Timothy Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American actor, writer, and director. He was born into a Jewish family[1] in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will portray Detective Looking Glass in the upcoming Watchmen (TV series) for HBO. Nelson resides in New York City with his wife, Lisa Benavides, and their three sons.


Nelson attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. [2] He is a 1982 graduate of Holland Hall School in Tulsa, and a graduate of Brown University, where he was a Classics major as well as Senior Orator for his class of 1986. At Brown, he studied under the philosopher Martha Nussbaum. [3] He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Nelson won the Workman/Driskoll award for excellence in Classical Studies.[4] He graduated from Juilliard in 1990, a member of Group 19.[5] On May 8, 2009, he was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Tulsa's Beta of Oklahoma chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national collegiate honor society. [6]

As a playwright, Nelson's play, Socrates opened at The Public Theater in 2019, starring Michael Stuhlbarg.[7] It was favorably received by numerous publications, including the New York Times.[8]

On the acting front, his most famous roles include Delmar O'Donnell in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Dr. Pendanski in Holes (2003), Daniel "Danny" Dalton Jr. in Syriana (2005), Dr. Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk (2008), Richard Schell in Lincoln (2012), and Buster Scruggs in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).



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