TIM BLAKE NELSON (Pat Lafayette) is an established film director, writer and
producer, as well as one of the busiest actors working in motion pictures. He
most recently wrote, produced, appeared in and directed the feature Leaves of
Grass, which starred Edward Norton and Richard Dreyfuss. Among his other film
directorial efforts are the features The Grey Zone (which he also wrote), O (a
contemporary adaptation of Othello) and his film directorial debut, Eye of God
(based on his play).
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and educated at Brown University and the Juilliard
Theater Center, he first became active as a playwright and actor within the New
York theater community, starring in such productions as Richard III, Oedipus,
Troilus and Cressida, An Imaginary Life, The Baltimore Waltz and, most recently,
The Beard of Avon (portraying William Shakespeare).
His motion picture acting career began in 1992 with a small role in This Is My
Life. He soon found work in such films as Amateur, Donnie Brasco, The Thin Red
Line, Hamlet, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (for longtime friends Joel and Ethan
Coen), director Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, A Foreign Affair, Holes,
Wonderland, Meet the Fockers, Crazy for Love, Syriana, The Darwin Awards, Hoot,
Southland Tales, The
Astronaut Farmer, American Violet and Sin Bin, among others. Nelson most
recently appeared in the films Flypaper, Yelling to the Sky and The Big Year.
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