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Nom de naissance Alexander L. Nicol Jr.
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 20 janvier 1916 à Ossining (village) (Etats-Unis)
Mort 29 juillet 2001 (à 85 ans) à Montecito (Etats-Unis)

Alex Nicol est un acteur américain né à Ossining (État de New York) le 20 janvier 1916; mort à Montecito (Californie) le 29 juillet 2001.


He was born Alexander Livingston Nicol Jr., in Ossining, New York, in 1916. When his movie career started thirty-four years later he adjusted the year to 1919. "I was a little older than some of the other people under contract so I thought, 'Well, I'll cure that right now'," he later confessed. His father was the arms keeper at Sing Sing. He studied at the Feagin School of Dramatic Art before joining Maurice Evans' theatrical company, with whom he made his Broadway debut with a walk-on in Henry IV, Part 1 (1939). Later a member of The Actors Studio, Nicol would play Brick in Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, under the direction of Studio co-founder Elia Kazan.

However, it was as a character actor that Nicol spent most of his career. He also directed films, and appeared frequently on television. His acting career was interrupted by a five-year stint in the army. He served with the 101st Cavalry and attained the rank of Technical Sergeant.

Upon discharge, Nicol returned to Broadway in a revival of Clifford Odets' pro-union drama Waiting for Lefty (1946). Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to The Actors Studio, where he worked with Elia Kazan; this led to a role in the Studio's 1948 production of Sundown Beach, staged by Kazan. Nicol next appeared in Forward the Heart, and then as part of the original cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific (1949), playing one of the marines, but after a few weeks in the show he successfully auditioned to replace Ralph Meeker as Mannion in Mister Roberts, and was also made understudy to the play's star Henry Fonda.

"But I never made it! He never missed a performance! And Henry's wife at the time died during the run of Mr. Roberts, but he still didn't miss the performance the night she died. He didn't show up, and the stage manager finally said to me, 'Okay, Alex, get dressed'. So I had the outfit on, and then the stage manager looked at his watch and said, 'All right, two more minutes, and we go up'. And we were one minute away from curtain time, and Fonda walked in, in costume, and he just walked right out, hit his mark, and he played the performance as though nothing had happened."
While acting in Mister Roberts, Nicol was seen by the Universal Studios director George Sherman, who was in New York City to film The Sleeping City (1950). He cast Nicol as a young doctor. Nicol was given a contract by Universal, and Sherman also directed his second film, Tomahawk (1951), in which he played a cavalry officer with a hatred of Indians.

Small roles as a prisoner of war in Target Unknown (1951) and a trainee pilot in Air Cadet (1951) preceded Nicol's first major part, co-starring with Frank Sinatra and Shelley Winters in the musical drama Meet Danny Wilson (1952). In his next film he was an antagonist again, causing Loretta Young to be wrongly sent to prison in Because of You (1952). He played a troublesome sergeant in Red Ball Express (1952), directed by Budd Boetticher.

Nicol's first lead role was opposite Maureen O'Hara in The Redhead from Wyoming (1953) directed by Lee Sholem.

"Roll 'Em Sholem" they used to call him. All he would say before every scene was "Roll 'Em!" And then when you got to the end of the scene he'd say "Cut!" and then he'd look at the script clerk and say, "Did they say all the words?", and if so that was it. When the picture was over I went to the front office at Universal and asked to be released from my contract. They thought I was crazy. But I thought, "If this is my big break, then I'm not going very far."
Going freelance, Nicol was directed by Daniel Mann in About Mrs. Leslie (1953) starring Shirley Booth and Robert Ryan. Nicol returned to Universal (at a much larger salary than he had been getting as a contract player) to appear in two George Sherman films, The Lone Hand (1953) and Dawn at Socorro (1954). Nicol then made three films in England, most notably Ken Hughes' The House Across the Lake (1954).

"It was a great script, and Sidney James, a wonderful actor, was in it, along with Hillary Brooke. Eventually I got back to the United States and I was glad to come back. Those British pictures kept me working, but they were really fast, really cheaply budgeted."
Anthony Mann directed Nicol in his role as a navigator in Strategic Air Command (1955), and it was Mann who then gave the actor his best-remembered role as the weak psychopathic son of a patriarch rancher (Donald Crisp) that menaced Jimmy Stewart in The Man from Laramie (1955).

After a supporting role in Jacques Tourneur's Great Day in the Morning (1956) Nicol believed his Hollywood career was not progressing. In 1956 he returned to Broadway to replace Ben Gazzara in the lead role of Brick, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. When the Broadway run ended Nicol starred in the tour.

Nicol starred with Shelley Winters in the play Saturday Night Kid (1958). He then returned to Hollywood where he made his first film as a director, The Screaming Skull (1958), in which he also acted.

"I wasn't doing the kind of films as an actor that I wanted to do, so I thought, "Well, I'll try directing." We shot the picture in six weeks and it did very well, so I was happy with that."
Nicol traveled to Italy when director Martin Ritt gave him a role in Five Branded Women (1959). While there he was offered parts in other movies. He and his family remained in Europe for two years.

"We lived in Rome; God, it was beautiful. We did a lot of films very quickly, with backing from Italian and Yugoslavian finance sources. It was one of the happiest times of my life."
One of his last assignments in Italy was another directorial credit, Then There Were Three, also known as Three Came Back, a World War II combat and spy actioner, which he also produced and was one of the co-stars, along with Frank Latimore. Returning to the United States in 1961, he played Paul Anka's father in the thriller Look in Any Window (1961), with subsequent acting roles including the The Twilight Zone episode "Young Man's Fancy" in 1962; two westerns, The Savage Guns (1962) and Gunfighters of Casa Grande (1964); Roger Corman's Bloody Mama (1969), based on the life of Ma Barker, and the independently mede religious horror The Night God Screamed. Second-billed to star Jeanne Crain, he portrayed her husband, a small-time evangelist whose death at film's midpoint occurs through crucifixion by religious fanatics led by a charismatic guru styled upon Charles Manson, whose 1969 cult murders were still fresh in the public's mind during the film's production in 1971.

Nicol later worked as a director in television and did episodes of Daniel Boone, Wild Wild West, and many episodes for Tarzan starring Ron Ely. The last film in which he acted was A*P*E (1976), an independent movie made by a friend of the actor. He retired in the late 1980s and died of natural causes in Montecito, California in 2001.

Alex Nicol was survived by his wife, Jean and his three children, Lisa Nicol, Alexander Nicol III, and Eric Nicol.

Le plus souvent avec

Paul Leder
Paul Leder
(1 films)
Guido Celano
Guido Celano
(4 films)
Russ Conway
Russ Conway
(2 films)
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Filmographie de Alex Nicol (33 films)

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La Révolte de Kong, 1h27
Réalisé par Paul Leder
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Fantastique, Aventure, Horreur
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un animal, Magie, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Film d'horreur avec des animaux, Mise en scène d'un singe, King Kong, Monstre géant, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Film catastrophe
Acteurs Joanna Kerns, Alex Nicol, Lee Nak-hoon, Jules Levey, Paul Leder
Rôle Colonel Davis
Note25% 1.269941.269941.269941.269941.26994
Au large des côtes sud-coréennes, un singe géant s'évade du bateau à bord duquel il était emprisonné. Après un combat avec un requin, il s'enfuit en direction de Séoul, et tombe amoureux d'une belle actrice blonde, partagée entre horreur et compassion envers le primate...
The Night God Screamed, 1h25
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur, Policier
Thèmes Religion
Acteurs Jeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Jack Donner, Barbra Hancock, James Sikking, Corinne Conley
Rôle Willis Pierce
Note61% 3.099713.099713.099713.099713.09971
In the seven-and-a-half-minute pre-credits sequence, a faceless hooded figure, dressed like a monk and carrying a six-foot cruciform staff, walks through a forest, stopping on a hill overlooking a lakeside baptismal ceremony conducted by a Christ-like figure (Michael Sugich) who starts making a speech/plea to God, expressing gratitude for being shown the light and receiving "a chance to be saved". He then thanks God for giving him the power and for making him "Your son". He tells God that all those present "were just a bunch of sinners", but "I saved them", because "I made them see that using dope was the way to turn on to you". Continuing, "we got trouble, Lord — the heat won't leave us alone — they want to bust us for being hooked on you", he then declaims that "they don't dig our kind of faith — they put us down cause we ain't one of them uptight establishment churches with one of them phony moneymaking ministers, lying and stealing…" He tells God and the assembled young followers that one among them was sent to "spy on us and try to bust us". He focuses on one of the girls and announces, "there's a chick that don't want to be baptized — she don't want to follow me" and finishes by pronouncing, "Oh, yes, Lord, in our happy flock, maybe we got us a Judas". When the girl (Andrea Darvi) gets up and tries to run, she is quickly caught and held, as the Christ-like figure, now revealed to be the leader of a Charles Manson-styled cult, calls for "The Atoner" who, appearing from the bushes, is the initially-seen silent hooded figure with the tall cross/staff. The cult leader, whom the girl addresses as "Billy Joe", forcibly "baptizes" her, with The Atoner holding her underwater, in front of all assembled, until she drowns.
Bloody Mama, 1h30
Réalisé par Roger Corman
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Policier
Thèmes La famille, Gangsters
Acteurs Shelley Winters, Bruce Dern, Don Stroud, Diane Varsi, Robert De Niro, Robert Walden
Rôle George Barker
Note57% 2.850862.850862.850862.850862.85086
La famille Baker, composée de la mère Kate et des quatre fils, quitte le logis familial en quête d'aventure. C'est une famille peu recommandable, qui commet tous les délits possibles sous l'égide de la mère. La « famille » s'agrandira au fur et à mesure de leur périple jusqu'à ce qu'elle capture un homme d'affaires, exigeant une rançon.
Gunfighters of Casa Grande, 1h32
Réalisé par Roy Rowland
Genres Western
Acteurs Alex Nicol, Jorge Mistral, Aldo Sambrell, Roberto Rey, Diana Lorys, José Manuel Martín
Rôle Joe Daylight
Note47% 2.374862.374862.374862.374862.37486
Joe Daylight is on the run along with members of his outlaw gang, The Kid, Doc and Henri. After fleeing from a bank robbery, they manage to elude the posse chasing them after crossing into Mexico. The gang had agreed to meet up later to divide up the money, however Daylight instead tells them that he has used the money to buy a hacienda, the Casa Grande. Although several of them protest, the gang agrees to follow Daylight to the ranch. He also enlists a mystical Mexican gunfighter called ”Viajero” (Traveller) – who knows the neighbourhood and comes from a haciendero family (though few know this) – to help him fit into the role of a Mexican hacienda owner, a hidalgo.
La chevauchée des outlaws, 1h23
Réalisé par Michael Carreras
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Romance, Western
Acteurs Richard Basehart, Don Taylor, Alex Nicol, José Manuel Martín, Fernando Rey, José Nieto
Rôle Danny Pose
Note47% 2.3911352.3911352.3911352.3911352.391135
The film takes place in a small valley in the Mexican state of Sonora, near the Arizona Territory, around 1870. Steve Fallon, a drifter and gun-for-hire, is severely exhausted when travelling through the barren landscape and is found by Mike Summers and his wife, Franchea. He is taken into their home and, while recovering, he learns that a local land baron, Ortega, is pressuring local ranchers to sell their land to him with the help of Danny Pose and his gang of outlaws. Fallon also develops feelings for Fanchea's sister, Juana.
Une question de l'OMS
Réalisé par Don Chaffey
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Terry-Thomas, Sonja Ziemann, Alex Nicol, Richard Briers, Honor Blackman, Carol White (actrice anglaise)
Rôle Edward Kennedy
Note64% 3.2300153.2300153.2300153.2300153.230015
responsables de la santé (Terry Thomas, Alex Nicol) lien une épidémie de variole en Europe pour le forage pétrolier au Moyen-Orient.
Cinq femmes marquées, 1h55
Réalisé par Martin Ritt, Bernard Vorhaus, Guido Guerrasio
Origine Italie
Genres Drame, Guerre, Historique
Thèmes Politique, La peine de mort
Acteurs Silvana Mangano, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jeanne Moreau, Vera Miles, Carla Gravina, Van Heflin
Rôle Svenko
Note66% 3.34173.34173.34173.34173.3417
Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, des partisans yougoslaves tondent cinq villageoises accusées d’avoir eu des relations avec les nazis. Après la sauvage agression, par les partisans, d’un sergent ennemi soupçonné d’avoir été leur amant, les cinq femmes, bannies, prennent le maquis dans le but de venger leur honneur.
La grande pagaille, 2h
Réalisé par Luigi Comencini
Origine Italie
Genres Drame, Guerre, Comédie
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Alberto Sordi, Eduardo De Filippo, Serge Reggiani, Martin Balsam, Nino Castelnuovo, Claudio Gora
Rôle Le prisonnier américain
Note76% 3.832833.832833.832833.832833.83283
Le film débute le 8 septembre 1943 pour s'achever au moment de l'insurrection de Naples, vingt jours plus tard : le sous-officier Innocenzi et son détachement trouvent leur caserne abandonnée et constatent avec stupeur que les troupes allemandes les considèrent, à présent, comme des ennemis. Innocenzi cherche à préserver un semblant d'autorité, mais ses soldats, à l'exception d'un seul, Ceccarelli, lui faussent compagnie. Déguisés en civils, grâce à des paysans, les deux hommes devront traverser des situations rocambolesques et pourtant terriblement tragiques. Abattu par des Allemands, alors qu'il tentait de fuir, le soldat Ceccarelli meurt dans les bras du sous-lieutenant. Celui-ci rejoint alors un groupe de résistants.
Sous dix drapeaux, 1h40
Réalisé par Carlo Lizzani, Duilio Coletti
Origine Italie
Genres Guerre, Historique
Thèmes La mer, Transport, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Politique
Acteurs Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Mylène Demongeot, Folco Lulli, Gian Maria Volonté, Guido Celano
Rôle Knoche
Note65% 3.2801453.2801453.2801453.2801453.280145
Durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le croiseur allemand Atlantis quitte Hambourg avec l’ordre de couler le plus grand nombre de vaisseaux ennemis. Son capitaine, Bernhard Rogge, va appliquer ses convictions humanitaires même quand ses ordres seront de tuer l'ennemi…
Le Bossu de Rome, 1h43
Réalisé par Carlo Lizzani
Origine Italie
Genres Drame, Guerre, Biographie
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Gérard Blain, Anna Maria Ferrero, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernard Blier, Nino Castelnuovo, Enzo Cerusico
Rôle Ufficiale Americano
Note69% 3.45363.45363.45363.45363.4536
Alvaro fights during World War II against the Nazis and soon becomes a partisan leader. The other resistance fighters eventually dismiss him because they find his behaviour inacceptable. After the war he doesn't return to a normal life but turns into a foolhardy gangster.
La Rue des amours faciles, 1h33
Réalisé par Mario Camerini
Origine Italie
Genres Drame, Comédie, Comédie dramatique
Acteurs Antonella Lualdi, Gérard Blain, Franco Fabrizi, Yvonne Furneaux, Cristina Gaioni, Spiros Focás
Rôle Bill Rogers
Note67% 3.3502853.3502853.3502853.3502853.350285
Portraits de femmes vivant dans la rue Margutta, à Rome, abritant de nombreux artistes affranchis de toute morale. L'une veut rester une éternelle enfant, une autre plus vieille épouse un bellâtre bon à rien, une troisième se sacrifie à un homme odieux, une dernière tente de sauver son mari du suicide...
Le crâne hurlant, 1h8
Réalisé par Alex Nicol
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Horreur
Thèmes La musique, Musique
Acteurs Russ Conway, Peggy Webber, John Hudson, Tony Johnson, Alex Nicol
Rôle Mickey
Note38% 1.907061.907061.907061.907061.90706
Une jeune femme névrosée est convaincue qu'elle est hantée par le fantôme de la précédente épouse de son mari.
L'Or et l'Amour, 1h32
Réalisé par Jacques Tourneur
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Acteurs Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Alex Nicol, Raymond Burr, Regis Toomey
Rôle Capitaine Stephen Kirby
Note64% 3.2399653.2399653.2399653.2399653.239965
1861. Owen Pentecost arrive à Denver (Colorado), en même temps qu'Ann Merry Alaine, qui vient y ouvrir un magasin de vêtements. Il y rencontre Boston, qui travaille dans le saloon. Les deux femmes commencent à tomber amoureuses d'Owen, mais ce dernier n'est-il pas là plutôt pour l'or des Confédérés…