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Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor and producer who has starred in feature films such as Face/Off, American Hustle, A Most Violent Year, and a brief appearance in Selma.

Alessandro Nivola
Alessandro Nivola 2016.jpg
Nivola in 2013
Alessandro Antine Nivola

(1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 47)
Alma materPhillips Exeter Academy
Yale University
Years active1995–present
Emily Mortimer
(m. 2003)

Early lifeEdit

Nivola was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, Virginia (née Davis), is an artist, and his father, Pietro Salvatore Nivola (born 1944), was a professor of political science.[1][2][3][4] Nivola's paternal grandfather was the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola,[5] and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Guggenheim,[6] was a Jewish refugee from Germany.[7][8][9][10][11] Nivola has described his mother as "a WASP, from the South",[12][13] and has stated that she is a relative of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.[14] He has a brother, Adrian, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. Alessandro's family also lived in Burlington, Vermont, where he attended Mater Christi School, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.


Nivola earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his first performance on the New York stage in the 1995 Broadway production of A Month In The Country opposite Helen Mirren. Since then he has starred in numerous films including David O. Russell's American Hustle which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award. Among his other films are Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon (Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting actor), Coco Before Chanel, Junebug, Mansfield Park, Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, Jurassic Park III, Goal 1 and 2, The Eye, I Want You, Best Laid Plans, Janie Jones, Five Dollars A Day, and John Woo's Face/Off (Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination). In 2009 he was given the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.[citation needed]

In 2013, Nivola was among The New York Times critics' pics for an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in Sally Potter's film Ginger & Rosa.[15] In 2013, he appeared in the drama film Devil's Knot, about the West Memphis Three, and in 2014, in the thriller A Most Violent Year. He returned to the theater and starred in the 2010 Off-Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie Of The Mind directed by Ethan Hawke. In 2013 he starred as Sir Robert Morton in the Broadway revival of Terrence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy. He returned to Broadway in the fall of 2014 starring opposite Bradley Cooper in a revival of The Elephant Man. In 2012, Nivola established the film and television production company King Bee Productions with his wife, actress Emily Mortimer. Their first project was a six-part television series called Doll & Em which Nivola produced and Mortimer wrote and starred in. The program aired on Sky Living in the UK and on HBO in the United States in 2014.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Nivola married British actress Emily Mortimer in Buckinghamshire in January 2003. The couple have two children and live in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn,[16] New York City.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Face/Off Pollux Troy
Inventing the Abbotts Peter Vanlaningham
1998 I Want You Martin
Reach the Rock Robin
1999 Best Laid Plans Nick
Mansfield Park Henry Crawford
2000 Love's Labour's Lost King Ferdinand of Navarre
Timecode Joey Z
2001 Jurassic Park III Billy Brennan
2002 Imprint Matt Short film
Laurel Canyon Ian McKnight
2003 Carolina Albert Morris
2004 The Clearing Tim Hayes
2005 Junebug George Johnsten
The Sisters Andrew Prior
Turning Green Bill the Bookie
Goal! Gavin Harris
2006 The Darwin Awards Ad Exec
2007 Grace Is Gone John Phillips
Goal! 2: Living the Dream Gavin Harris
The Girl in the Park Chris
2008 The Eye Dr. Paul Faulkner
Five Dollars a Day Ritchie Flynn Parker
Who Do You Love? Leonard Chess
2009 Coco Before Chanel Arthur 'Boy' Capel
2010 Howl Luther Nichols
Janie Jones Ethan Brand
2012 Ginger & Rosa[18] Roland
2013 American Hustle Anthony Amado
2014 Devil's Knot Terry Hobbs
Selma John Doar
A Most Violent Year Peter Forente
2016 The Neon Demon Robert Sarno
2017 One Percent More Humid Gerald
You Were Never Really Here Governor Williams
Disobedience Rabbi Dovid Kuperman
2018 To Dust N/A Producer
2019 The Art of Self-Defense Sensei
The Red Sea Diving Resort Sammy Navon
2020 The Many Saints of Newark Dickie Moltisanti Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Remember WENN Paul Rice Episode: "Valentino Speaks!"
The Ring Noel Television film
1998 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Doug Television film
2007 The Company Leo Kritzky Miniseries
2015 Doll & Em John 4 episodes
2017 The Wizard of Lies Mark Madoff Television film
2019 Chimerica Lee Berger 4 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1993 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Hally Intiman Theatre Festival
1995 A Month in the Country Beliaev Criterion Center Stage Right
1999 As You Like It Orlando Williamstown Theatre Festival
2010 A Lie of the Mind Jake Acorn Theater
2012 The Elephant Man Frederick Treves Williamstown Theatre Festival
2013 The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton American Airlines Theatre
2014 The Elephant Man Frederick Treves Booth Theatre
2015 Theatre Royal Haymarket

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Alessandro Nivola Biography (1972?-)". Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alessandro Nivola Biography". Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Fee, Gayle (October 1, 2007). "Inside Track". Boston Herald.
  4. ^ "Thomas J. Davis, 77, Investment Executive". The New York Times. September 13, 1990.
  5. ^ Elias, Justine (September 13, 1998). "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Alessandro Nivola; From a Family of Painters, a Quick-Change Artist". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Costantino Nivola: public and private: a selection of Nivola's sculptures, soon to leave the U.S. for a permanent home in a museum devoted to the artist in Sardinia, provided a rare overview of his work at the Parrish Museum". Art in America. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (April 25, 2018). "Interview: Alessandro Nivola on Playing the Conflicted Dovid in Disobedience". Awards Daily. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 19, 2018. Alessandro Nivola: "My grandmother was German-Jewish from Frankfurt and she ended up being a Holocaust refugee."
  8. ^ Pisani, Lavinia (November 10, 2015). "A Conversation with Italian American Star Alessandro Nivola". L'Italo-Americano Newspaper. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Bloom, Nate (April 18, 2018). "Amy Schumer 'feeling pretty'; and a young Jewish Picasso". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Menzel, Scott (May 9, 2018). "Alessandro Nivola talks Disobedience, reuniting with Rachel Weisz, and The Art of Self-Defense". We Live Entertainment. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "". Timeliness: Will it help 'Goal' score?. Retrieved June 17, 2006.[dead link]
  12. ^ Scaduto, Anthony (September 9, 1999). "Quotes: ALESSANDRO NIVOLA isn't afraid of stardom". Newsday.
  13. ^ [1] Archived May 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Huck, Peter (July 14, 2001). "Charmer chameleon". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  15. ^ "And the Nominees Should Be". The New York Times. December 27, 2012.
  16. ^ Vincentelli, Elizabeth (November 16, 2013). "Alessandro Nivola: My Brooklyn". New York Post. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Alessandro Nivola: My Brooklyn". New York Post. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Potter, Sally. "Ginger & Rosa". Sally Potter. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2012.

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