Alessandro Nivola

  • Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Has said the earliest acting role he can recall is Toto in an elementary school production of The Wizard of Oz.
  • While growing up, spent his summers at drama camp and interned at Connecticut's Eugene O'Neill Theater.
  • Made his TV debut in the 1996 Danielle Steel adaptation The Ring.
  • Hit the big screen in 1997, with roles in indie drama Inventing the Abbotts and action hit Face/Off.
  • Called upon his childhood soccer skills for the part of Gavin Harris in sports drama Goal! (2005) and its 2008 sequel, Goal! 2: Living the Dream.
  • Is a descendant, on his mother's side, of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.


  • 2015, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2017, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner


  • Pietro Salvatore Nivola — Father
  • Adrian Nivola — Brother
  • Rachel Weisz — Ex-significant Other
  • Thomas Jefferson Davis Jr. — Grandfather
  • Sam John Nivola — Son
  • Emily Mortimer — Wife
  • Costantino Nivola — Grandfather
  • May Nivola — Daughter
  • Virginia Davis — Mother


  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (BA in English Literature, 1994)

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  • Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor