- Alessandro Antine Nivola
June 28, 1972 (age 49)
- Emily Mortimer
- Pietro Salvatore Nivola, Virginia Nivola
Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor and producer, who has starred in feature films such as American Hustle and Face/Off.
Nivola was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, Virginia (née Davis), is an artist, and his father, Pietro Salvatore Nivola, is a professor of political science who wrote the book Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America. Nivola's paternal grandfather was the Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola, and his paternal grandmother, Ruth Guggenheim, was a Jewish refugee from Germany. Nivola has described his mother as "a WASP, from the South", and has stated that she is a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He has a brother, Adrian, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University.
Nivola earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for his first performance on the New York stage in the 1995 Broadway production of A Month In The Country opposite Helen Mirren.
Since then he has starred in numerous films including David O. Russell's American Hustle which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award. Among his other films are Lisa Cholodenko’s Laurel Canyon (Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting actor), Coco Before Chanel, Junebug, Mansfield Park, Kenneth Brannagh’s Love's Labor's Lost, Jurassic Park 3, Goal 1 and 2, The Eye, I Want You, Best Laid Plans, Janie Jones, Five Dollars A Day, and John Woo’s Face/Off (Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination).
In 2009 he was given the Excellence in Acting Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
In 2013, Nivola was among the New York Times critics’ picks for an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in Sally Potter’s film Ginger and Rosa.
Nivola married British actress Emily Mortimer in the Chilterns, Buckinghamshire in January 2003; the couple have a son, Samuel John, born in Westminster, London, on September 23, 2003. They also have a daughter, May Rose, born on January 15, 2010. They live in Brooklyn, New York.