Nate Parker

Born Nov 18, 1979

Nate Parker is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride. In his recent roles, he has performed alongside Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard. Parker has overcome turbulence and turmoil in his life both as a youth and a collegian.… Read More

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1979 Birth Born on November 18, 1979.


1997 17 Years Old He was a member of the 1997 - 98 state champion Great Bridge wrestling team and was a state champion wrestler who placed third in the High School National Wrestling Championships, while becoming a high school All-American. … Read More
1999 19 Years Old …  He then attended Churchland High School and continued on their wrestling team, before moving to Great Bridge High School before attending Penn State University on a wrestling scholarship in 1999.


2001 21 Years Old …  Celestin, who shares a story credit on The Birth of a Nation, was convicted of sexual assault and received a six month to one year prison sentence in 2001, later raised to two to four years per state sentencing guidelines. … Read More
2002 22 Years Old 1 More Event
After a gang rape allegation, he later transferred to and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, where he was on the wrestling team and received a degree in management science and information systems. … Read More
2006 26 Years Old In 2006, Parker played the male lead in Rome & Jewel, a hip-hop take on Romeo and Juliet that got mothballed and re-released in 2008. … Read More
In 2007, he had a small role in Pride, about an African American swim team. … Read More
2008 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Parker and co-stars Forest Whitaker and Denzel Washington were all nominated for the 2008 NAACP Image Awards in the best supporting actor category, which Denzel Washington won. … Read More


In 2012, Parker appeared as a World War II squadron commander in Red Tails, a film portraying Tuskegee Airmen. … Read More
2013 33 Years Old In 2013, he had a supporting role in Ain't Them Bodies Saints that Richard Brody of The New Yorker described as being a bar owner who is among an "enticing array of characters". … Read More
Kate Taylor of The Globe and Mail described Parker's performance as a novelist with writer’s block in the 2014 film About Alex as one of the more real performances in the film despite the "wrote" feel to the emotional developments. … Read More
2015 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Parker's independent short film #AmeriCan was nominated in the Outstanding Independent Short category at the Black Reel Awards of 2015 and won.
2016 36 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Parker made history at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with his directorial debut feature film The Birth of a Nation when Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights to the film for $17.5 million, which broke the record for the most paid for a Sundance Film Festival production surpassing Little Miss Sunshine, which had been acquired by Searchlight for $10 million ten years earlier.
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