Nick Adams
Actor, screenwriter
Nick Adams
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.
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The premiere of Steve McQueen's 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,' feat. Michael Landon - Examiner.com
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"The Martin Poster" boasted another familiar guest star with Nick Adams, who had enjoyed strong supporting roles (easily more than his costars up to that point) in Rebel Without A Cause, Picnic with William Holden, Teacher's Pet with Clark Gable and
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Adams wins WR job for UAB - College Fantasy Football Insider
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UAB senior wide receiver Nick Adams has won the starting job as the "X" receiver. Adams missed 2010 with an Achillies injury and will be backed up by freshman Jamarcus Nelson. Keep an eye on his achillies injury as Adams' game is based on speed and
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Who Killed the War on Terror? - The Atlantic
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By Nick Adams, Ted Nordhaus, & Michael Shellenberger The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of Navy Seals last May marked a turning point in the fight against al Qaeda. But one thing it did not mark was an end to the War on Terror
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State police investigating fatal accident near Rio - Galesburg Register-Mail
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NICK ADAMS/The Register-Mail The scene of a fatal accident that happened Tuesday afternoon near Rio. By Anonymous A single person was pronounced dead Tuesday near Rio after Illinois State Police responded to a two-car accident
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Veteran receivers at UAB are helping the younger receivers become better players - al.com
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He wants senior Nick Adams to be more than a deep threat. He also wants Adams to help teach speedy redshirt freshman receiver Jamarcus Nelson how to run routes. Bowens wants junior Patrick Hearn to show redshirt freshman DJ Vinson how to become a go-to
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UAB WR Nick Adams is back at full strength and poised for a big season - al.com
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By Steve Irvine -- The Birmingham News UAB wide receiver Nick Adams warms up before Monday's practice. (The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) UAB wide receiver Nick Adams practiced with a smile on his face Monday. The opening day was more than the opening
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Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, et al. Set for BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK, 8/11 - Broadway World
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The best of Broadway is being presented free on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with "106.7 Lite fm's Broadway in Bryant Park 2011" - a lunchtime series that began on Thursday July 7th on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America,
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The Lunch Gang visits Taste of Galesburg - Galesburg Register-Mail (blog)
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Among The RM employees serving as official food judges were Nick Adams, photo editor; Erin McCarthy, education reporter; and Nathan Clark, advertising. The Register-Mail was a title sponsor for Taste of Galesburg 2011. The setup: Our initial crew of
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STAGE TUBE: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Celebrates Marriage Equality! - Broadway World
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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award and Tony Award® nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered
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PHOTO CALL: Martha Wash and Priscilla Perform at SoHo Apple Store - Playbill.com
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Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon (as Bernadette), Hair Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (as Tick/Mitzi) and La Cage aux Folles actor Nick Adams (as Adam/Felicia) star as "the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure
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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Featured on NBC's IN THE WINGS - Broadway World
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NBC's "In the Wings" host Lauren Scala went backstage with PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Nick Adams, Jacqueline B. Arnold and Gavin Lodge to discuss marriage equality on the eve of Sunday's historic landmark licensing date
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Spare Times Museums and Sites Asia Society and Museum: 'Ai Weiwei -- New York Photographs 1983-1993' (Friday through Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday) A display of more than 200 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist who was recently released from detention in Beijing, will be on view through Aug. 14. Museum hours: Fridays,
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Editor's Notebook: RM photographer leading 4-state region - Galesburg Register-Mail
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By TOM MARTIN Register-Mail Photo Editor Nick Adams continues to excel in monthly National Press Photographers Association competition. Right now, he's leading the region in photography for the year. Photographers compete each month in clip contests in
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Splash 'N Boots can be seen nationwide - Mitchell Advocate
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Today Nick Adams, a former Mitchell resident, and his wife Taes perform worldwide and –as of June 22 - can be seen nationwide on Treehouse TV. Their short video, called For the Love of Dance, features an original upbeat song,
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Survey: Midwesterners see globalization as oppressive, not opportunity - Galesburg Register-Mail
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Photo by Nick Adams By JOHN PULLIAM Seventy-two percent of registered voters surveyed in eight Midwestern states believe globalization has harmed manufacturing in the region. Another 66 percent believe the global economy subjects American companies to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nick Adams
    THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Seeing a light on and his car in the garage, Roeder broke through a window and discovered Adams in his upstairs bedroom, slumped dead against a wall. During the autopsy Dr. Thomas Noguchi found enough paraldehyde, sedatives and other drugs in the body "to cause instant unconsciousness." The death certificate lists "paraldehyde and promazine intoxication" as the immediate cause of death along with the notation accident; suicide; undetermined. During the 1960s, drug interaction warnings were not so prominent as they later would be, and the American Medical Association has subsequently warned these two types of drugs should never be taken together. The death of Nick Adams has been cited in articles and books about Hollywood's unsolved mysteries along with speculation by a few of Adams' acquaintances he was murdered (per author David Kulczyk, Adams was apparently planning to write a tell-all book revealing many sexual secrets of Hollywood names) and claims no trace of paraldehyde (a liquid sedative often given to alcoholics at the time and one of two drugs attributed to his death) was ever found in his home. However, Adams' brother Andrew had become a medical doctor and prescribed the sedative to him. Moreover, a story in the Los Angeles Times reported stoppered bottles with prescription labels were found in the medicine cabinet near the upstairs bedroom where Adams' body was discovered. Through the years, Adams' children offered speculation ranging from murder to accidental death, the latter perhaps caused by Roeder while trying to calm the actor's nerves with an unintentionally lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs (although the autopsy found no alcohol in Adams' blood).
  • 1967
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, nine days later he was granted temporary custody of the children. His son Jeb Adams later recalled, "He saw it as a competition, basically, more than anything of getting custody of us. But, a matter of a week or two later, he gave us back to my mom". Nugent later regained legal custody of the children. After finishing Los Asesinos (1968), produced by Luis Enrique Vergara and filmed in Mexico, Adams bought a plane ticket with his own money and flew to Rome to co-star with Aldo Ray in a science fiction/horror movie called Murder in the Third Dimension, but when he got there, he found the project had been dropped. Susan Strasberg, who had worked with him 13 years earlier on the hit film Picnic and was living in Italy, encountered a thoroughly demoralized Adams in a Rome bar.
  • 1966
    Age 34
    However, in November 1966, Nugent resumed the divorce proceedings and obtained a restraining order against him, alleging Adams was "prone to fits of temper" and in an affidavit charged he had "choked her, struck her and threatened to kill her during the past few weeks."
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    In January 1966, Adams and Nugent announced another reconciliation on a local television show, Bill John's Hollywood Star Notebook.
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  • 1965
    Age 33
    By July 1965, Adams and Nugent were legally separated; Nugent filed for divorce in September.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, while Adams was in Japan, Nugent was granted a divorce and custody of the children.
    While promoting Young Dillinger during a television appearance on The Les Crane Show in early 1965, Adams "shocked" the viewing audience with an announcement he was leaving his wife—seemingly without telling her first.
    More Details Hide Details The couple publicly announced a reconciliation a week later but his career and personal life following this episode have been characterized as a "tragic freefall". Adams and actress Kumi Mizuno may have had a short affair while he was working in Japan. "That's one of the reasons my parents were divorced", his daughter, playwright Allyson Lee Adams, later said. "My dad had a penchant for becoming infatuated with his leading ladies. It was a way for him to take on the role he was playing at the time."
    Adams made four films in Japan during 1965 and 1966.
    More Details Hide Details During this time he also co-starred with Boris Karloff in Die, Monster, Die! (1965), a gothic horror–sci fi movie filmed in England. In early 1967 Disney released Mosby's Marauders, a now mostly forgotten but successful Civil War drama told from a southern perspective with Adams in the role of a cruel Union army sergeant. Adams guest-starred in five episodes of four TV series that year, including an installment of his friend Robert Conrad's The Wild Wild West, an appearance in Combat! and two episodes of Hondo (a short-lived western which also had an ex-Confederate theme). Throughout 1967 and early 1968 he also worked in three low-budget films. One of these was Mission Mars (1968) which, having been released the same year as Stanley Kubrick's widely praised 2001: A Space Odyssey, has been described as "rarely seen, and utterly dreadful." Adams' costume for this movie included an off-the-shelf motorcycle helmet. Reacting to Mission Mars over 30 years later, SciFi reviewer Gary Westfahl wrote, "The only quality that Adams could persuasively project on film was a desperate desire to be popular, to be liked. which helps to explain why Adams got his foot in many doors " Adams' last US production was a more solid B picture, a stock car movie filmed in Iowa called Fever Heat. His last film appearance was in the little-seen Spanish-language western Los Asesinos filmed in Mexico City, Mexico.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He landed major roles in two science fiction epics from Toho Studios in Chiyoda, Tokyo. His first Japanese movie was Frankenstein Conquers the World, in which he played Dr. James Bowen, a radiologist working in Hiroshima who encounters a new incarnation of the Frankenstein monster. Adams next starred in the sixth Godzilla film, Invasion of Astro-Monster (known in the U.S. as Monster Zero), in which he played Astronaut Glenn, journeying to the newly discovered Planet X. In both film plots his character had a love interest with characters portrayed by actress Kumi Mizuno. Actors at Toho Studios later fondly remembered Adams as a "team player". On the set of Monster Zero, Adams and co-star Yoshio Tsuchiya (who played the villainous Controller of Planet X) reportedly got along well and played jokes on each other.
  • 1964
    Age 32
    In 1964, Adams had a leading role opposite Nancy Malone in an episode ("Fun and Games") of The Outer Limits television series.
    More Details Hide Details A review of this episode written over three decades later would characterize him as an "underrated actor." By this time Adams' career was stalling. He had high hopes his co-starring performance with Robert Conrad in Young Dillinger (1964) would be critically acclaimed, but the project had low production values, and both critics and audiences rejected the film. Also that year, Adams guest starred in an episode of the short-lived CBS drama The Reporter.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 27
    Adams married former child actress Carol Nugent in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Nugent had appeared in an episode of The Rebel. They had two children, Allyson and Jeb Stuart Adams. Sometimes acrimonious marital problems reportedly interfered with his ability to get lucrative acting parts after 1963.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is credited as a co-creator of The Rebel but had no role in writing the pilot or any of the series' episodes. Adams had asked his friend Andrew J. Fenady to write the pilot as a starring vehicle for him. The series' only recurring character, publicized as a "Reconstruction beatnik", was played by Adams. He reportedly consulted with John Wayne for tips on how to play the role. Adams wanted Presley to sing the theme song for The Rebel but the show's producer wanted Johnny Cash, who made it a hit. Guest stars appearing on the series during its two-year run included Dan Blocker, Johnny Cash, Leonard Nimoy, Tex Ritter, and Robert Vaughn. Seventy-six half-hour episodes were filmed before the series was cancelled in 1961. Reruns were syndicated for several years. Adams went back to TV and film work, along with a role in the short-lived but critically successful television series Saints and Sinners.
  • 1956
    Age 24
    "The Rebel and the King" by Nick Adams is a first-person account written by Adams about his friendship with Presley. The manuscript was written in 1956 by Nick during Presley's eight days in Memphis when the singer returned home for his big Tupelo Homecoming.
    More Details Hide Details The manuscript was discovered 45 years later by Adams' daughter, and published.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Presley had admired James Dean and when the singer arrived in Hollywood he was encouraged by studio executives to be seen with some of the "hip" new young actors there. Meanwhile, his manager Colonel Tom Parker was worried that Elvis' new Hollywood acquaintances might influence Presley and even tell him what they were paying their managers and agents (usually a fraction of what Parker was getting). Elaine Dundy called Parker a "master manipulator" who used Nick Adams and others in the entourage (including Parker's own brother-in-law Bitsy Mott) to counter possible subversion against him and control Elvis' movements. She later wrote a scathing characterization of Adams: brash struggling young actor whose main scheme to further his career was to hitch his wagon to a star, the first being James Dean, about whose friendship he was noisily boastful... this made it easy for Parker to suggest that Nick be invited to join Elvis' growing entourage of paid companions, and for Nick to accept... following Adams' hiring, there appeared a newspaper item stating that Nick and Parker were writing a book on Elvis together.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adams tried to capitalize on Dean's fame through various publicity stunts, including a claim he was being stalked by a crazed female Dean fan, allowing himself to be photographed at Dean's grave in a contemplative pose, holding flowers, and surrounded by mourning, teenaged female fans along with writing articles and doing interviews about Dean for fan magazines. He also claimed to have developed Dean's affection for fast cars, later telling a reporter, "I became a highway delinquent. I was arrested nine times in one year. They put me on probation, but I kept on racing... nowhere."
  • 1954
    Age 22
    Two and a half years later, in June 1954 his ship docked in Long Beach harbor and after a brash audition for director John Ford during which Adams did impressions of James Cagney and other celebrities while dressed in his Coast Guard uniform, he took his accumulated leave and appeared as Seaman Reber in the 1955 film version of Mister Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details Adams then completed his military service, returned to Los Angeles and at the age of 23, based on his work in Mister Roberts, was able to secure a powerful agent and signed with Warner Brothers. Adams had a small role (as Chick) in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Also that year Adams played the role of "Bomber" the paper boy in the widely popular film adaptation of Picnic (1955) which was mostly filmed on location in Kansas and starred William Holden, Kim Novak, and Susan Strasberg. He was not perceived by casting directors as tall or handsome enough for leading roles but during the late 1950s Adams had supporting roles in several successful television productions including one episode of Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) starring Steve McQueen and films such as Our Miss Brooks (1956), No Time for Sergeants (1958), Teacher's Pet (1958), and Pillow Talk (1959).
  • 1952
    Age 20
    In January 1952, Adams enlisted in the United States Coast Guard.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    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).
    More Details Hide Details This allowed him to join the Screen Actors Guild, but he was unable to find steady acting work, even when "creatively" claiming he had appeared with Palance in The Silver Tassie in New York. Undaunted, Adams joined a theater workshop run by Arthur Kennedy.
  • 1948
    Age 16
    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).
    More Details Hide Details When Palance, whose father was also a Ukrainian coal miner from Northeastern Pennsylvania, asked why he wanted to act, Adams replied, "For the money." Palance introduced him to the director of The Silver Tassie as Nick Adams. After the director declined to hire him as an extra, Palance sent Adams to a nearby junior theater group where he got his first acting job playing the role of Muff Potter in Tom Sawyer. While trying to get a role in the play Mister Roberts, Adams had a brief encounter with Henry Fonda who advised him to get some training as an actor. Adams' friends teased him about his acting ambitions. "Everybody thought I was crazy", he recalled. "My father said, 'Nick, get a trade, be a barber or something.' I said, 'But, Pop, I want to do something where I can make lots of money. You can't make lots of money with just a trade.'"
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on July 10, 1931.
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