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Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an Americanmarker director, writer, singer and actor.


Personal life

Nelson was born in Tulsamarker, Oklahomamarker, the son of Ruth Kaiser Nelson, who is a noted social activist and philanthropist in Tulsa. Nelson is Jewish; his maternal grandparents escaped the Nazis shortly before World War II, fleeing to the UK in 1938 and immigrating to the United States in 1940.

Nelson attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Centermarker in Lone Wolf, Oklahomamarker. He is a 1982 graduate of Holland Hall School in Tulsa, and a 1986 graduate of Brown Universitymarker, where he studied Classics. He graduated from Juilliardmarker in 1990, and currently resides in New York Citymarker with his wife, Lisa Benaveides, and his three sons.On May 8, 2009, Nelson was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Tulsa's Beta of Oklahoma chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national collegiate honor society.


Nelson's debut play, Eye of God was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatremarker in 1992. The Grey Zone premiered at MCC Theater in New York in 1996 where his 1998 work Anadarko was also produced.

Nelson has appeared as an actor in the film, TV and theatre. He had a featured role as Delmar in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. According to directors Joel and Ethan Coen, he was the only one in the cast or crew who had read Homer's Odyssey, a work upon which the film is loosely based. He sings "In the Jailhouse Now" on the soundtrack.

He plays Samuel Sterns in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk, and has signed on to play his alter ego, the Leader, in the sequel.. Tim plays an ACLU attorney in the upcoming film American Violet.

He also narrates the 2001 audiobook At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.. He has appeared on stage at theatres including Manhattan Theater Clubmarker, Playwrights Horizons and Central Park's Open Air Theater plus a show at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester New York to talk to kids about their lifemarker.

He has directed film versions of his plays The Grey Zone, and Eye of God as well as writing and directing two original screenplays: 1998's Kansas, and Leaves of Grass which will be released in 2009. He is also the director of O, based on William Shakespeare's play Othello but set in a modern-day high school. He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York Citymarker, as well as Soho Rep Theatre.

Tim guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10 episode Working Stiffs.


As Actor

As Director


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