One day you’re the sexiest man alive, and another day your face is like a flattened road-killed bird in the worst mug shot of all time.
In a career spanning five decades, actor Nick Nolte has experienced all the rites of Hollywood stardom: rising from obscurity to acclaim, celebrity romances, starring roles, Oscar nominations, being named “Sexiest Man Alive,” marriages and divorces, public battles with drinking and drugs, and tabloid vilification. Throughout ups and downs, he’s steadily made his mark playing a diverse range of characters, with his trademark athleticism and gravelly voice.
Already 35 when his role in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man launched his acting career, Nolte never learned to play by Hollywood’s rules. He’s preferred personal, edgier projects that have ranged from “make” films like North Dallas Forty to box-office hits like Prince of Tides. He’s pursued an intense, obsessive form of method acting, to the point of living with the homeless to prepare for Down and Out in Beverly Hills, prompting his costar Bette Midler to say that he was “too filthy to work with.” And he followed a decade of box office success and awards in the ‘90s with a “long road of nothingness” in Malibu, through drug addiction and ending in arrest.
For a man who’s been around long enough to understand the cycles of the business, it’s no surprise that he’s busy once again coming off of an Oscar-nominated performance in 'Warrior' - not only with a list of upcoming film projects, but with raising his 5-year-old daughter. But he’s never been a man to hide from his mistakes, and in this revealing memoir from one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, readers have a candid and deeply personal look at the life and career of Nick Nolte.