The actor. Famous for his roles in “Cape Fear” and “Rich man, poor man”, among others, turns 80. In 2018 he published a biography in which he talked about his problems with alcohol and other drugs.
Nick Nolte saw success in the 1970s and has continued to perform ever since. Among the titles that made him famous are “Rich man, poor man”, “Cape Fear” and “The Prince of Tides.”
Among the latest posters to feature his name are the Star Wars universe series, “The mandalorian,” and the movie, “The last words.” In 2018, the actor published a biography in which he talked about his problems with alcohol and other drugs.
From football to acting. Nicholas King Nolte was born in February 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. During his childhood he moved on different occasions until they finally settled in Omaha, the city in which he was born.
There, his good work on the high school football team earned him a scholarship to Arizona State University.
It was not the only university he attended, although he did not finish his studies. According to an American media, Nolte was practically starting the course and the sports season at a different junior university.
In the early sixties he landed in California and got a job in Los Angeles. It was around this time that he became interested in theater.
“My interest did not come from watching movies,” the actor told the New York Times in 1991, “I hadn’t seen any plays. It came from within ”.
In 1963, according to different reports, Nolte joined a theater group in Phoenix, the city to which his mother moved after divorcing his father.
In 1973, he returned to Los Angeles with the production of “The Last Pad”, by William Inge. His big break came in 1976, when he was 35 years old, with the role of Tom Jordache in the television miniseries “Rich man, poor man.”
From there to stardom. After that, Nolte’s screen appearances became more common. During the seventies he shot different films such as “Who’ll stop the rain” in 1978 or “North Dallas Forty” in 1979.
In the late eighties and early nineties he was praised for roles such as the one he played in 1991’s “Cape Fear,” directed by Martin Scorsese.
“Nick Nolte has never played a character like the one he will find in November at the beginning of Martin Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 thriller ‘Cape Fear,'” read a New York Times story published that year.
In 1991 he participated in “The prince of tides”, his first Oscar nomination.
His figure in the shadow
Not everything is light in Nolte’s life. The actor whom People magazine chose in 1992 as “the sexiest man alive in the world” is known for his addictions and some unfortunate episodes.
When he played Sam Bowden in “Cape of Fear,” he was recovering from his alcoholism. In the 1960s, the actor was sentenced to 45 years in jail and a $ 75,000 fine for selling false government documents.
Finally, the sentence was suspended. In 2002 he ended up in jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.