Born: December 5, 1979
Birthplace: Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
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.
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).
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.
|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||Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line||Pfc. Edward Bead||Satellite Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture|
|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|
|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|
|2009||My One and Only||Bud|
|2010||Chameleon, TheThe Chameleon||Brendan Kerrigan|
|2010||Burning Palms||Robert Kane|
|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|
|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|
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|