Actor Trading Cards: Nick Nolte

Nick Nolte

Born: February 8, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska
Height: 6′

Personal Quote:

“If you feel you have a film that’s valid, you stick your ass on the line.”

“When you start thinking about death more than sex, you know you’re getting old.”

Did You Know?

Declined the role of ‘Snake Plissken’ in Escape from New York, which eventually went to Kurt Russell.


With the new film, “A Walk in the Woods”, coming out this week, I found myself torn between its two veteran stars (Nick Nolte or Robert Redford) as to which one I should feature in this week’s Actor Trading Card series. Both men are Hollywood legends, and while Redford has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success for many decades as an actor, producer and director, Nolte has carved out a more ‘niche’ career that’s due for some attention. In addition to his more well-known roles (see ‘Highlights’ below), he also did incredible work in the critically acclaimed “Affliction” and the underrated “Peaceful Warrior“.

Best Known For: 48 Hours & Another 48 Hours (‘Jack Cates’), Prince of Tides (‘Tom Wingo’), Cape Fear (‘Sam Bowden’), Hulk (‘Father’), and Warrior (‘Paddy Conlon’)

Breakout Role (according to the masses): 48 Hours

Breakout Role (according to Leo Craven): Another 48 Hours
– I had to choose the sequel since I wasn’t old enough to watch the first one when it was originally released in 1982. I don’t think I fully took notice of Nolte, however, until Cape Fear came out in 1991 (which still ranks among my favorite Thrillers of all time).

Box Office Status: Seasoned Veteran

Next Project to Look Out for: A Walk in the Woods (In theaters September 2nd)

Most Famous Role (‘Jack Cates’ in 48 Hours w/ Eddie Murphy; available on Netflix):


Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Academy Awards) in 2012 for “Warrior”

Won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Golden Globe Awards) in 1991 for “Prince of Tides”


If you haven’t watched “Warrior”, here’s a scene that effectively demonstrates why Nolte was nominated for an Oscar:

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