Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

Actor
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Life Story

Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), playing the role of "Tom/Tommy Jordache". Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle-aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds.

 
Family

Clytie Lane (8 September 2016 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia

He, along with Christopher Walken, were both considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
In 1962, Nolte was convicted for selling fake draft cards and was sentenced to a seventy-five year jail sentence and a $75,000 fine. He was suspended under the terms of the Youth Corrections Act and was on probation throughout the length of the Vietnam War. He was warned by the judge that if he was arrested for any other crime he would be jailed under the original conviction terms.
In 1978, Karen Ecklund, his girlfriend of five years, sued him for community property and support.
Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role in Q & A (1990).
Currently resides in Malibu, California.
Parents are Franklin Arthur and Helen Nolte.
Nolte was a heavy drinker until 1990. When Katharine Hepburn accused him of falling down drunk in every gutter in town, he replied: "I've got a few to go yet.".
In 1992, he was chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
In September 2002, he checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for counseling after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Malibu, California, a few days earlier. Tests later showed that he was under the influence of GHB, the "date rape" drug.

 

Personal Quotes 

[at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, on the "obscene" amounts being paid to actors] It's sick. I want nothing to do with it.
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.
I've made a lot of mistakes and I don't regret any of them. Sometimes, that's the only way you learn.
America is in a difficult position right now. It has so much wealth, it has become obese and gluttonous. It will change but it has to get through this time now. It's not that I wish I was not from America. It just goes through these peculiar times. I could live anywhere. But I wouldn't want to abandon a country just because it's being silly. I'll do what we did in 1968, and try and change it and get some sense into it.
There's nothing in the United States to do except the independents. Certainly not in the studios. It's a situation where films are made for $100m and they knock out all competition. Their audiences are eight to 20. It feels silly being a 60-plus year-old man in those films, which are basically cartoons and high technology.
You convince yourself you can fix the screenplay, because there's a lot of money involved. But you can never make it work. If the script has a hole in it, it will always have that hole.
I didn't stay in a popular vein. I never really got stamped like that. I worked very hard to keep changing my image.
There's an understanding about addiction. It's just learning about yourself. Either things are tough and you detach yourself or it becomes an experiment and a lifestyle. The thing about addiction is that you don't feel things. It's about cutting the pain off, whether it's physical or psychological.
There's always a bit of catharsis in filmmaking in general, in the arts. We're really all alone. We can't ever get inside another person's spirit, and see the world they do. So we are alone in that sense. The only way we have to communicate feelings is through words. I became obsessed about that.

 
 
Filmography

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