Nick Vallelonga
Nicholas Anthony Vallelonga

(1959-09-13) September 13, 1959 (age 63)
Occupation(s)Actor, filmmaker
Years active1972–present
Parent(s)Tony Lip
Dolores Venere

Nicholas Anthony Vallelonga (born September 13, 1959)[1] is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for co-writing and producing the film Green Book, for which he received two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.[2] He also won two Golden Globes in the same categories,[3] as well as the PGA Award for Best Film.[4] 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.[5][6][7] He had a younger brother, Frank, who died in November 2022.[8] 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.[9] 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."[10][11]

In 2019, Vallelonga apologized for a 2015 tweet that agreed with Donald Trump's claim that Muslims in Jersey City cheered when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.[12][13][14][15]


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  5. ^ Thomas Riggs (August 2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Cengage Gale. ISBN 978-0-7876-9050-2.
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  8. ^ "Body Dumped In The Bronx Identified As 'Green Book' Actor Frank Vallelonga Jr". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  9. ^ Tom Stockman (2012-11-16). "Wamg Interview: Nick Vallelonga - Director Of Yellow Rock". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
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  11. ^ Andrew Pulver (2019-01-10). "Green Book film-makers in line of fire as sexual and religious controversies emerge | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  12. ^ Beresford, Trilby. "'Green Book' Writer Nick Vallelonga Apologizes for Resurfaced Anti-Muslim Tweet | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-12-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (2019-01-11). "'Green Book' writer apologizes after anti-Muslim tweet surfaces". CNN. Retrieved 2020-12-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Green Book writer apologises for anti-Muslim tweet". the Guardian. 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  15. ^ Deb, Sopan (2019-01-11). "'Green Book' Writer Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Twitter Post From 2015". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-23.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "First Image of James Gandolfini's Son, Michael Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano in HBO's 'Sopranos' Prequel Film 'The Many Saints of Newark'". Metaflix. May 14, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.