Nicolas Kent Stahl
December 5, 1979
Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
(m. 2009; sep. 2012)
Nicolas Kent Stahl (born December 5, 1979) is an American actor. Starting out as a child actor, he gained recognition for his performance in the 1993 film The Man Without a Face co-starring Mel Gibson and then embarked on a successful career.
He later transitioned into his adult career with roles in the films The Thin Red Line, In the Bedroom, Bully, Sin City, the HBO series Carnivàle, and the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, in the role of John Connor. He also starred in the films Mirrors 2, Afghan Luke, and Away from Here.
His first professional casting was in Stranger at My Door (1991), although he had been acting in children's plays since he was four years old. The 1993 film The Man Without a Face, co-starring Mel Gibson, helped boost his career at the age of 13. The following year, he had a supporting role in the ensemble film Safe Passage. In 1996, he played the role of Puck in Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1998 he played a doomed young soldier during the World War II Pacific War in The Thin Red Line. He scored critical and box office success again with his role in the 2001 movie In the Bedroom, which starred Sissy Spacek as his mother. He scored another box office hit in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) as John Connor (replacing Edward Furlong in Terminator 2: Judgment Day), co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Claire Danes. In 2003, he starred in the HBO series Carnivàle, which drew a loyal audience as well as rave reviews. The show lasted two seasons, ending in 2006.
Stahl has played two villains to good reviews: Bobby Kent in the film Bully (2001) and Roark Jr./Yellow Bastard in Sin City (2005). Stahl did not reprise his role as John Connor in Terminator Salvation with Christian Bale taking over instead. Stahl noted the film's concept as "a jump to the future, so [John Connor] will be quite a bit older." Other roles included How to Rob a Bank (2007), Sleepwalking (2008), and Quid Pro Quo (2008).
In 2010, Stahl starred as Max Matheson in Mirrors 2, the sequel to Mirrors, directed by Victor Garcia and penned by Matt Venne. Among his more recent films are On the Inside (2010) and Afghan Luke (2011), and Away from Here (2014).
In 2019, Stahl portrayed serial killer Glen Edward Rogers in The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. Filming commenced over the summer in 2018 and the film was released in the UK on December 9, 2019. The film was based on Rogers' claim that he himself had killed Nicole Brown Simpson instead of O. J. Simpson, Brown's ex-husband and the primary suspect who had previously been tried and acquitted for the murder in 1995. The film was widely panned by critics.
In 2019, Stahl appeared in The Lumineers’ short film, III, which is based on their new album. Stahl played the character Jimmy Sparks, who is a father and gambling addict.
Stahl married actress Rose Murphy in June 2009, but they separated in 2012. They have a daughter, Marlo.
In May 2012, Stahl's wife reported him missing. It was later reported that Stahl had checked into rehab. On December 27, 2012, Stahl was arrested at an adult film store in Hollywood, California, on suspicion of committing a lewd act. No charges were filed due to insufficient evidence. On June 28, 2013, Stahl was arrested in Hollywood for alleged possession of methamphetamine.
In a 2017 interview at the Dallas Comic Show, Stahl stated he had moved to Texas and was taking a leave of absence from acting to concentrate on family and sobriety. Stahl returned to acting in 2018 when filming of The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson began.
|1993||The Man Without a Face||Chuck Norstadt||Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama|
|1994||Safe Passage||Simon Singer|
|1995||Tall Tale||Daniel Hackett|
|1997||Eye of God||Tom Spencer|
|1998||Disturbing Behavior||Gavin Strick|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Pfc. Edward Bead||Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture|
|2001||In the Bedroom||Frank Fowler||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2001||The Sleepy Time Gal||Morgan|
|2003||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||John Connor|
|2003||Twist||Artful Dodger||Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|2005||Sin City||Roark Junior / Yellow Bastard||Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast|
|2006||The Night of the White Pants||Horace "Raff" Rafferty|
|2007||How to Rob a Bank||Jason Taylor / Jinx|
|2008||Quid Pro Quo||Isaac Knott|
|2009||My One and Only||Bud|
|2010||The Chameleon||Brendan Kerrigan|
|2010||Burning Palms||Robert Kane|
|2010||Mirrors 2||Max Matheson|
|2010||Everything Will Happen Before You Die||Hunter Robinson|
|2011||The Speed of Thought||Joshua Lazarus|
|2011||On the Inside||Allen Meneric|
|2011||Afghan Luke||Luke Benning|
|2011||388 Arletta Avenue||James Deakin|
|2014||Away from Here||James|
|2019||III||Jimmy Sparks||Short film|
|2019||The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson||Glen Edward Rogers|
|2021||Grace and Grit||Bob Doty|
|1991||Stranger at My Door||Robert Fortier||Television film|
|1992||Woman with a Past||Brian||Television film|
|1994||Incident in a Small Town||John Bell Trenton||Television film|
|1995||Blue River||Young Edward Sellars||Television film|
|1996||My Son Is Innocent||Eric Sutter||Television film|
|1996||Out of Order||Unknown||Episode: "Hey Joey"|
|1997||Promised Land||Billy Sullivan||Episode: "Cowboy Blues"|
|1998||Hercules||Castor (voice)||Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"|
|1999||Seasons of Love||Grover Linthorne||Television film|
Nominated – Prism Award for Performance in TV Movie or Miniseries
|2003–2005||Carnivàle||Ben Hawkins||24 episodes|
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Peter Harrison||Episode: "Zebras"|
|2011||Locke & Key||Duncan Locke||Pilot (unaired)|
|2012||House of Lies||Kurt||Episode: "Mini Mogul"|
|2012||Body of Proof||Marcel Trevino||2 episodes|
|2021||Fear the Walking Dead||Riley||5 episodes|
|2021||Animal Kingdom||Mike||5 episodes|
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- "Actor Nick Stahl Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Conduct in Adult Movie Store". The Hollywood Reporter. December 28, 2012.
- "Terminator's Nick Stahl Arrested Again—Find Out What He Got Busted for This Time". E! Online. June 28, 2013.
- on YouTube
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