Writing Out Loud, 2010

"From both a great and a terrible story, Mr. Nelson has made a film that is an undeniably worthy and devastating experience."—Rex Reed, New York Observor

Tim Blake Nelson

(1964– )

It’s a testament to Tim Blake Nelson’s acting ability that he was able to play Delmar, the doofus in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), with such conviction. In fact, Tim, a writer and director as well as an actor, is widely regarded as one of the country’s most serious filmmakers. For example, critic Roger Ebert refers to Tim’s Holocaust film, The Grey Zone (2001), as “immediate” and “unblinking.”

Tim has also written and directed thought-provoking, noir films set in Oklahoma, including Eye of God (1997) and Leaves of Grass (2009). Eye of God features Tulsa native Mary Kay Place.

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Did You Know...

Though Brad Pitt wanted to play Delmar in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the film's producers eventually chose Tim Blake Nelson for the role.

Getting Started with Tim Blake Nelson

Selected Works

Eye of God, 1997 (DVD)
The Grey Zone, 2001 (DVD)
Leaves of Grass, 2009 (DVD)

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