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People tend to forget what a great actor he was


Beneath the self-parodying gruff image, scrapes with the law, etc., going back to North Dallas Forty and his final "Isn't that giving something back?" speech, to his artist in the Scorsese short "Life Lessons," culminating in that amazing childhood rape recollection in The Prince Of Tides, Nick at his best is a keenly-aware, detail-oriented actor. Even in potboilers like Cape Fear he brings a riveting tension to the tormented lawyer, far more interesting than De Niro's more showy turn as the psychotic Max Cady. It's a damn shame the Academy didn't acknowledge his talents back then when he was at his peak. Even in his later worn years he's a presence of deep feeling and majesty.

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He has always been underrated by Hollywood. He deserved an Oscar for his role in Prince of Tides. I hope that he gets another chance to win one before he passes away. He deserves to win one before Will Smith does. So does Gary Oldman, for that matter.

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Yes. He is capable of amazing performances and his 3 Oscar nominations confirm that!

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I agree he’s very good imo.

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I disagree with The Prince of Tides - I think he's miscast in that dreadful potboiler - but yes, he's a great actor. Most of his films are not all that good, but he usually is. I agree that he (and Jessica Lange) outclasses the hammy De Niro in Cape Fear.

My favourite Nolte role is in Under Fire. A great performance.

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