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Also Known As: Alessandro Antine Nivola Died:
Born: June 28, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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This grandson of acclaimed Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola began his acting career while still an undergraduate at Yale, landing the plum leading role in a Seattle production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold... and the Boys." After college, Alessandro Nivola became a rising stage star thanks to his work in regional theater and his 1995 Broadway debut as the young lover of Helen Mirren in "A Month in the Country." Inevitably, film and television roles were offered; the handsome, light-haired actor appeared in the 1996 NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'" and landed his first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in "Inventing the Abbotts" before landing his breakthrough part as Nicolas Cage's paranoid schizophrenic brother in John Woo's "Face/Off" (both 1997). Nivola adopted a flawless British accent to play a mystery man from Rachel Weisz's past in "I Want You" (1998), directed by Michael Winterbottom. The chameleonic actor continued to add to his gallery of characters appearing in the thriller "Best Laid Plans" and again as an Englishman in Patricia Rozema's screen version of yet another Jane Austen novel "Mansfield Park" (both 1999).

This grandson of acclaimed Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola began his acting career while still an undergraduate at Yale, landing the plum leading role in a Seattle production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold... and the Boys." After college, Alessandro Nivola became a rising stage star thanks to his work in regional theater and his 1995 Broadway debut as the young lover of Helen Mirren in "A Month in the Country." Inevitably, film and television roles were offered; the handsome, light-haired actor appeared in the 1996 NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's 'The Ring'" and landed his first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in "Inventing the Abbotts" before landing his breakthrough part as Nicolas Cage's paranoid schizophrenic brother in John Woo's "Face/Off" (both 1997). Nivola adopted a flawless British accent to play a mystery man from Rachel Weisz's past in "I Want You" (1998), directed by Michael Winterbottom. The chameleonic actor continued to add to his gallery of characters appearing in the thriller "Best Laid Plans" and again as an Englishman in Patricia Rozema's screen version of yet another Jane Austen novel "Mansfield Park" (both 1999).

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 Wizard of Lies (2017)
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 Day Out of Days (2015)
6.
 Devil's Knot (2014)
7.
 Selma (2014)
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 American Hustle (2013)
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 Bomb (2013)
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2005:
Co-starred in independent southern drama "Junebug"
1999:
Played the King of Navarre in Kenneth Branagh's musicalized version of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost"
1999:
Starred opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Best Laid Plans"
2007:
Reprised role for sequel "Goal! 2: Living the Dream..."
2008:
Co-starred with Jessica Alba in supernatural thriller remake "The Eye"
1998:
Adopted a British accent to play a mystery man from Rachel Weisz's past in "I Want You"
2003:
Cast opposite Julia Stiles in romantic comedy "Carolina"
1998:
Filmed role in support of Brooke Shields in TV movie "The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery" (CBS)
2009:
Co-starred opposite Audrey Tautou in biographical drama "Coco Before Chanel"; learned to speak French for role
2011:
Played a fading rock star opposite Abigail Breslin in drama "Janie Jones"
2012:
Acted opposite Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, and Annette Bening in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"
2015:
Had a recurring role on "Doll & Em"
2016:
Had an uncredited role in Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller "The Neon Demon"
2017:
Played a senator in Lynne Ramsay's Jonathan Ames adaptation "You Were Never Really Here"
1997:
Landed first film role as Joanna Going's preppy husband in "Inventing the Abbotts"
2006:
Played a British soccer player in Danny Cannon's "Goal! The Dream Begins"
2004:
Starred opposite Robert Redford and Helen Mirren in "The Clearing"
1994:
Received generally strong notices for performance as a young Brit in Long Wharf Theater production of "Paddywack"
1996:
Made TV-acting debut in the NBC miniseries "Danielle Steel's The Ring"
1997:
Delivered breakthrough screen role as Nicolas Cage's paranoid schizophrenic brother in John Woo's "Face/Off"
1995:
Made Broadway debut as Helen Mirren's young lover in "A Month in the Country"
2001:
Landed a featured role in "Jurassic Park III"
2002:
Played a rock singer involved with his record producer, played by Frances McDormand, in "Laurel Canyon"
1999:
Returned to the stage opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "As You Like It"
2010:
Cast in "Howl," a biographical feature on Allen Ginsberg with James Franco in lead role
2010:
Appeared in off-Broadway play "A Lie of the Mind," directed by Ethan Hawke
2013:
Was featured in David O. Russell's ensemble crime drama "American Hustle"
2014:
Played Peter Forente in the '80s-set crime drama "A Most Violent Year"
2014:
Appeared in Ava DuVernay's civil rights film "Selma"
2018:
Was cast opposite Rachel McAdams in romantic drama "Disobedience"
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford, England -
Phillips Exeter Academy: Exeter, New Hampshire -
Yale University: New Haven, Connecticut - 1994

Notes

"I spent my life trying to hide the fact I went to prep school and to Yale but people still like to cast me as a WASPy twit." --Allesandro Nivola quoted in INTERVIEW, June 1997

On working with Nicolas Cage in "Face/Off", Nivola told USA TODAY (June 27, 1997): "Our personalities matched well. We both had a weird appreciation for bizarre things. . . . Before, I'd been a lot more timid. Working with Nic made me feel like everything was possible."

"Early on in New York, because of my name, I was constantly being called in to audition for roles as bricklayers. And after 'Face/Off', people knew me as this strange fellow I played. My agents would submit my name and people would say 'Well, isn't he--I mean, he's like Rain Man!' I went through a period where I had to meet everyone in town, look them in the eye and show them that I am a functional human being. Now, though, I think people can alter that first impression." --Nivola quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 13, 1998

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companion:
Rachel Weisz. Actor. Met during filming of "I Want You" in 1997; no longer together.
wife:
Emily Mortimer. Actor. Met during filming of "Love's Labor's Lost"; married January 3, 2003.

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grandfather:
Constantino Nivola. Sculptor, art professor. Sardinian; taught at Harvard in the 1950s; born on July 5, 1911; died in 1988 on Long Island, New York.
grandmother:
Ruth Nivola. Artist.
father:
Pietro S Nivola. Professor. Taught political science at Harvard.
brother:
Adrian Nivola. Painter. Younger.
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