dottie in Nora Ephron's "This Is My Life"
1993:
Appeared on episodes of HBO's sketch comedy "Hardcore TV"
1993:
Featured in the stage production "An Imaginary Life" at Playwrights Horizons in New York City
1994:
Played a detective in Hal Hartley's "Amateur"
1995:
Starred as Thersites in the Delacourt Theater production of "Troilus and Cressida"
1995:
Made guest appearance on John Leguizamo's short-lived comedy-variety show "House of Buggin'"
1996:
Was featured in the ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk"
1996:
Produced "The Grey Zone," at New York City's Manhattan Class Company (MCC) Theater
1997:
Wrote and directed the acclaimed independent drama "Eye of God," based on his own play
1997:
Was an FBI technician in the crime thriller "Donnie Brasco"
1998:
Wrote and directed the short "Kansas"
1998:
Starred in the prison-set drama "Andarko" with David Patrick Kelly
1998:
Played Private Tillis in Terrence Malick's adaptation of "The Thin Red Line"
2000:
Had small role in a modern feature adaptation of "Hamlet," directed by Michael Almereyda
2000:
Co-starred with George Clooney and John Turturro as an escapted con in the Coen Brothers 1930s-set "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
2001:
Directed the prep school-set "Othello" update "O"
2001:
Adapted the screenplay of his play "The Grey Zone" for the big screen; also directed and edited; released theatrically in U.S. in 2002
2002:
Appeared as the unlikely love interest in the quirky independent film "Cherish"
2002:
Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston in the critically hailed "The Good Girl"
2002:
Had a small but notable part in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report"
2004:
Starred alongside David Arquette and Emily Mortimer in "A Foreign Affair"
2004:
Cast opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the comedy "The Last Shot"
2005:
Co-starred with George Clooney and Matt Damon in the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer
2005:
Cast opposite Robin Williams in "The Big White"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno
2006:
Co-starred in Joey Lauren Adams' screenwriting and directing debut "Come Early Morning"
2007:
Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton in "The Astronaut Farmer"
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble drama "Southland Tales"
2010:
Directed, wrote, and co-starred in "Leaves of Grass"
2011:
Landed a supporting role in "The Big Year"
2012:
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
2012:
Portrayed politician Richard Schell opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
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Education

Brown University: Providence , Rhode Island - 1986
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1990

Notes

"You have a color here, a color there. Certain colors are echoed, certain colors appear only once, and if you've done your job as a writer and director, it's coherent in the end." --Nelson to the Brown Alumni Magazine, March 1998.

Tim Blake Nelson on what he learned about filmmaking from Terrence Malick: "I was with a man who seemed to be screaming in his gentle, quiet, and completely unpretentious manner, that nothing would ever be more important in my life as a filmmaker than simply directing and editing the films I'd make. Whatever existed outside those two realms was politics and ego, both of which are usually destructive. While I have neither the temperment nor the temerity to shun as much of the world as Terry does, I learned an incredible amount from this man, and, in the best ways, more of it concerned being a good human being than being a good director." --quoted in "Year in the Life", a 1998 feature on filmmakers at Sundance.com.

"I have a cold aesthetic. I don't like schmaltz." --Nelson to Time, January 15, 2001.

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