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