|Intro||American actor, screenwriter, and film director|
|Is||Actor Film actor Film director Film producer Screenwriter Television actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||13 September 1959, New York City, New York, USA|
Nick Vallelonga (born September 13, 1959) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He is best known for co-writing and producing the film Green Book, for which he received two Academy Awards. He has also directed the films In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King, Choker and Stiletto, and co-wrote the screenplay to Deadfall.
Life and career
Vallelonga was born in 1959, the son of Tony and Dolores Vallelonga. He initially followed his father into acting, with minor roles in films including The Godfather, Splash, Goodfellas, and Prizzi's Honor. He made his screenwriting debut with Deadfall, directed by Christopher Coppola. While continuing his acting career, he continued to write and direct various independent films, such as A Brilliant Disguise, The Corporate Ladder, Choker, Stiletto, and Yellow Rock.
Vallelonga achieved prominence with Green Book, which he co-wrote and produced. Based on the friendship of his father and Don Shirley, Green Book was critically praised and received dozens of award nominations, although the film was not without controversy, as Shirley's family accused Vallelonga of falsifying information in the movie. In Variety, Vallelonga disputed the allegations: "There's a lot of information [the Shirley family] doesn't have, and they were hurt that I didn't speak to them. But to be quite honest with you, Don Shirley himself told me not to speak to anyone. And he only wanted certain parts of his life … So obviously, to say I didn't contact them, that was hard for me because I didn't want to betray what I promised him."
In 2019, Vallelonga apologized for a 2015 tweet in which he agreed with Donald Trump’s false claim that “thousands of people were cheering” on rooftops in Jersey City following the September 11 terrorist attacks.