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As an actor, TIM BLAKE NELSON is perhaps best known for playing Delmar opposite George Clooney and John Turturro in the Coen brothers' 0 BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? Nelson recently wrapped production on A FOREIGN AFFAIR, written and directed by Dutch filmmakers Geert Heetebrij and Helmut Schleppi, in which he stars opposite David Arquette. He also stars opposite Jon Voight in HOLES, which will be released by Disney in January 2003.

Most recently, Nelson was seen in CHERISH, directed by Finn Taylor, which screened in the Dramatic Competition at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and in Twentieth Century Fox's Steven Spielberg-helmed MINORITY REPORT, co-starring Tom Cruise, Samantha Morton and Cohn Farrell.

As a director, Nelson recently directed O, the controversial screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello, starring Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett and Julia Stiles. Nelson's THE GREY ZONE, which he wrote and directed, stars Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Mira Sorvino, David Arquette, Allan Corduner and Natasha Lyonne. It made its debut at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival to great acclaim. THE GREY ZONE is a dramatic story of the Sonderkommandos, special squads of Jews who processed corpses in the crematoria at Birkenau. Shot in Bulgaria, it is based on Nelson's award-winning play and will be released by Lions Gate Films on October 11,2002.

Nelson's debut as a filmmaker was the drama EYE OF GOD, which he also wrote. Starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, and Kevin Anderson, the film had its world premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the U.S. later that year. The film received the top award at the 1997 Seattle Film Festival, as well as the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival.

Nelson's other screen acting credits include Terrence Malick's THE THIN RED LINE, Mike Newell's DONNIE BRASCO, Hal Hartley's AMATEUR, Nora Ephron's THIS IS MY LIFE and Larry McMurtry's "Dead Man's Walk."


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