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Tim Blake Nelson
An accomplished playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, former classics major Tim Blake Nelson is perhaps most familiar to the movie audience as the hilariously dim Delmar in Joel and Ethan Coen's goofy Oscar-nominated comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? Born in Oklahoma, Nelson attended college at Brown University where he became a Latinist in the classics department. Opting for the arts over academia, Nelson headed to New York after college, studying acting at Juilliard and embarking on an Obie Award-winning career as a stage writer. Along with film acting, Nelson turned to filmmaking with the screen adaptation of his play Eye of God , a somber rural drama about a woman's marriage to a pious ex-con with a violent past, which earned positive notice at the Sundance Film Festival. Because of his ability to handle difficult questions of violence and create an ominous mood out of the everyday, Nelson was asked to helm the modernized, teen version of Shakespeare's Othello, retitled O Shot in , O languished on the shelf in the wake of a series of high school shootings, deemed an inappropriate release because of its violent denouement.
Two decades into a successful acting career, Tim Blake Nelson found himself getting complacent. How Nelson gave himself a career makeover is a story that just about anyone seeking a fresh start could learn from. In an interview with Inc. Dissatisfaction with his work came to a head with his role as Sheriff Fate in Child of God in , directed by Franco. He chafed at the conservative acting technique he'd learned at The Julliard School, in which an actor analyzes the rhetoric in a dramatic text to make character-development decisions quickly. He set about a mid-career reinvention. To a degree, Nelson credits his grounding in history, language, literature, and visual arts that he received studying classics in college. His "fierce" and "poetic" dedication to the role, and seeing him work up close, inspired Nelson to finally lay down the Julliard toolkit. To start his retraining, Nelson decided to take only roles where he would have at least a month to prepare. He poured himself into making deliberate, slower decisions about character development.
He has been married to Lisa Benavides-Nelson since June 12, They have three children. Close Menu. Top titles. Latest Latest Oldest. Filmography