Nick Searcy (born March 7, 1959) is an American actor best known for portraying Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on FX's Justified. He also had a major role in the Tom Hanks-produced miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as Deke Slayton. He will be directing an upcoming film about convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell.
Life and career
Searcy was born in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Cullowhee High School. He then briefly attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English.
From 1982 to 1989, Searcy lived in New York where he did Off-Broadway plays. Some of these included Guys and Dolls, Cabaret and Jesus Christ Superstar. When he moved back to North Carolina, he began to act in features that were shooting locally. Small parts in Days of Thunder (1990) and The Prince of Tides led to the role of the malicious Frank in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).
Searcy has appeared in several television series. He had a recurring role as Brett on Thunder Alley, was a series regular on American Gothic and guest starred on Murder One and Nash Bridges with Don Johnson. He was a regular character on the UPN series Seven Days from 1998 to 2001, and played Barry Martin on the ABC series Rodney, which starred Rodney Carrington, from 2004 to 2006. He has also starred in several TV movies, including In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994), Stolen Innocence (1995) and Le Jeu de l'oie (1980). In 2014 he appeared in the CBS drama Intelligence.
In the summer of 1996, Searcy produced, directed and acted in his independent feature, Paradise Falls (1997), written by Sean Bridgers, and they won a Hollywood Discovery Award at the Hollywood Film Festival for Best Feature Film (Under $1 Million) and Best Dramatic Feature at the Charleston, S.C., 1997 WorldFest. Since then, he has appeared in films such as Cast Away (2000), One Hour Photo (2002), Runaway Jury (2003), and The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2005).
In 2011, Searcy appeared in the Herman Cain campaign ad "Yellow Flowers" on YouTube.
In 2015, Searcy was named the director of the movie Gosnell: America's Biggest Serial Killer, a true crime drama based on the serial infant killer Kermit Gosnell.
On December 27, 2017, Searcy was guest host of The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Searcy resides in Southern California with his wife, actress Leslie Riley, and their two children, Chloe and Omar.
Activity on social media
Searcy's political and interpersonal behavior on social media, such as Twitter, has been highlighted in several news outlets. Searcy has stated, "I know people have feelings. That’s why I try to hurt them." His views are typically anti-liberal, and he frequently responds to criticism of his views or behavior by discussing his wealth or awards.
In 2013, Searcy mocked Sean Penn's political views upon the death of Penn's friend Hugo Chavez. Later that year, he responded to professional wrestler Kevin Nash's remarks on the Affordable Healthcare Act by calling him an "ass-kissing statist". In 2014, Searcy attacked several individuals in a discussion of same-sex marriage and incest, during which he mocked individuals and journalists on the basis of their weight. Searcy also routinely ridiculed people because of their weight in 2015. Searcy was also noted for his criticism of Donald Trump in 2016, and reported that friends were angry at him for jokes he made about the presidential candidate at the time. Searcy reported, "I have trouble finding this election anything other than ridiculous." In 2017, he expressed uncertainty over whether he has lost work due to his political views.