Nicholas Chinlund (born November 18, 1961 in New York City) is an American actor.
Nick was born and raised in East Harlem, attended the Friends Seminary in Lower Manhattan. He left the city to play basketball at Brown University, but his hoops career was cut short when he suffered an injury during his freshman year. The result is a three inch scar on his left shoulder. He remained a student at Brown and took up acting classes, realizing soon thereafter that acting was his true calling. After graduating from Brown, Chinlund moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Nick Chinlund began his acting career in theater, appearing in such critically acclaimed theater productions as Maps For Drowners; A View From the Bridge; Partners and Street Scene. From 1988 to 1989 he appeared at the renowned Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts in such productions as Mother Courage; The Legend of Oedipus and American Clock. His off-Broadway credits include Owl's Breath; Mothers, Brothers and Others and Corner Boys.
Mr.Chinlund has been seen in several independent projects, notably A Brother's Kiss (1997). He also served as the executive producer of the film, which was directed by childhood friend Seth Zvi Rosenfeld. A Brother's Kiss was filmed in and around the neighbourhood where Chinlund and Rosenfeld grew up. The film tells the story of two brothers, Lex (Nick Chinlund) and Mick, who grow up in the hard streets of New York. Nick Chinlund continued in his long vein of independent features with roles in dramas Chutney Popcorn (1999) and Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004).
Nick Chinlund starred in big screen movies such as: Tears of the Sun (2003) as Michael 'Slo' Slowenski; Con Air (1997) as William 'Billy Bedlam' Bedford; The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) as Toombs, directed by David Twohy, who also directed Chinlund in the underwater thriller Below (2002). He is possessed of the most brilliant talent of the drama actor and it's allows him to play roles of any genre from priests up to mercenaries. In 1997 Chinlund co-starred as sculptor/sketch artist Frederick Remington in Rough Riders, TNT's film about the Spanish American War. His amazing film credits also include: thriller Letter to My Killer (1995); comedy Amyís O (2001); crime drama Training Day (2001); adventure movie The Legend of Zorro (2005) and new drama Sinner (Grand Jury Award for Best Film at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 2007).
Throughout his career Chinlund has appeared in the long-running TV drama series including Law & Order; Third Watch; The X Files; The Sopranos; Desperate Housewives; Ghost Whisperer; Criminal Minds. Nick Chinlund participated in recording sound for animated cartoons and video games (Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron; Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury as Toombs; VG TimeShift as General Mitchell).
- Best Actor in a Leading Role (movie "Sinner")
41st Annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film & Video Festival
- Executive Produced the film A Brother's Kiss.
- Before Nick moving to Los Angeles, he worked the boards on the east coast, off-Broadway.
- Nick's great-grandfather left Sweden for America, Chicago in the 1870's.
- Nick took part in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2002.
- Sometimes credited as Nicholas Chinlund.
- Nick had never ridden a horse before the filming of the movie Bad Girls.
- Nick has a house in both New York and Los Angeles.
- Has a three inch scar on his left shoulder due to a basketball injury at Brown University.
- Has asthma and is allergic to cats.
- Is 6' 2½" (1.89 m) tall.
Nick Chinlund: "...It was one of the greatest experiences of my life...We shot it in 23 days. It was just a dream come true. I came up with the idea for the character (Lex) and really wanted that guy written for me, and so I commissioned it. It was a pipe dream -- maybe that's not the right phrase to use about this movie! People were telling me, "Nick, you can't do (a movie like this)?" I mean, this was ten years ago. I was like, "Why not?" No one gave me a good reason, so the movie got made."
Nick Chinlund: "...People want to go to the theaters mostly for big action movies or escapism. You sit in that dark room and you escape. But this is real. It's realistic. It's really one of the most realistic films I've ever seen. That's what we set out to make and we made it!"
Nick Chinlund: "...That's why I think this is going to do so well on video. It's because, like I said, there's a place for those other films, but there's definitely a place in the market for a film like this. I think it's a great message also - a message about familial bonds, and also what happens when a guy can't ask for help, who tries to [place] everything on his shoulders, and [finally] just snaps. He can't do it anymore. His dreams are broken."