Nick Stahl is an American actor who famously portrayed the character of ‘John Connor’ in the 2003 sci-fi action film ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’. He has appeared in many critically acclaimed roles throughout his acting career after making his debut in the film ‘The Man Without a Face’. For the role in his debut film, Stahl was nominated at the Young Artist Awards for Best Youth Actor Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama. Stahl appeared in the epic war film ‘The Thin Red Line’ as ‘Pfc. Edward Bead’ for which he won the Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture. He began his acting career as a young boy and has enjoyed much success till date. However, his personal life has always been a tumultuous one. He has been involved in numerous legal issues and has been arrested multiple times on different charges. In 2017, it was reported that the actor was keen on rebuilding his life and making a fresh start. He took a leave of absence for a few months to work on his personal issues and returned to acting in 2019.
During his childhood, Nick Stahl showed a deep interest in acting and used to appear in children’s plays. He made his acting debut in a television film titled ‘Stranger at My Door’ in 1991. Two years later, Stahl appeared in the drama film ‘The Man Without a Face’, alongside Mel Gibson, as ‘Chuck Norstadt’. Interestingly, the film was Stahl’s debut on the silver screen as well as Mel Gibson’s debut as a director. Stahl was lauded for his brilliant acting and was nominated at the Young Artist Awards which kick-started his acting career.
In the next few years, Stahl appeared in films like ‘Safe Passage’, ‘Tall Tale’, and ‘Eye of God’ in supporting roles. In 1998, Nick Stahl played one of the lead roles in the sci-fi horror film ‘Disturbing Behavior’ featuring James Marsden and Katie Holmes. Later in the same year, Stahl played the award-winning role of ‘Pfc. Edward Bead’ in the American-Canadian epic war film ‘The Thin Red Line’. The film won him and the rest of the cast the Best Cast in a Motion Picture Award at the Satellite Awards.
In 2001, Stahl appeared in the American independent film ‘In the Bedroom’ as ‘Frank Fowler’. He appeared alongside Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei in the crime tragedy film. Stahl received a nomination along with the rest of the cast at the ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’. After appearing in popular films like ‘Bully’ and ‘Bookies’, Stahl appeared in the third film of the ‘Terminator’ film series. He portrayed the central character of ‘John Connor’ in the film which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger and Claire Danes in lead roles. Over the years, the character of ‘John Connor’ has been played by multiple actors including Christian Bale and Jason Clarke. In the same year, Stahl was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the Genie Awards for his role of ‘Artful Dodger’ in the film ‘Twist’. He appeared in the drama film, which was based on Charles Dickens' classic novel ‘Oliver Twist’, alongside Joshua Close, Gary Farmer, and Michèle-Barbara Pelletier.
In 2003, Stahl received a regular role on television, for the first time in his career. He was cast in the role of ‘Ben Hawkins’ in the series ‘Carnivàle’ for two seasons. He was nominated at the Satellite Awards as well as at the Saturn Awards in the Best Actor/Supporting Actor categories. Stahl also appeared in Frank Miller’s neo-noir film ‘Sin City’ alongside Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, and Brittany Murphy. In the next few years, Stahl played roles in films like ‘Quid Pro Quo’, ‘Burning Palms’, ‘Dead Awake’, and ‘Mirrors 2’.
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Family & Personal Life
Nick Stahl was born on December 5, 1979, in Harlingen, Texas, to Donna Lynn and William Kent Stahl. He has two sisters named Bonny Stahl and Emily Stahl, both older than him. His mother was a brokerage assistant. His father, a businessman, left his wife and three children when Stahl was just two years old.
Stahl married actress Rose Murphy in June 2009 and had a daughter, Marlo. In May 2012, Stahl’s wife declared him to be missing. Later, Stahl confirmed he had checked into rehab during that time. He was arrested in the same year in an adult film store on suspicion of committing an indecent act. However, no charges were pressed due to lack of sufficient evidence. The subsequent year, he was arrested again for allegedly carrying methamphetamine. Since then, he has focused on resolving his personal issues and rebuilding his life.