Tim Blake Nelson

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Tim Blake Nelson is an actor and playwright from the United States. Tim Blake Nelson is well-known for his part as Wade Tillman/Looking Glass in the HBO limited series Watchmen (2019) and as Henry McCarty in Old Henry (2021).

Early Life

Tim Blake Nelson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States on 11th May 1964. He is 58 years old (as of 2023) under the zodiac sign Taurus. Nelson holds an American nationality and follows the Christianity religion.

Regarding his family background, he is the son of  Don Nelson (Father) and Ruth Nelson (Mother). His father is a wildcatter and geologist and his mother is a philanthropist and social activist. George Kaiser, a businessman, is his maternal uncle.

Tim Blake Nelson

Caption: Tim Blake Nelson with his son and wife source: Shutterstock.

His maternal grandparents, Herman Geo. Kaiser and Kate Kaiser were German citizens who fled the Nazis just before World War II. Kate Kaiser is the daughter of entrepreneur Max Samuel. Nelson’s mother was born in Britain, so they relocated there in 1938 before emigrating to the US in 1941. His father came from an immigrant Russian-Jewish family.


Regarding his educational background, Nelson is a 1982 Holland Hall School graduate from Tulsa and a 1986 graduate of Brown University, where he majored in classics and served as the senior orator for his graduating class. He pursued philosophical studies with Martha Nussbaum at Brown.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa Society member. The Workman/Driskoll prize for excellence in classical studies was given to him. He was a member of Group 19 when he graduated from Juilliard in 1990.

Tim Blake Nelson – Net Worth 2023

Tim Blake Nelson has earned a huge amount of money through his hard work and brilliance. His projected net worth is $5 million as of 2023. However, Nelson hasn’t been a part of brand endorsement till now.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about his career, Seattle Repertory Theatre staged Nelson’s first play, Eye of God, in 1992. Then, he co-starred in The Unnaturals, a sketch comedy series that aired on HA! from 1989 to 1991 with Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Paul Zaloom, and John Mariano.

In the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? he played the prominent character Delmar. Moreover, he was the only member of the cast or crew who had read Homer’s Odyssey, the work on which the movie is loosely based, according to filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

He has appeared in a number of feature films as a supporting actor, including Syriana, Minority Report, and Lincoln. In addition, Nelson appeared in the Marvel Comics adaptations of The Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four. In the drama/legal drama Just Mercy (2019), he played Ralph Myers.

Tim Blake Nelson

Caption: Tim Blake Nelson in the HBO limited series Watchmen source: IndieWire.

Audiobooks, At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was narrated by Nelson in 2001. He has also directed two of his original screenplays, Kansas (1998) and Leaves of Grass, as well as the motion picture adaptations of his plays The Grey Zone and Eye of God (2009).

He was the director of the Othello-based movie O, which was set in a contemporary high school.

More about his career

Nelson appeared as a guest star in the season 10 episode “Working Stiffs” of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He discussed the loss of his friend David Dornstein in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in the episode “My Brother’s Bomber” of the PBS investigative series Frontline.

Nelson received the original script for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Joel and Ethan Coen in 2002, and he played the title role in the western anthology film in 2018. After a brief run in theaters, the movie was released on Netflix on November 16. It received favorable reviews, many of which singled out Nelson’s performance and his entire segment.

Awards and Achievements

For directing the motion picture adaptations of his plays Eye of God, he was nominated for a Someone to Watch Award by the Independent Spirit Awards.

He won the American Independent Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (1997) for Eye of God, the Tokyo Bronze Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival (1997), the Best Director Award at the Seattle International Film Festival (2001) for O, and the Freedom of Expression Award (2002) from the National Board of Review for The Grey Zone.

Personal Life

Regarding his love life, Nelson is currently married to Lisa Benavides. After being together for a long time, Nelson and Lisa tied the wedding knot on June 12, 1994.

The pair met for the first time while studying at Juilliard. Together they were blessed with three children but their name is yet to be mentioned.

Tim Blake Nelson

Caption: Tim Blake Nelson with his wife Lisa Benavides source: Zimbio.

Body Measurements

Tim Blake Nelson is very handsome and attractive undoubtedly. He has a perfect height of about 5 feet and 5 inches (1.70m/170 cm) and weighs around 62 kg (139 lbs). In addition, Nelson has blue pair of attractive eyes and dark brown hair color.

Tim Blake Nelson – Social Media

Tim Blake Nelson is active on his Instagram account @timbonelson with 14.5K followers. Besides that, Nelson is not available on any other social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.