Nick was sued in 2004 by the parents of a teenage girl on charges of negligence after a security guard working in his home supplied their daughter and other minors with drugs and alcohol.
In 1978, Karen Louise Ecklund, his girlfriend of 5 years sued him for $4.5 million in claims he promised to finance her business endeavors. The case was settled out of court.
Nick credits Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman as the reason he became an actor after seeing a local staging in his early twenties.
Nick, as a favor to his long-time friend director Alan Rudolph, took a role in the movie Investigating Sex free of charge.
When Nick was 21 years old he was convicted and served 5 years probation for selling fake military draft cards.
For his role in the 1990 crime drama Q&A, Nick put on more than 50 pounds in body weight.
In 1992, Nick was chosen as People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive".
Nick has won 8 awards in his professional acting career:
1992 BSFC Award (Boston Society of Film Critics) for "Best actor" in The Prince of Tides, 1997 Jury Award for "Best Ensemble Cast" in Afterglow, 1992 Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture" in The Prince of Tides, 1991 LAFCA Award (Los Angeles Film Critics Association) for "Best Actor" in The Prince of Tides, 1999 NSCF Award (National Society of Film Critics) for "Best Actor" in Affliction, 1998 NYFCC Award (New York Film Critics Circle) for "Best Actor" in Affliction, 1999 Saint Jordi Award for "Best Foreign Actor" in Affliction and 1997 Valladolid International Film Festival Award for "Best Actor" in Affliction.
Nick turned down starring roles as Indiana Jones, in Raider of the Lost Arc (1981), Clark Kent/Superman, in Superman (1978) and Han Solo, in Star Wars (1977).
In September of 2002, Nick was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and later checked himself into the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut after it was determined he was dosed with the GHB (the date rape drug).
Nick has been married and divorced three times since 1966. The first time to, Sheila Page (1966-1970). Next to Sharyn Haddad (1978-1983) and to Rebecca Linger (1984-1994).
Nick is of German, Swedish, Irish and Italian descent.
Nick and girlfriend Clytie Lane welcomed a baby girl, who hasn't yet been named, on October 3, 2007.
He is 6'1" (186cm).
Nick: (On the film Investigating Sex - 2001) If you feel you have a film that's valid, you stick your ass on the line
Nick: I never felt comfortable in real life very well. It's always been an awkward kind of thing for me and so when I hit the stage I just sensed freedom. I sensed here's a place that I can have all the experiences of life and not feel uncomfortable about.
Nick: You have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt. Once you're willing to do that, everything opens up and you get the freedom.
Nick: We truly have an ancient part of the brain that was about survival when we were prey but we seem to have gone past prey. We eat everything and nothing eats us.
Nick: There's an understanding about addiction. It's just learning about yourself. Either things are tough and you detach yourself or it becomes an experiment and a lifestyle. The thing about addiction is that you don't feel things. It's about cutting the pain off, whether it's physical or psychological.
Nick: I've made a lot of mistakes and I don't regret any of them. Sometimes that's the only way you learn.