Nick Adams

Born to poor Ukrainian miner parents, Adams aspired to greater things and quickly settled on acting, receiving early encouragement from the likes of Jack Palance and Henry Fonda. From 1952 to 1955 he tried fervently to balance his aspirations as an actor with his duties in the Coast Guard. Adams was quick to latch onto celebrity friends and leverage their popularity to kindle his own rising star. Most prominent among these acquaintances were James Dean (before his untimely death in 1955) and Elvis Presley. Adams’ friendship with Presley was documented in his memoir The Rebel and the King, which was discovered nearly 45 years after his death and published posthumously.

He co-created and starred in The Rebel on television in the 60s, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Twilight of Honor (1963). His career took a downturn, and he was forced to swallow his pride and seek work in foreign films. He starred in three Toho vehicles: Monster Zero (1965), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), and The Killing Bottle (1967). All three films co-starred actress Mizuno Kumi, with whom he allegedly had an affair.

Following a well publicized divorce in the States, Adams’ career went into free fall. He was found dead in his home from a drug overdose; whether it was accidental or intentional remains a mystery.

(Source: Godzilla Cineaste)

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Nick Adams Facts

Native Name: Nicholas Aloysius Adamschock

Birth Name: Nicholas Aloysius Adamschock

Nationality:  American

Birth Date: July 10, 1931

Gender: Male

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