Nate Parker

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  • Birth Name: Nate Parker
  • Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Writer
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Fast Facts

  • Was an All-American wrestler in high school and college.
  • Worked as a computer programmer before being discovered by a talent agent when he accompanied a friend to a modeling convention in Dallas, and was persuaded to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting, even though he had no prior acting experience.
  • Big break came in 2007 when Denzel Washington cast him in The Great Debaters, which Washington was directing.
  • Made his screenwriting and directorial debut with The Birth of a Nation at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; the movie sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million, establishing a record price for an acquisition at Sundance.
  • In March 2016, announced the fall opening of the Nate Parker School of Film and Drama at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas.

Awards

  • 2016, Sundance Film Festival — U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2016, Sundance Film Festival — Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic: Winner
  • 2016, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sarah DiSanto — Wife
  • Carolyn Whitfield — Mother
  • Walter Whitfield — Stepfather
  • Justice — Daughter

College

  • Attended Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, United States; University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, United States (BS in Computer Programming, 2003)

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  • Birth Name: Nate Parker
  • Birth Place: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Writer

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