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TIM BLAKE NELSON has become one of Hollywood's most durable character actors, with a gallery of big screen roles as diverse as the dimwitted Delmar opposite George Clooney and John Turturro in the Coen Brothers' whimsical Depression-era comedy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the mysterious organ-playing warden of a ‘precrime' prison in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller, Minority Report, and the bumbling friend in Miguel Arteta's acclaimed The Good Girl opposite Jennifer Aniston.

Debuting on the motion picture screen in Nora Ephron's 1992 freshman directorial effort, This Is My Life, Nelson has logged over two dozen movie roles since, including such acclaimed films as Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, Hal Harley's Amateur, James Cox's Wonderland and Jay Roach's blockbuster comedy sequel, Meet the Fockers. He also co-starred with Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon in HBO's acclaimed biopic, "Warm Springs,” which received 16 Emmy nominations.

Nelson is also a mainstay on the independent film circuit, where, in addition to The Good Girl, he has co-starred in such projects as Finn Taylor's charming comedy, Cherish (alongside Robin Tunney) and Mark Mylod's upcoming comedy-drama, The Big White (with Robin Williams). He has three independent features about to hit the theaters -- The Amateurs with Jeff Bridges, Come Early Morning opposite Ashley Judd and Fido with British comic Billy Connolly.

Nelson has also established himself as an accomplished filmmaker, commencing his career behind the camera with his 1997 feature, Eye of God, a somber drama based on his own play (which he adapted for the screen) starring Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook and Kevin Anderson. Earning positive notices at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Nelson's directorial debut also received the top award at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival, the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and a Golden Seashell nomination at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival. He also earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work on the film. 

He followed that auspicious debut with the 1998 short film, Kansas (also penning the screenplay) before returning to the feature film arena with the Miramax release O, a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello,” starring Martin Sheen, Julia Stiles, Josh Hartnett, and Mekhi Phifer. Like his first film, O screened at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival, where Nelson walked off with Best Director honors. 

That same year, he wrote-and-directed the searing Holocaust drama, The Grey Zone (based on his award-winning off-Broadway play) starring David Arquette, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel, which depicted the story of the only armed revolt at Auschwitz. He is next set to write-and-direct the dustbowl drama, Seasons of Dust, starring Kate Bosworth. 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nelson attended Brown University, where he became a Latinist in the classics department. Opting for the arts over academia, he headed to New York after college, studying acting at Juilliard before embarking on an Obie Award-winning career as a playwright. His original stage play of "The Grey Zone” won five "Village Voice” Obie Awards in 1996. He followed with the stage version of "Eye of God” (1997) and "Anadarko” (1998).

In addition to his writings for the theatre, Nelson has also appeared on the New York stage in such plays as "Innocent's Crusade” and "Mad Forest” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, "An Imaginary Life” at Playwrights Horizons, and "Troilus and Cressida” at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre.


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