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Also Known As: Nicholas King Nolte Died:
Born: February 8, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor, producer, model, ironworker

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Hollywood leading man Nick Nolte built a solid career playing a wide range of roles, but where the actor really stood out was 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 going back to the well for "Another 48 Hours" (1990). 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...

Hollywood leading man Nick Nolte built a solid career playing a wide range of roles, but where the actor really stood out was 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 going back to the well for "Another 48 Hours" (1990). 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..

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Milestones close milestones

1963:
Auditioned for the Pasadena Playhouse at age 23
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Moved to Phoenix, AZ when parents separated; took Allen Dutton's photography course at Phoenix College
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Joined Actors Inner Circle Theatre in Phoenix
1968:
Joined Old Log Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
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Began modeling for runway and print ads; his face appeared on the Clairol box for several years
1971:
Moved to New York City, appeared at Cafe La Mama
1973:
Moved to Los Angeles to reprise his Phoenix stage performance in William Inge's "The Last Pad" (Inge committed suicide four days before the play's opening night in LA); his performance won him an agent and some film and TV work
1973:
TV debut in "The Framing of Billy the Kid" episode of "Griff" (ABC)
1974:
Appeared on the TV pilot "Winter Kill" (ABC)
1975:
Feature film debut in "Return to Macon County"
1976:
Gained attention for role as black sheep Tom Jordache in TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC); earned Emmy nomination
1978:
Played drug-smuggling Vietnam vet in "Who'll Stop the Rain"; film adapted from Robert Stone's novel <i>Dog Soldiers</i>
1979:
Delivered a Super Bowl-level performance as disillusioned pro wide receiver in "North Dallas Forty"
1982:
Starred opposite Debra Winger in "Cannery Row"
1982:
Held his own opposite Eddie Murphy (in his screen debut) in "48 Hours"
1983:
Portrayed Russell Price, a 30-year-old photographer covering the Nicaraguan revolution, in "Under Fire"; director Roger Spottiswoode also wrote "48 Hours" screenplay
1986:
Gave memorable performance as a bum who wreaks havoc in the home of a rich couple in Paul Mazursky's "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"
1989:
Portrayed a New York artist in "Life Lessons," the Martin Scorsese directed segment of the anthology film "New York Stories"; first screen collaboration with Scorsese
1990:
Reteamed with Debra Winger for the bomb "Everybody Wins"; Arthur Miller's first screenplay since "The Misfits"
1990:
Re-teamed with Murphy to reprise their roles in "Another 48 Hours"
1990:
Found himself waist-deep in NYC police department corruption in Sidney Lumet's "Q&A"
1991:
Reteamed with Scorsese for the remake of "Cape Fear"; played the role Gregory Peck created in 1962 original
1991:
Co-starred with Barbra Streisand (also directed) in "The Prince of Tides"; received Oscar nomination as Best Actor
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Formed production company Kingsgate Films
1992:
Starred opposite Susan Sarandon in "Lorenzo's Oil"
1994:
Cast as hard-driving college basketball coach in "Blue Chips"; scripted by Ron Shelton who also wrote "Under Fire"
1995:
Played Thomas Jefferson in the Merchant-Ivory production "Jefferson in Paris"
1996:
Starred in "Mother Night," the film adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel
1997:
Played a sexy, lovable old bear opposite Julie Christie in Alan Rudolph's "Afterglow"
1998:
Won strong notices for his superb performance as a middle-aged, small-town man becoming unhinged in Paul Schrader's "Affliction"; also executive produced; received second Best Actor Oscar nomination
1998:
Appeared in star-studded remake of "The Thin Red Line," directed by Terence Malick
1999:
Played a cross-dressing car salesman in "Breakfast of Champions," directed by Alan Rudolph
1999:
Co-starred opposite Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone in the drama feature "Simpatico," based on the play by Sam Shepard
2000:
Had featured role as a politician involved in a scandal in "Trixie"; helmed by Rudolph
2000:
Cast as an American billionaire in the Merchant-Ivory "The Golden Bowl"; adapted from the Henry James novel
2000:
Returned to stage acting opposite Sean Penn in Sam Shepard's play "The Late Henry Moss"
2001:
Reteamed with Rudolph for "Investigating Sex"
2003:
Starred as a gambler in the comedy "The Good Thief"
2003:
Cast as the father of scientist-turned-monster in Ang Lee's adaptation of the comic book "Hulk"
2004:
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
2006:
Appeared in the Alfonso CuarĂ³n directed "Parc Monceau" segment of the anthology film "Paris, je t'aime"
2006:
Voiced a bear named Vincent in the animated comedy "Over the Hedge," based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis
2006:
Cast as a mentor in Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"
2008:
Voiced Mulgrath in the fantasy feature "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
2008:
Co-starred in the Ben Stiller directed action comedy "Tropic Thunder"
2009:
Appeared in the film version of Michael Chabon's novel "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh"
2010:
Appeared in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
2011:
Co-starred in remake of "Arthur" opposite Russell Brand
2011:
Acted opposite Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy in action drama "Warrior"
2012:
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Gary Stevens on horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO); show cancelled March 2012 during season two production, following death of third horse on set.
2012:
Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
2013:
Portrayed LAPD chief Bill Parker opposite Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in crime drama "Gangster Squad"
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Education

Benson High School: Omaha , Nebraska -
Arizona State University: Tempe , Arizona -
Eastern Arizona College: Thatcher , Arizona -
Pasadena City College: Pasadena , California -
Phoenix College: Phoenix , Arizona -
Westside High School: Omaha , Nebraska - 1959
Stella Adler Studio: Los Angeles , California - 1961

Notes

"Early on I decided that I was going to lie to the press. The best approach to talking about my personal life was to lie. And, so that's what I did basically, I'll be honest. Yeah, I lied. I've told a lot of different things. If I were doing a football picture, I became a football player and said my background was, extensively, a football player. I went to this college and that college and that college. None of it was true. And then it became kind of a habit, because quite frankly, there is no objectivity in this."--Nick Nolte quoted in New York Post, October 25, 1996.

Nolte was arrested September 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, three days after his arrest, Nolte entered the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., where both Billy Joel and Mariah Carey were treated in recent months.

On December 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 has said the actor inadvertently consumed the drug while taking a weightlifting supplement that may have contained it. After the proceedings, Nolte was asked what he had to say to his fans. He said: "Don't drink and drive."

"I've been in psychiatry for years," he explains, "and I came to the conclusion, I think last week, that basically my problem is that I don't know a good person when I see them. It's a matter of perception, to be able to see normalcy. I see the extremes. But when you get involved with the extremes, you're off on a journey towards... kinda hell, you know? So I've kinda given up that, and tried to learn about it, too."---Nolte to Filmstew.com, April 3, 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sheila Page. Actor. First wife; married in 1966; divorced in 1971; her second marriage.
companion:
Karen Louise Eklund. Actor. Together for seven years; sued Nolte for palimony in 1977; suit settled out of court.
wife:
Sharon Haddad. Dancer. Married on May 10, 1978 in Las Vegas NV; divorced in 1983.
companion:
Debra Winger. Actor. Had relationship while the two were starring in "Cannery Row" (1982).
wife:
Rebecca Linger. Third wife; married on February 19, 1984, separated in autumn 1990 but reconciled briefly around Thanksgiving 1991; divorced in 1991; born c. 1959; doctor's daughter from Charleston, WV; shortly after marriage, gave birth to a stillborn baby girl; mother of Brawley Nolte.
companion:
Vicki Lewis. Actor. Met during the filming of "I'll Do Anything"; together from 1994.
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father:
Frank Nolte. Itinerant irrigation-pump salesman. All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934.
mother:
Helen Nolte. Department store buyer.
sister:
Nancy Nolte. Executive with the Red Cross. Older.
son:
Brawley King Nolte. Actor. Born in 1986; mother Becky Linger; acted with father in "Mother Night" and was featured in "Ransom".
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