Nick Chinlund

Nick Chinlund


11/18/1961, New York City, New York

Birth Name

Zareh Nicholas Chinlund



Also Known As

Nick Chunlund
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Six feet, two inches tall, Chinlund initially left his New york home to play basketball at Brown University, but was injured during his freshman year. At Brown, he majored in History.
In addition to several TV character roles, Chinlund has appeared in many plays and off-broadway. He worked…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Nick: (About the movie 'A Brother's Kiss') 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: (About the movie 'A Brother's Kiss') It was funny. That last scene, he did a great take. We thought we were done and then there was a question of whether or not the boom, the mike, got in the shot so we had to do it again. Michael was all upset about it. Then he had to do it again and he was brilliant! He used it for the next take and I think the next one was even better. It all worked out for a reason.

    • Nick: I can talk about myself forever!

    • Nick: (About the movie 'A Brother's Kiss') 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: I went to Brown University and I wanted to be a lawyer. I was a basketball player and then I got my arm operated on that ended my basketball career. A friend of mine asked me to audition for a play, and I got the bug.

  • A Great Character Actor

    Nick Chinlund is one of those actors you could see in 100 different roles and, while you would recognize his face, you wouldn't know his name. This is the trademark of a great character actor, and Nick Chinlund is a great character actor. I have enjoyed almost every show he has appeared in, and look forward to seeing him in many more.
  • Nick Chinlund possesses exceptional talent and versatility that contribute to his success as a prominent actor. His many notable performances include roles in The Chronicles of Riddick, Tears of the Sun, Training Day, Con Air, The Legend of Zorro.moreless

    Nick Chinlund born-and-raised in East Harlem, New York; the son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Friends Seminary in Lower Manhattan. He left the city to play basketball at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), but his hoops career was cut short when he suffered an injury during his freshman year. He stayed at Brown (majored in history) and took up acting classes (Theatre Speech and Dance. Brown University). Nick Chinlund played Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams. Theatre determined his true vocation. Before relocating to Los Angeles, Mr.Chinlund worked the boards on the east coast, where his theatre credits include the off-Broadway productions: "Owl's Breath", "Mothers, Brothers and Others" and "Corner Boys". In 1988-1989 he appeared at the renowned Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts in such productions as "The Legend of Oedipus" (July 1988), "American Clock" (July 1988), "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" (July 1988), "Tom Jones" (August 1988), " Henry the IV" (July 1989), "Passion" (August 1989), "Mother Courage" (August 1989). His stage work in L.A. includes "Maps for Drowners", "A View from the Bridge", "Partners", "Street Scene". In 1997 Mr.Chinlund has been seen in several independent projects, notably "A Brother's Kiss". 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 received rave reviews for his starring role in this movie. The Los Angeles Times praised Chinlund’s standout role and brilliant technique and style in performance. 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). Nick is possessed of the most brilliant talent of the dramatics that contribute to his success as a prominent actor and allows him to play roles of any genre from priests up to mercenaries. His many notable performances include roles in thriller "Letter to My Killer" (1995); war action "Rough Riders" (1997); comedy "Amy’s 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). Chinlund's talent and versatility transfer over to his many television appearances. Nick is hot off his recurring role as Detective Sullivan on the smash hit "Desperate Housewives". He also played Detective Tancredi on "Third Watch", Major Ellis in two episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and appeared on many others such as "Law & Order", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "The Sopranos", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Ghost Whisperer", "Gilmore Girls", "The X Files" and "Criminal Minds". He participated in recording sound for animated cartoons and video games ("Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron", "Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury" Toombs, VG "TimeShift" General Mitchell).moreless