Nick Stahl

Nick Stahl

Birth name: Nicolas Kent Stahl
Born: December 5, 1979
Age: 38
Birthplace: Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
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Nicolas Kent Stahl (born December 5, 1979) is an American actor known for The Man Without a Face, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Carnivàle. 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 film 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 with Arnold Schwarzenegger. More recently, he also starred in the films Mirrors 2, Afghan Luke, and Away from Here.


Early life

Stahl was born in Harlingen, Texas, the son of Donna Lynn (née Reed), a brokerage assistant and William Kent Stahl, a businessman.


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, co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (2003). 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, after he'd taken over the role originally played by Edward Furlong, who had played Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Instead Christian Bale took over. Stahl noted the film's concept as "a jump to the future, so my character 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 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).

Personal life

Stahl married actress Rose Murphy in June 2009, but separated in 2012. The couple have a daughter, Marlo.

By his own admission, Stahl has struggled with drugs and alcohol. After their separation and Rose Stahl’s filing for custody of their child, he had several public incidents. On May 14, 2012, his estranged wife filed a police report on his disappearance; five days later he was found and he entered into rehabilitation. He was arrested on December 27, 2012 in a Los Angeles adult movie store and charged with a misdemeanor for lewd conduct while watching a movie in a private booth. On June 28, 2013 Stahl was taken into custody for alleged substance abuse after being found in a Hollywood motel with three other people.

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, but planned to return to performing at a later time.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Man Without a Face, TheThe 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 Soundman Tommy Pepin
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Pfc. Edward Bead Satellite Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture
2000 Lover's Prayer Vladimir
2000 Sunset Strip Zach
2001 In the Bedroom Frank Fowler Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Sleepy Time Gal, TheThe Sleepy Time Gal Morgan
2001 Bully Bobby Kent
2002 Taboo Christian Turner
2003 Bookies Toby
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 Night of the White Pants, TheThe Night of the White Pants Horace "Raff" Rafferty
2007 How to Rob a Bank Jason Taylor / Jinx
2008 Quid Pro Quo Isaac Knott
2008 Sleepwalking James Reedy
2009 My One and Only Bud
2010 Chameleon, TheThe Chameleon Brendan Kerrigan
2010 Burning Palms Robert Kane
2010 Meskada Noah Cordin
2010 Dead Awake Dylan
2010 Kalamity Billy Klepack
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
2017 American Dream Yuri In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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
2002 Wasted Chris 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
2012 House of Lies Kurt Episode: "Mini Mogul"
2012 Body of Proof Marcel Trevino 2 episodes

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