Nick Wechsler is an American actor, best known for his performances in series such as ‘Roswell’ and ‘Revenge.’ Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, Nick aspired to become an actor ever since he was a teenager. He did theater during his high-school years, and following his high-school graduation, he immediately moved to Los Angeles, California, to look for TV and film roles. In 1996, he made his acting debut with the small role of ‘Mugger’ in the independent film titled ‘Full Circle.’ He had his major acting breakthrough the following year, when he appeared as ‘Trek Sanders’ in the 1997 series titled ‘Team Knight Rider.’ In 1999, he achieved wide fame with his performance as ‘Kyle Valenti’ in the science-fiction series ‘Roswell.’ However, despite a good beginning, his TV career in the next few years mostly consisted of guest appearances. He made his comeback in 2011, playing the lead role of ‘Jack Porter’ in the drama series titled ‘Revenge.’ He has appeared in films such as ‘Infamous,’ ‘Lie to Me,’ and ‘Perfect Game.’
Childhood & Early Life
Nick Wechsler was born Samuel Nicholas Wechsler, on September 3, 1978, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, to Janet Ruth and Joseph A. Wechsler. Nick was raised in a huge family and grew up with seven brothers.
During the formative years of his life, he had no clue that he had a deep-seated love for performing arts. He discovered his forté during his pre-teen years, when he watched a few plays. He began spending more time in theaters and became fascinated with the whole thing.
By the time he was in 10th grade, he had joined drama classes and had discovered that it was one of the few things he loved. Over the next few years, he continued to act in school theatrical productions, as he readied himself for a career in professional acting.
By the time he was in high school, he had also developed a keen love for singing. However, he soon found out that he was not a good singer.
What also affected him deeply during his teen years was that one of his older brothers had died of cancer. Over time, he became less interested in acting, especially when he realized how difficult it was to be an actor. Following this, he looked for other jobs. He briefly aspired to become a therapist and enrolled at the ‘Santa Monica Community College.’ Sometime later, he dropped out of the college and went back to acting.
Following this, Nick did not think enough and moved to Los Angeles, California, to try his luck in professional acting. He decided to struggle for a year and then move back to Albuquerque if things did not work out. However, as fate would have it, his dream of working in films soon came true.
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In 1996, Nick made his acting debut with a small role of a mugger in the independent drama film titled ‘Full Circle.’ He was 18 at that time and had just moved to Los Angeles to build a career in acting. The following year, he had his career breakthrough when he appeared in the series titled ‘Team Knight Rider.’
In 1997, he was cast as ‘Kevin Trek Sanders,’ one of the leads in ‘Team Knight Rider.’ Nick’s character in the series was a handsome technical genius. The series received average reviews was thus canceled after a season, covering 22 episodes.
Despite the cancelation of the series, Nick’s career benefitted from it greatly. He was still a teenager back then and was exposed to mainstream American TV. This role led him to appear in better roles.
In 1999, he played the supporting role of ‘Nick’ in the independent film titled ‘Chicks, Man.’
The same year, he continued his dream run on TV, playing the main role of ‘Kyle Valenti’ in the science-fiction series titled ‘Roswell.’ Based on a book series titled ‘Roswell High,’ the series received mixed reviews from critics. However, its consistently good ratings made sure it ran for three seasons, spanning 61 episodes. The series featured Nick as ‘Kyle,’ the comic relief and one of the most-loved characters in the series.
The series ran until 2002. The same year, Nick earned the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice Sidekick.’ He also received praises for his work in the series.
In 2000, Nick appeared in the supporting role of a state umpire in the made-for-TV comedy film titled ‘Perfect Game.’
Despite an amazing beginning to his TV career, Nick struggled hard to hold on to his success. After failing to earn more significant roles, he appeared in a string of guest roles.
In 2003, he was seen playing a guest role in an episode of the series ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ titled ‘Reese’s Party.’ He then appeared in more guest roles, in series such as ‘North Shore,’ ‘Cold Case,’ and ‘Tru Calling.’
In the late 2000s, he appeared in the pivotal role of ‘Luke’ in the comedy film ‘Lie to Me.’ The film received average reviews and was a moderate box-office success.
In 2007, he played a recurring three-episode-long role as ‘Joe Guisti’ in the series ‘Without a Trace.’ He appeared in another three-episode-long role, in the series titled ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’
In 2011, he began appearing as ‘Jack Porter,’ one of the main characters, in the series titled ‘Revenge.’ He appeared in 89 episodes of the series until 2015. His performance was appreciated, and he also received a nomination for a ‘Teen Choice Award.’
In the more recent years, he has been seen in recurring/supporting roles in series such as ‘Chicago P.D.’ and ‘Shades of Blue.’
Family & Personal Life
Despite being active in the industry, Nick constantly criticizes Hollywood’s “heartless” work culture. He once said that he did not want any of his brothers to be part of the film industry.
Nick has mostly been secretive about his personal life and has not shared anything about his relationships yet.