Tim Blake Nelson Biography
Tim Blake Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor, writer, and director. Blake is best known in the O Brother as Delmar O’Donnell, Dr. Pendanski in Holes in 2003, Daniel “Danny” Dalton Jr. in Syriana in 2005, and Dr. Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk in 2008, Richard Schell in Lincoln in 2012, and Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in 2018.
Tim Blake Nelson Age
Timothy Blake Nelson was born on May 11, 1964, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. He is 54 years old as of 2018.
Tim Blake Nelson Family
Blake was born a Jewish in Tulsa Oklahoma to (mother) Ruth (née Kaiser) Nelson, a social activist, and philanthropist in Tulsa, and (father) Don Nelson, a geologist/wildcatter. His father’s family were Russian Jewish emigrants while his maternal grandparents were immigrants to the U.S. He has a maternal uncle by the name George Kaiser a businessman.
Tim Blake Nelson Spouse
Blake is married to Lisa Benavides since 12th June 1994, to whom they have three sons. The family resides in New York City
Tim Blake Nelson Height
Tim Blake Nelson stand at 1.65 m height
Tim Blake Nelson Image
Tim Blake Nelson Career
Nelson’s debut play, Eye of God, was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1992. The Grey Zone premiered at MCC Theater in New York in 1996, where his 1998 work Anadarko was produced. He was a co-star of the sketch comedy show The Unnaturals, which ran on HA! (later CTV, and would turn into Comedy Central) between 1989 and 1991, alongside Paul Zaloom, John Mariano and Siobhan Fallon Hogan.
Nelson has featured as an actor in film, TV, and theatre. He also 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 story upon which the film is loosely based. He sang “In the Jailhouse Now” on the film’s soundtrack (which received a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001). Nelson has gone on to act in a number of supporting performances in films such as Minority Report, Syriana and Lincoln. He also featured in Marvel Comics adaptations The Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four.
Blake narrated the 2001 audiobook At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. He appeared on stage extensively off-Broadway in New York at theatres including Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Soho Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and Central Park’s Open Air Theater in the Shakespeare plays Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He has directed film versions of his plays The Grey Zone and Eye of God (for which he received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for the Someone to Watch Award), as well as writing and directing two original screenplays: 1998’s Kansas and Leaves of Grass, which was released in 2009. He directed the film O, based on Othello and set in a modern-day high school.
For Eye of God, he received the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival (1997) and the American Independent Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (1997); for O, the Best Director Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2001); and for The Grey Zone, the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award (2002). He is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City, as well as Soho Rep Theatre.
Nelson guest-starred on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10 episode “Working Stiffs”. In the episode “My Brother’s Bomber” (aired September 29, 2015) of the PBS investigative series Frontline, he talked about the loss of his friend David Dornstein in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In 2018, Nelson played Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a western anthology film by Joel and Ethan Coen. Nelson had received the original script sixteen years prior in 2002. The film was released on Netflix on November 16, after a limited theatrical run, and received positive reviews from critics, with many highlighting Nelson’s performances and his overall segment.
Tim Blake Nelson Movies| Films
This Is My Life
Motel Blue 19
Eye of God
The Thin Red Line
Pvt. Brian Tills
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Grey Zone
The Good Girl
A Foreign Affair
Dr. Kiowa “Mom” Pendanski
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Dr. Johnathan Jacobo
The Last Shot
Meet the Fockers
My Suicidal Sweetheart
The Big White
Come Early Morning
The Darwin Awards
The Astronaut Farmer
The Incredible Hulk
Saint John of Las Vegas
Leaves of Grass
Yelling to the Sky
The Big Year
As I Lay Dying
Child of God
Snake and Mongoose
The Sound and the Fury
Kill the Messenger
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Angel Has Fallen
Vice President Kirby
The Long Home
House of Buggin’
Dead Man’s Walk
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Chief McGillihorn (voice)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Z: The Beginning of Everything
Dallas & Robo
The Woodsman (voice)
Tim Blake Nelson In The Jailhouse Now
Tim Blake featured in as an artist in the song The Jailhouse which was released in 2000.
O Tim Blake Nelson
American actor Blake directed the film O. a 2001 American drama film, and a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, set in an American high school containing different styles of music, that range from rap to opera. It was filmed in Charleston, South Carolina.
Tim Blake Nelson Mole Man
Tim portrayed as Dr. Harvey Allen. He plays the role of a former scientist turned villain, In this version, he is the directional figure of the dimension in traveling mission.
Anesthesia Tim Blake Nelson
Tim Blake Nelson was the director and also starred in as Adam Zarrow. Anesthesia is a 2016 independent drama film. The movie follows the lives of a self-destructive student (Kristen Stewart), a hard-drinking housewife (Gretchen Mol) and an impoverished junkie (K. Todd Freeman) are linked to the brutal attack of a Columbia University philosophy professor (Sam Waterston).
Tim Blake Nelson The Leader
Tim Blake Nelson portrays Dr. Samuel Stern in the Leader, a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, and has mainly appeared in the 2008 superhero film The Incredible Hulk.
Tim Blake Nelson Modern Family
The American actor Tim Blake featured as a guest star in Dude Ranch (Modern Family), an American television mockumentary family sitcom. He portrayed Hank. The movie revolves around three families traveling to a dude ranch.
Tim Blake Nelson Video
Tim Blake Nelson Interview
We have a lot of time together. I’ll know everything about you before this is over.
You may not want to spend five minutes with me.
You’re an enigma to me. Do you like being an enigma?
Yeah, I suppose so. It’s not intentional.
I’ve probably seen you in more movies than any other actor that I know the least about personally.
Yeah, I’m a husband and a dad. And I live on the Upper West Side and that life is very discrete.
And you’re originally from Oklahoma. We’re from bordering states originally…
Are you Kansas?
Missouri, actually. Which I think has the record for the most states that border it.
Let me see if I can name them.
All right, so there’s Arkansas.
Okay, so Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois. Would it be Tennessee? So then Kentucky? So it will be Iowa?
There’s one more after that.
Do you watch the Tigers football?
Missouri? I do.
I’m going to be watching the Sooners and Texas at noon.
Yeah, it’s Mizzou for me Saturday then the Chiefs on Sunday.
I’m so excited.
This will be my new series, “Talk to famous actors about their feelings about Patrick Mahomes.”
Well, I am now a Cleveland fan of course.
Oh, because of Baker Mayfield?
Yeah, he’s gonna be great. And Kyler Murray might win the Heisman. You’d have two Oklahoma quarterbacks winning back to back Heisman.
So when the Coen brothers called you, did they say, “Hey, we’ve got this idea for a movie called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and we want you to play Buster Scruggs,” before the mention it’s the first of a series of six short films?
They brought me the 19-page script in 2002.
It’s been around that long?
And they said, “We’ve written this one, and then there’s one more we’re gonna write, and then probably three or four more after that. And we’re gonna do this anthology movie and we don’t know when we’re gonna be done, but this is going to be the first one and we want you to play Buster Scruggs.” And so, yeah, I’m the title character, but it’s just a segment of the movie.
It reminds me of when Joel sent me O Brother, Where Art Thou?. And he didn’t send it to me and say, “We want you to be in this.” He sent it to me saying, “I want your advice about this.” So I read it and I thought, “Well, gosh, I wonder what he wants to talk to me about? Man, I would kill to do a day in this movie. But I’m not gonna ask, because that’s just tacky.” Then he offered me the part of Delmar.
Were you the first one cast?
No, he had already cast Clooney and John. And then, funnily enough, years later, when they were doing True Grit because it takes place in Oklahoma, I actually said, “Guys, anything in here? I’ll do anything.” And Ethan got kind of cross with me and he said, “Look, if we had something that we thought made sense for you in this movie, we’d give it to you. You have to understand that. Now, just know that, and you don’t have to ask.”
There had to be an outlaw in there somewhere you could have played?
And then I just said, “Okay.” And I felt terrible about asking. But it was because it was Oklahoma territory. So, anyway. I’m shooting Watchmen this fall in Georgia and it takes place in Tulsa.
How do you feel about that?
I haven’t seen anything that doesn’t feel like Tulsa, where we’ve shot yet. But at the same time, nothing feels specifically Tulsa either, yet. I’ve not seen anything on Watchmen in the pilot that stuck out in a bad way, nothing. I think they’re doing a great job. But there’s also no substitute for shooting in the place, the real place. And also, with Watchmen, it’s an alternate universe, so it’s okay. It’s gonna be great.
It’s not an adaptation this time, right?
It’s a continuation. Yeah, I really like my part. It’s a really interesting part. And I like Regina King a lot.
Did they have to sell you on being in this? Or were you a fan?
No, I didn’t even know it. I’d seen the Zack Snyder movie, but I hadn’t read the book. And, no, it was a discussion. I think the book is really good. But it was a discussion. I didn’t say yes immediately. I had to learn a little more. And the more I learned, the more I wanted to do it. And Damon Lindelof, he’s an extremely bright and inventive person and spending several years as a part of a universe he’s creating really appeals to me.
Is that what you look for, someone who can do that?
When I’m going to act for someone, I look for a person who has a perspective unlike anyone else’s and is going to be afforded the opportunity to realize that perspective. And if I can find that, if I can be just color in a really interesting artist’s palette, then that’s where I want to be. And what I try to avoid is the cynical, cookie cutter type of material. I think that’s really my guiding principle.
What do you mean by cookie cutter type of material?
Just stuff that’s derivative and where the anesthetic is purloined from somebody else that doesn’t feel genuine. I like movies that come from a singular and unique point of view. And in situations where that person is going to be given the resources to realize it because sometimes you end up in a project with a really interesting director, but they’re not being supported.
Supported by who? Their actors? Or the people in charge?
Sometimes it’s the actors. More often than not it’s just the money. They don’t have enough money to do the movie the way they wrote it. Or there are producers who maybe don’t necessarily believe in what they’re up to. And so they’re meddling unnecessarily and clouding up waters that you want to be clear. And so, when I say, the resources to realize it, it means that there’s a support staff around them and the monetary resources to make the vision happen. And Joel and Ethan will not go onto a set to make one of their movies unless they have the resources. So, one of the differences with Joel and Ethan is they’ll say no. I know for a fact, because I’ve been friends with them for so long, that they’ve had scripts, literally, in pre-production and when they determined that the resources weren’t there they just said, “We’re gonna stop.”
Movies that have still not been made?
Not been made. There’s one that they’ve not made and they spent a good part of a year writing it. And then they scouted around the world to figure out where to shoot it. And they were in pre-production and they just said, “We’re not going to have the resources to do it right.” Turturro told me on O Brother, with their movies, the result is better than the script.
And their scripts are amazing.
Was there a moment in O Brother you were doubting?
No, I never doubted anything. I just said, “This is amazing and I feel so lucky.” And he said, “Well, the best is yet to come because with every one of their movies the movie is even better than the script.”
There was a time when I really thought that you three were actually singing “Man of Constant Sorrow.”
I sing “In the Jailhouse Now.”
Right, but I really thought that was George Clooney singing the first time I saw it.
Well, you know what’s really funny? This is off the record…
What’s his name… Rex Reed panned O Brother, just panned it, hated it. You can go read it. He hated it. And he said, “And George Clooney’s voice is honking and you can’t listen to it.” Meanwhile, a Grammy later. And it wasn’t Clooney’s voice! It was Dan Tyminski, one of the great singers in bluegrass.
Actually, you can quote that. That’s fine. I’m actually looking forward to what he writes about Buster Scruggs because it is so not his type of film. I can tell you what he’s going to write. He’s going to love “The Gal Who Got Rattled,” the one that Zoe Kazan and Bill Heck. He’ll love that because it’s right up … yeah.
I would watch a whole movie just about Buster Scruggs. You look like you’re having the time of your life.
I was having the time of my life. The character is nothing like me.
You don’t ride a horse around and singing all the time? I really thought you did. This is shocking to me.
[Laughs] Dammit! But it has everything I’ve ever dreamed of being able to do, so it’s an interesting contradiction.
I’ve always been curious about your role in The Incredible Hulk. Also that it was the second movie of this now machine of a franchise.
I had a great time, and I loved working with Edward Norton. I love Edward. And I directed Edward right after that in Leaves of Grass.
I always got the impression Edward and Louis Leterrier didn’t always see eye to eye.
I think you can talk to them about that. Do you know?
Well, I mean more if it was something that like, “Okay, I’m just going to sit here and do my business.”
Yeah, I didn’t want to get in the middle of all that, and particularly since there was nobody on that movie with whom I didn’t get along. I loved working with Edward, and Liv, and Tim, and Louie, and Gale Anne Hurd. And any interactions I had with the Marvel guys were fine. They were great.
I always love it when you show up, the movie gets to another level.
He was a really fun character.
Yeah, it looked like you were having fun with that one.
And that was great. I just went down and met them in a hotel lobby downtown and they said, “We want you to play this role.” And I was really looking forward to playing The Leader, because that is what it was setting up, and then they didn’t up until making another movie with Edward, so…
Yeah, I loved him as Hulk. Ruffalo’s great, too. They’re very different.
Yeah, very different.