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Alessandro Nivola Biography

Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated