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Alessandro Antine Nivola
June 28, 1972
|Alma mater||Yale University (BA)|
Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for many awards including a Tony Award and an Independent Spirit Award and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Independent Film Award (BIFA), and the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival among others.
He has starred in Hollywood blockbusters such as Face/Off, Jurassic Park III and the upcoming The Sopranos feature film prequel The Many Saints of Newark, as well as in critically acclaimed independent films, among them Disobedience, A Most Violent Year, Junebug and Laurel Canyon. He has also starred three times on Broadway, most recently opposite Bradley Cooper in the 2014 revival of The Elephant Man which earned him a Tony Award nomination.
He is married to actress and director Emily Mortimer.
Nivola was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, Virginia (née Davis), is an artist, and his father, Pietro Salvatore Nivola (1944-2017), was a professor of political science and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Nivola's paternal grandfather was the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola, and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Guggenheim, was a Jewish refugee from Germany. He was born first of two boys; his brother, Adrian Nivola, a painter, is five years younger. Nivola attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. His family also lived in Burlington, Vermont, where he attended Mater Christi School, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.
Nivola graduated from Yale University with a BA in English in 1994 and a year later made his Broadway debut opposite Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country earning a Drama Desk Award nomination. Shortly after that came his breakthrough performance in John Woo's feature film Face/Off (1997) playing Nicolas Cage's brother Pollux Troy. In the ensuing years he has starred in many films including Mansfield Park (1999), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), Jurassic Park 3 (2001), Laurel Canyon (2002 - Independent Spirit Award nomination), Junebug (2005), Goal! 1 & 2 (2005, 2007), Coco Before Chanel (2009), Ginger & Rosa (2012), American Hustle (2013 - Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics Choice Award), A Most Violent Year (2014), Selma (2014 - Critics Choice Award nomination), The Neon Demon (2016), One Percent More Humid (Best Actor Award 2017 Tribeca Film Festival), You Were Never Really Here (2017), Disobedience (2017 - British Independent Film Award, London Critics Circle Film Award nomination), The Art of Self Defense (2019), and The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019).
Nivola has also worked frequently in television, starring opposite Robert De Niro in Barry Levinson's Madoff family biopic The Wizard of Lies (2017), as well as the TNT miniseries The Company (2007), the UK Channel 4 series Chimerica (2019), and the three part BBC miniseries Black Narcissus, broadcast 27, 28, and 29 December 2020.
On stage, in addition to A Month in the Country, he starred on Broadway in 2013 in The Winslow Boy (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), and in 2014 in The Elephant Man opposite Bradley Cooper (Tony Award nomination), and off-Broadway in the Ethan Hawke-directed Sam Shepard play A Lie of the Mind (2010) with Laurie Metcalf. He also starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1995 Williamstown Theater Festival production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.
In 2013 Nivola established King Bee Productions with his wife Emily Mortimer. The company produced two seasons of the half hour comedy Doll & Em for HBO and BSkyB. He also produced To Dust starring Matthew Broderick which won the Audience Award at the 2018 TriBeCa Film Festival and was nominated for a 2020 Independent Spirit Award.
Nivola married British actress Emily Mortimer in Buckinghamshire in January 2003. The couple have two children and live in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Nivola became a British citizen and Mortimer became an American citizen.
|Inventing the Abbotts||Peter Vanlaningham|
|1998||I Want You||Martin|
|Reach the Rock||Robin|
|1999||Best Laid Plans||Nick|
|Mansfield Park||Henry Crawford|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||King Ferdinand of Navarre|
|2001||Jurassic Park III||Billy Brennan|
|Laurel Canyon||Ian McKnight|
|2004||The Clearing||Tim Hayes|
|The Sisters||Andrew Prior|
|Turning Green||Bill the Bookie|
|2006||The Darwin Awards||Ad Exec|
|2007||Grace Is Gone||John Phillips|
|Goal! 2: Living the Dream||Gavin Harris|
|The Girl in the Park||Chris|
|2008||The Eye||Dr. Paul Faulkner|
|Five Dollars a Day||Ritchie Flynn Parker|
|Who Do You Love?||Leonard Chess|
|2009||Coco Before Chanel||Arthur 'Boy' Capel|
|Janie Jones||Ethan Brand|
|2012||Ginger & Rosa||Roland|
|2013||American Hustle||Anthony Amado|
|2014||Devil's Knot||Terry Hobbs|
|A Most Violent Year||Peter Forente|
|2016||The Neon Demon||Robert Sarno|
|2017||One Percent More Humid||Gerald|
|You Were Never Really Here||Governor Williams|
|Disobedience||Rabbi Dovid Kuperman|
|2019||The Art of Self-Defense||Sensei|
|The Red Sea Diving Resort||Sammy Navon|
|2021||With/In||Post-production; segment: "Neighborhood Watch"|
|The Many Saints of Newark||Dickie Moltisanti||Post-production|
|Spin Me Round||Filming|
|1996||Remember WENN||Paul Rice||Episode: "Valentino Speaks!"|
|The Ring||Noel||Television film|
|1998||The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery||Doug||Television film|
|2007||The Company||Leo Kritzky||Miniseries|
|2015||Doll & Em||John||4 episodes|
|2017||The Wizard of Lies||Mark Madoff||Television film|
|2019||Chimerica||Lee Berger||4 episodes|
|2020||Black Narcissus||Mr. Dean||Miniseries|
|1993||"Master Harold"...and the Boys||Hally||Intiman Theatre Festival|
|1995||A Month in the Country||Beliaev||Criterion Center Stage Right|
|1999||As You Like It||Orlando||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2010||A Lie of the Mind||Jake||Acorn Theater|
|2012||The Elephant Man||Frederick Treves||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2013||The Winslow Boy||Sir Robert Morton||American Airlines Theatre|
|2014||The Elephant Man||Frederick Treves||Booth Theatre|
|2015||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
Alessandro Nivola: "My grandmother was German-Jewish from Frankfurt and she ended up being a Holocaust refugee."