Nick Adams

Actor + Screenwriter
Born Jul 10, 1931

Nick Adams was an American film and television actor. He was noted for his supporting roles in successful Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel. Decades after Adams' death from a prescription drug overdose at the age of 36, his widely publicized friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley would stir speculation about both his private life and the circumstances of his death.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on July 10, 1931.


1948 16 Years Old In 1948, while visiting New York, 17-year-old Adams wandered into an audition for Seán O'Casey's play, The Silver Tassie and met Jack Palance (who was understudying for Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire). … Read More
1951 19 Years Old After three years of struggle and optimistic self-promotion, his first film role came in 1951, an uncredited one-liner as a Western Union delivery boy in George Seaton's Somebody Loves Me (1952). … Read More


1952 - 1954 2 More Events
1955 23 Years Old …  Following Dean's 1955 death in an automobile accident, Adams overdubbed some of Dean's lines for the film Giant (these are in Jett Rink's speech at the hotel) and dated co-star Natalie Wood. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Adams' widely publicized friendship with Elvis Presley began in 1956 on the set of Presley's film Love Me Tender during the second day of shooting. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959 Adams starred in the ABC television series The Rebel playing the character Johnny Yuma, a wandering, ex-Confederate, journal-keeping, sawed-off shotgun toting "trouble-shooter" in the old American west. … Read More


1964 33 Years Old In 1964, Adams had a leading role opposite Nancy Malone in an episode ("Fun and Games") of The Outer Limits television series. … Read More
In 1965, after publicly insisting he would never work in films produced outside the US, Adams began accepting parts in Japanese science fiction monster movies (kaiju eiga). … Read More
1966 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1966, Adams and Nugent announced another reconciliation on a local television show, Bill John's Hollywood Star Notebook.
1967 36 Years Old On January 20, 1967, Adams was waiting for a court hearing to start when he was served with a $110,000 defamation suit by Nugent's boyfriend, Paul Rapp, who later married Nugent. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old 1 More Event
On the night of February 7, 1968 his lawyer and friend, ex-LAPD officer Ervin Roeder, drove to the actor's house at 2126 El Roble Lane in Beverly Hills to check on him after a missed dinner appointment. … Read More
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