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Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), playing the role of “Tom/Tommy Jordache”. Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle-aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds.
Interesting Facts about Nick Nolte
- Nick Nolte and poet Ted Kooser, grew up only a block apart in Historic Old Town Neighborhood of Ames, Iowa.
- There is a long-standing misconception that Dr. Charles Nolte, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, is Nick Nolte’s father.
- Nolte’s father, Franklin A. Nolte, was an All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, with the elite US Marine Raiders. When he was discharged, he went home to his family, but according to Nick Nolte, he was a different man and didn’t speak often. Nolte consulted his father while preparing for Dog Soldiers (1978) where he played a Vietnam veteran.
- Attended four colleges but did not graduate from any of them. Eastern Arizona College. University of Nebraska – Omaha. Pasadena City College. Phoenix College.
- Good friends with Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey and Don Johnson.
- In 1962, Nolte was convicted for selling fake draft cards and was sentenced to a seventy-five year jail sentence and a $75,000 fine. He was suspended under the terms of the Youth Corrections Act and was on probation throughout the length of the Vietnam War. He was warned by the judge that if he was arrested for any other crime he would be jailed under the original conviction terms.
- Resided with Clytie Lane for 13 years before they got married on September 8, 2016.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6433 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 20, 2017.
- He was considered for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in Superman (1978), which went to Christopher Reeve. Legend has it that he wanted to play the role as a schizophrenic.
- He lobbied hard for the role of Ned Braden in Slap Shot (1977), but there was no time for him to learn how to skate. The role went to Michael Ontkean.
- Became a father for the first time at age 45 when his third wife Rebecca Linger gave birth to their son Brawley Nolte on June 20, 1986.
- He was considered for the role of John Rambo in First Blood (1982), which went to Sylvester Stallone.
Personal Quotes by Nick Nolte
You have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt. Once you’re willing to do that, everything opens up and you get the freedom. My joke is that next year, I’ll make the first film that costs zero dollars.- Nick Nolte
I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I don’t regret any of them. Sometimes that’s the only way you learn.- Nick Nolte
Sometimes the writing can be so good that the actor doesn’t really have to do anything.- Nick Nolte
We’re really all alone. We can’t ever get inside another person’s spirit, and see the world they do. So we are alone in that sense. The only way we have to communicate feelings is through words.- Nick Nolte
If you get yourself in a hole, you dig yourself out.- Nick Nolte