Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska and began his career on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man".
He, along with Christopher Walken, were both considered for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars (1977).
In 1962, Nolte was given five years probation for selling fake draft cards.
In 1978, Karen Ecklund, his girlfriend of 5 years, sued him for community property and support.
Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role in Q & A (1990)
Born at 7:00pm-CST
Lives in Malibu, California.
Father of Brawley Nolte
Nolte was a heavy drinker until 1990. When Katherine Hepburn accused him of falling down drunk in every gutter in town, he replied: "I've got a few to go yet."
Chosen as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 
In Sept. 2002, he checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for counseling after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Malibu, CA a few days earlier. Tests later showed that he was under the influence of GHB, the "date rape" drug.
12 December 2002 - Nolte pled no contest to charges of driving under the influence. He was given three years' probation with orders to undergo alcohol and drug counseling with random testing required.
Attended Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Attended Kingsley Elementary School in Waterloo, Iowa
Is of German, Swedish, Irish and Italian descent
His career sarted in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Eleanor Moore Agency as a model for print ads.
His paternal grandfather was a German farmer with farm in Iowa.
His father, Frank Nolte, was an irrigation pump salesman. His father was also an All-American candidate at Iowa State in 1934. His mother, Helen Nolte, was a department store buyer. He has an older sister, Nancy, who is the executive for Red Cross.
Turned down the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Was supposed to host Saturday Night Live back in 1982 as part of the promotional tour for 48 Hrs. which was the film debut of then SNL star Eddie Murphy, but fell ill at the last minute and had to drop out, so Murphy hosted in his place.
Was considered for the role of Superman/Clark Kent in the 1978 film.
There is a long-standing misconception that Dr. Charles Nolte, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater Arts and Dance, is Nick Nolte's father.