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Tim Blake Nelson Biography

Birth Place:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Actor, director, playwright, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Met his wife, actor Lisa Benavides, while they were both attending The Juilliard School
  • First big-screen appearance was in Nora Ephron's 1991 drama This Is My Life
  • Made his feature writing and directing debut in 1997 with Eye of God
  • O, a violent, teen-oriented adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello that Nelson directed in 1999, was shelved for two years following a series of school shootings
  • Breakout film role was the dim-witted Delmar in the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Contributed vocals to "In the Jailhouse Now," a track from the Grammy-winning O Brother soundtrack
  • Produced plays he has written include The Grey Zone, Eye of God and Anadarko


  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 1998Independent Spirit Awards-Someone to Watch Award: nominated