Tim Blake Nelson

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Tim Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American director, writer, singer, and actor.


Personal life

Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Ruth Kaiser Nelson,[1][2] who is a noted social activist and philanthropist in Tulsa.[3] Nelson is Jewish;[4] his maternal grandparents escaped the Nazis shortly before World War II, fleeing to the UK in 1938 and immigrating to the United States in 1940.[5][6]

Nelson attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.[7] He is a 1982 graduate of Holland Hall School in Tulsa,[1] and a graduate of Brown University, where he was a Classics major as well as Senior Orator for his class of 1986. Additionally, Nelson won the Workman/Driskoll award for excellence in Classical Studies.[8][9] He graduated from Juilliard in 1990,[10] and currently resides in New York City with his wife, Lisa Benaveides, and his three sons.[1] On May 8, 2009, Nelson was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Tulsa's Beta of Oklahoma chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national collegiate honor society.


Nelson's debut play, Eye of God was produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 1992. The Grey Zone premiered at MCC Theater in New York in 1996 where his 1998 work Anadarko was also produced.

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