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  • Tim Blake Nelson Biography

    Born: May 11, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

    TIM BLAKE NELSON has appeared in over fifty films including Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Minority Report,” Louis Letterier’s “The Incredible Hulk,” Jay Roach’s “Meet the Fockers,” Steve Gaghan’s “Syriana,” Miguel Arteta’s “The Good Girl,” Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” the Coen Brother’s “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and the Emmy-winning HBO movie “Warm Springs” directed by Joseph Sargent.

    Nelson wrote, directed, and produced the film “Anesthesia.” It is an ensemble piece that follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University professor.  The cast includes Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, and Michael K. Williams.  Nelson also has a supporting role in the film.  

    Prior to “Anesthesia,” Nelson appeared in Tommy Lee Jones’s “The Homesman,” which stars Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, James Spader, and Jones.  Nelson also collaborated on a handful of films with James Franco.  He plays Henry Bukowski in “Bukowski,” directed by James Franco.  He stars opposite Franco in “The Sound and the Fury” and “As I Lay Dying,” both of which are based on William Faulkner novels.  “As I Lay Dying” was nominated in the “Un Certain Regard” category at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  He also appeared in Franco’s “Child of God.”  

    Nelson starred in Alexandre Moors’s Beltway sniper thriller “Blue Caprice” with Isaiah Washington and Joey Lauren Adams.  Blue Caprice premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The film was nominated for a 2014 Independent Spirit Award in the category, “Best First Feature.”

    In 2012, Nelson played lobbyist Richard Schell in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “Lincoln,” with Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sally Field.  In 2010, Nelson played a marine biologist opposite Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, and Ted Danson in Ken Kwapis’s “Everybody Loves Whales” for Working Title.  Nelson also worked on David Frankel’s Fox 2000 Pictures comedy “The Big Year” with Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black, “Sin Bin” with Michael Seater and Emily Mead, “Flypaper” opposite Ashley Judd and Patrick Dempsey, and “Yelling To The Sky,” directed by Victoria Mahoney.  “Yelling To The Sky” was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

    Nelson wrote, directed, and co-produced “Leaves of Grass,” which stars Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, and Richard Dreyfuss.  He also played a supporting role in the film, which premiered at the 2010 South By Southwest film festival and was released in August 2010.  

    In addition to “Leaves of Grass,” Nelson’s directorial credits include “The Grey Zone,” which he wrote, starring Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Allan Corduner and Natasha Lyonne.  It premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival and opened in October of the following year.  Based on his award winning play, it is a dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, special squads of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau.  The National Board of Review (2002) honored “The Grey Zone” with a “Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression.”

    Nelson also directed “O,” a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, which premiered at the 2001 Seattle Film Festival, where Nelson was awarded Best Director. The film stars Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer. Nelson’s directorial debut was the film “Eye of God,” based on a play he wrote.  The film, starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook and Kevin Anderson, screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in the United States later that year.  “Eye of God” received the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.  

    Nelson has also acted extensively in New York theatre.  A recent theater endeavor was the critically acclaimed play “Beard of Avon,” portraying William Shakespeare at the New York Theatre Workshop.  Nelson’s other credits include “Oedipus,” with Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup, “Troilus and Cressida,” “Les Bourgeois Avant-Garde,” Mac Wellman’s “Dracula,” “The Amazon’s Voice,” “An Imaginary Life,” “The Baltimore Waltz,” “Mad Forest,” “The Innocents Crusade,” “Richard III” and “Twelfth Night.”   As a playwright, his produced plays include the award-winning “The Grey Zone,” “Eye of God” and “Anadarko.”

    Nelson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is a graduate of Brown University and the Julliard Theater Center.  He resides in New York City with his wife and three sons.  


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