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Encyclopedia > Nick Adams
Nick Adams

Nick Adams in a publicity photo for his US television series The Rebel, circa 1960.
Birth name Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock
Born July 10, 1931
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania,
Flag of United StatesUSA
Died February 7, 1968 aged 36
Spouse(s) Carol Nugent

Nick Adams born Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock (July 10, 1931, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania -- February 7, 1968, Hollywood, California), was an American actor. Image File history File links Hollywood actor Nick Adams in a publicity shot for his north American television series The Rebel circa 1960. ... For other uses of the title see The rebel (disambiguation) The Rebel (TV) was an American Western television series that ran originally on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nanticoke is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nanticoke is a city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

The son of a Ukrainian[1] anthracite coal miner in a small city near Wilkes-Barre in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Adams' family moved to New Jersey in his youth at age 5. Wyoming coal mine Coal mining is the mining of coal. ... Nickname: The Diamond City Motto: Pattern After Us Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Luzerne Founded Incorporated  Borough  City 1769  1806  1871 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Leighton (D) Area    - City  7. ... This mountainous area of Pennsylvania includes the Pocono Mountains, the Endless Mountains and former anthracite coal mining cities and towns, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Pittston and Carbondale. ...


"My father piled all our belongings into an old jalopy, with our bedding on top. We didn't know where we were going. He started driving, and ran out of gas and money in Jersey at Audubon Park. A man came over and started talking to us, a Mr. Cohn. He said to my father 'You look like you need a job,' and my father said 'I do'." Audubon Park highlighted in Camden County Audubon Park is a borough located in Camden County, New Jersey. ...


He is said to have made money as a teenager by hustling pool games and working as a bat boy for a local baseball team. He was later offered a playing position in minor league baseball but turned it down because he was uninterested in the low pay. This article is about the various cue sports. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Minor League Baseball. ...


Hollywood career and personal friendships with stars

While trying to get a role in the play Mister Roberts in New York he had a brief encounter with Henry Fonda, who advised him to get some training as an actor. Eventually hitchhiking to Los Angeles he worked at various jobs (and was reportedly fired from one as a theater usher after putting his name on display as a publicity stunt). After serving in the United States Coast Guard, following much persistence and creativity Adams appeared in the 1955 film version of Mister Roberts. In Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, Adams had a supporting role, reportedly gaining a reputation as both a prankster and a scene-stealer on the set. Mister Roberts was a novel, then a Tony Award–winning play and later, a 1955 Academy Award–nominated film, all of which are set during World War II. The title character, a naval junior-grade lieutenant stands up for his crew against the petty tyranny of the ships commanding... NY redirects here. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... USCG HH-65 Dolphin USCG HH-60J JayHawk The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces and is involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ... Mister Roberts was a novel, then a Tony Award–winning play and later, a 1955 Academy Award–nominated film, all of which are set during World War II. The title character, a naval junior-grade lieutenant stands up for his crew against the petty tyranny of the ships commanding... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ...


According to Elaine Dundy, he himself stated, "I was a friend of James Dean."[1] One of Nick Adams's letters shows how close he was to the Hollywood star. Adams writes: "I think you're wonderful for thinking so much of Jimmy [i.e. James Dean]. I've just written a story about him in the Sept. issue of Screen Stars. ... He was the most wonderful, kindest guy in the whole world. The article about Jimmy and Vampira was not true. Jimmy smoked Viceroys most of the time. I'm enclosing a picture of Jimmy from a scene in 'Giant.' I wish I could send you something of his but I only have a few things of his and I would never part with them."[2] Following the death of James Dean, Adams became one of the actors used to promote Rebel Without a Cause for the studio and for a time dated co-star Natalie Wood. Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy (born Elaine Brimberg in 1927 in New York City, New York) is an American, actress, journalist, novelist, biographer, and playwright. ... Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ...


Adams made another appearance in the widely popular film adaptation of Picnic (1955) which was mostly filmed on location in Kansas. He was not perceived by casting directors as tall or handsome enough for leading roles but during the late 1950s he had supporting roles in several successful films, such as No Time for Sergeants (1958). DVD cover for the 1955 film, showing stars William Holden and Kim Novak Picnic is a 1955 Cinemascope color film which tells the story of an ex-college football star turned drifter who arrives in a small Kansas town on Labor Day and is drawn to a girl whos... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... No Time for Sergeants was a 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, which was later adapted into a popular Broadway play and 1958 motion picture (plus a forgettable 1964 television series). ...


Nick Adams' friendship with Elvis Presley and members of his so-called Memphis Mafia, widely publicized at the time, began in 1956. In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says on page 328 about Elvis Presley: "On his second day of filming on the set of Love Me Tender he met twenty-five-year-old Nick Adams, a Hollywood hustler who had originally brazened his way into the cast of Mister Roberts two years before by doing impressions of the star, Jimmy Cagney, for director John Ford." When Presley had completed his first film in Hollywood and was about to perform a large outdoor show in Tupelo, Mississippi, he "arrived on his Harley Davidson motorcycle with Nick Adams."[3] Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... The Memphis Mafia was the nickname for a group of friends, associates, employees and yes-men whose main function was to be around Elvis Presley from 1956 until he died. ... A historian is an individual who studies history and who writes on history. ... Peter Guralnick is a music critic and historian of American popular music. ... Love Me Tender was the first motion picture made by singer Elvis Presley and was released in 1956. ... Mister Roberts was a novel, then a Tony Award–winning play and later, a 1955 Academy Award–nominated film, all of which are set during World War II. The title character, a naval junior-grade lieutenant stands up for his crew against the petty tyranny of the ships commanding... Tupelo (IPA: [tu:pəlo]) is the largest city and county seat within Lee County, Mississippi. ... The Harley-Davidson, Inc. ...


Guralnick says that at the time Nick Adams was Dennis Hopper's roommate and when Presley's filming sessions were over the three of them hung out together. According to Elaine Dundy, "Of all Elvis' new friends, Nick Adams, by background and temperament the most insecure, was also his closest."[4] In an interview, Memphis Mafia member Red West confirms that Adams "was a friend of Elvis’s and I went to Hollywood and met him. He helped me get into the first door and then Robert Conrad who did Hawaiian Eye and Wild Wild West, we played football every Sunday when Elvis got back and all those people would come out..."[5] Guralnick emphasizes that Presley "was hanging out more and more with Nick and his friends" and that Elvis was glad that his manager Colonel Tom Parker "liked Nick."[6] During the first year of their friendship, Presley showed Adams Memphis and other places which were important to the singer, for instance, Humes and "the Tiplers at Crown Electric,"[7] Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker, known for his roles in Blue Velvet, 24 and Easy Rider. ... Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy (born Elaine Brimberg in 1927 in New York City, New York) is an American, actress, journalist, novelist, biographer, and playwright. ... Red West (born 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter. ... Robert Conrad Robert Conrad (born either Conrad Robert Falk or Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1 in Chicago, although the year is still subject to question), is an American film and TV actor and director. ... Hawaiian Eye was an American television series that ran from October 1959 to September 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company television network. ... The Wild Wild West 1990s VHS release. ... Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk on June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997), was an American/Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. ...


According to Guaralnick, in Hollywood, it "was good running around with Nick ... – there was always something happening, and the hotel suite was like a private clubhouse where you needed to know the secret password to get in and he got to change the password every day."[8] Presley's girlfriend June Juanico lamented that during their dates the singer was always talking about his friend Adams. "He started telling her all about Nick and Nick's friends and Jimmy Dean, but she didn't want to hear."[9] In May 1957 Adams even published a charming account of his friendship with Elvis.[10]. In a letter of August 25, 1958, shortly after Elvis's mother Gladys passed away, Presley's manager Colonel Parker wrote that "Nicky Admas [sic] came out to be with Elvis last Week wich [sic] was so very kind of him to be there with his friend."[11] June Juanico (born 1938) is a former beauty queen and an Elvis Presley fan from Biloxi, Mississippi, whom the famous rock n roll singer dated in 1955 and 1956, for instance, when he took three weeks of vacation after having recorded his songs Hound Dog and Dont Be Cruel... For the film, see James Dean (film). ...


In her 1985 book Elvis and Gladys Elaine Dundy made some critical remarks about Colonel Tom Parker's role concerning Adams's friendship with Presley. She wrote that when Presley arrived in Hollywood to make his first film in 1956 he was encouraged by studio executives to be seen with some of the "hip" new young actors there. However, Parker became concerned Elvis' new Hollywood acquaintances might influence his rising superstar and even tell Presley what they were paying for manager/agent's fees (which was usually a fraction of what Parker was getting). Dundy wrote (on p. 250) that Adams was a See also: 1984 in literature, other events of 1985, 1986 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Elvis and Gladys is a biography of Rock and Roll singer Elvis Presley by author and film industry insider, Elaine Dundy. ... Elaine Dundy Elaine Dundy (born Elaine Brimberg in 1927 in New York City, New York) is an American, actress, journalist, novelist, biographer, and playwright. ... Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelius van Kuijk on June 26, 1909 – January 21, 1997), was an American/Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley. ...

...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.

Dundy called Colonel 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 keep a check on Elvis' movements.


In 1959, Nick Adams starred in the television series The Rebel, playing the character Johnny Yuma, an ex-Confederate, journal-keeping "trouble-shooter" in the old American west, which ran on ABC. Though credited as a co-creator of The Rebel, Adams had no role in writing the pilot or any of the series' episodes. The show's creator, Andrew J. Fenady, wrote the pilot episode after his friend, Adams, urged him to create a starring vehicle for him. Close friend Red West got his first stunt performer work on The Rebel and went on to a very successful career in Hollywood. After the series was cancelled in 1961, Adams went back to film work, along with a role in the short-lived television series Saints and Sinners. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... For other uses of the title see The rebel (disambiguation) The Rebel (TV) was an American Western television series that ran originally on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Red West (born 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter. ... Stunt man and stunt woman redirect here. ... Saints and Sinners was an American television series that appeared on NBC for the 1962-63 television season. ...

Helen Stephens, Dan Terranova, Beverly Powers, Robert Conrad, Nick Adams, Mary Ann Mobley, John Ashley and Joy Harmon on the set of Young Dillinger (1965)

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film Twilight of Honor (1963). He campaigned heavily for the award, spending over $8,000 on ads in trade magazines but many of his strongest scenes had been cut from the movie and he lost to Melvyn Douglas. During this period, Adams appeared as a guest panelist on the CBS-TV quiz program, What's My Line. Image File history File links www. ... Image File history File links www. ... Robert Conrad Robert Conrad (born either Conrad Robert Falk or Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1 in Chicago, although the year is still subject to question), is an American film and TV actor and director. ... Mary Ann Mobley (born February 17, 1939 in Brandon, Mississippi) was Miss America in 1959, and later appeared in movies, including two with Elvis Presley; and on such television shows as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. ... John Ashley (December 25, 1934-October 3, 1997) was an actor who appeared in many films, most notably the American International Pictures Beach Party films. ... Joy Patricia Harmon, an actress, born May 1, 1940 in Flushing, New York. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Twilight of Honor is a 1963 film with Nick Adams. ... Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg (April 5, 1901 – August 4, 1981), better known as Melvyn Douglas, was an American actor who won all three of the entertainment industrys highest awards, two Oscars, one Tony and an Emmy. ... radio and United States. ... Whats My Line? was a weekly panel game show produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman for CBS television. ...


He later became very close friends with actor Harvey Gardner after shooting an episode of The Outer Limits with him in 1964. The Outer Limits is an American television series. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


Declining career

By 1964 his career seems to have stalled. He had high hopes his performance in Young Dillinger (with Robert Conrad) would be critically acclaimed but the project had low production values and both critics and audiences rejected the film. In 1965, Adams was forced to accept parts in Japanese movies. He landed major roles in two science fiction epics from Toho Studios in Chiyoda, Tokyo. The first was the sixth Godzilla film, titled Invasion of Astro-Monster (known in the U.S. at the time as Monster Zero), in which he played Astronaut Glenn, journeying to the newly discovered Planet X. In Frankenstein Conquers the World Adams played the role of Dr. Bowen. In both film plots, his character had a love interest with characters portrayed by actress Kumi Mizuno and the two reportedly had an off-screen relationship. Robert Conrad Robert Conrad (born either Conrad Robert Falk or Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1 in Chicago, although the year is still subject to question), is an American film and TV actor and director. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Toho Co. ... National Diet Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan Kita 3-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle (Kokyo) Chiyoda (千代田区; -ku) is a special ward in central Tokyo, Japan. ... For other uses, see Godzilla (disambiguation). ... Kaijū Daisenso lit. ... Frankenstein Conquers the World, released in Japan as Frankenstein tai Chitei Kaijū lit. ...


Personal life

Adams' spectacular life and death at a young age, his friendships with megastars such as James Dean (a cultural icon who also died tragically young) and Elvis Presley and his reported drug consumption have made his private life the subject of various reports even decades later. For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Marriage, children and conflicts with his wife

His marriage to former child actor Carol Nugent, who had also appeared in an episode of The Rebel, produced two children (Allyson Lee Adams in 1960 and Jeb Stewart Adams in 1962, both of whom later pursued acting careers). Sometimes acrimonious marital problems reportedly interfered with his ability to get lucrative acting parts after 1963.


According to Peter L. Winkler[12], Adams "shocked audiences by announcing that he was leaving his wife" while appearing on 'The Les Crane Show' to plug Young Dillinger early in 1965. "After that announcement, Nick's career and personal life went into a tragic free fall. Nick and Carol publicly announced a reconciliation a week later," on January 19, 1965. This was reported by several newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. "At the end of July 1965, they decided on a legal separation. Carol filed for divorce in September. Nick was still in Japan when Carol was granted a divorce and custody of the children on Oct. 12. On Jan. 26, 1966, Nick and Carol announced another reconciliation on a local television show, 'Bill John's Hollywood Star Notebook.' It wouldn't last. ... On Nov. 26, 1966, Carol resumed divorce proceedings and obtained a restraining order against Nick. Carol alleged that Nick was 'prone to fits of temper' and in a special affidavit charged that Nick had 'choked her, struck her and threatened to kill her during the past few weeks.' ... It was the beginning of an acrimonious, contested divorce and child-custody battle." ... On January 20, 1967, "while waiting for a court hearing to begin, Nick was served with an $110,000 defamation suit" by his wife's boyfriend. However, on January 31, "Nick won temporary custody of his children. It was a hollow victory in his tug of war with his wife." His son "Jeb Adams said, '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.'" Adams's wife "later regained legal custody of her children." However, as Carol Adams is listed as Nick Adams's spouse on his death certificate, it is evident that the divorce had not become final when the actor died. This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Categories: Newspaper stubs | Los Angeles history | Defunct United States newspapers | Newspapers of California ...


Nick Adams' sexuality

Adams's sexuality is a matter of debate. Long after his death, some biographers and writers claimed Adams may have been gay or bisexual and may have had relationships with actor James Dean and singer Elvis Presley. In his 1986 gossip book Conversations With My Elders, chronicler of gay Hollywood Boze Hadleigh said that actor Sal Mineo told him in 1972: "I didn't hear it from Jimmy (James Dean), who was sort of awesome to me when we did Rebel. But Nick told me they had a big affair." William Russo says that "Rumors began to spread that Adams was closer to Dean than a nicotine stain, something he was eager to exploit if it meant additional successes. ... Adams was so obsessed with Dean that he could imitate the voice of the Master."[13] In his book, Elvis (1981), Albert Goldman wrote that "Nick Adams ingratiated himself with James Dean precisely as he would do a year or so later with Elvis. He offered himself to the shy, emotionally contorted and rebellious Dean, as a friend, a guide, a boon companion, a homosexual lover--whatever role or service Dean required." In his 2004 biography Natalie Wood: A Life, biographer, screenwriter and Hollywood chronicler Gavin Lambert, who was a member of the gay Hollywood circles of the 1950s and 1960s, wrote in passing (p. 199) that Wood's "first studio-arranged date with a gay or bisexual actor had been with Nick Adams." According to Hollywood biographer Lawrence J. Quirk, Mike Connolly, gay gossip columnist for the Hollywood Reporter from 1951 to 1966, whose homosexuality was widely known in Hollywood, "would put the make on the most prominent young actors, including Robert Francis, Guy Madison, Anthony Perkins, Nick Adams, and James Dean. Quirk said there was rampant gossip at gay parties regarding not only Connolly's escapades with these actors but also a noteworthy pornography collection he would display to those he favored."[14] Some authors called Adams a "Hollywood hustler" or a "street hustler" (although Adams called himself a pool hustler). Leigh W. Rutledge, for instance, writes that James Dean "claimed to have worked, with his friend Nick Adams, as a street hustler after he first arrived in Hollywood."[15] In her autobiography Miss Rona (1974), Rona Barrett says Adams "had become the companion to a group of salacious homosexuals." According to Byron Raphael and reputed Elvis biographer Alanna Nash, Nick Adams may have "swung both ways" as "Adams’s good pal (and Elvis’s idol) James Dean. Tongues wagged that Elvis and Adams were getting it on."[16] In her recent Elvis biography, Kathleen Tracy wrote that Adams was Elvis's regular friend and often met the singer backstage or at Graceland. "He and Elvis would go motorcycle riding late at night and stay up until all hours talking about the pain of celebrity." Both men also enjoyed prescription drugs, and Elvis often asked Adams to stay over on nights. "It has since been speculated in Hollywood gossip that Presley and Adams may have shared some sort of intimate encounter. But there's no definitive evidence one way or another." [17] Similar claims about the close relationship between Presley and Adams can be found in books by Earl Greenwood and David Bret and in statements by Nick Adams's secretary, Bill Dakota.[18] For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Boze Hadleigh (born 1954?) is an American journalist, interviewer and writer primarily of gossip about homosexuals of Hollywood. ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ... Albert Harry Goldman (crazy jew) (April 15, 1927 – March 28, 1994) was an American professor and author. ... Gavin Lambert Gavin Lambert (born July 23, 1924 - died July 17, 2005) was a British-born screenwriter, novelist and biographer who lived for part of his life in Hollywood. ... Lawrence J. Quirk is an American writer and a longtime Hollywood reporter and film historian. ... Mike Connolly (1914 - November 18, 1966) was an American magazine reporter and primarily a Hollywood columnist. ... The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ... Robert Charles Francis (February 26, 1930 - July 31, 1955) was an American actor. ... Guy Madison Guy Madison (January 19, 1922 - February 6, 1996) was an American film and television actor. ... Anthony Perkins Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932–September 12, 1992) was an American actor best known for his role as the serial killer Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Rona Barrett (born October 8, 1936) is an American gossip columnist and businesswoman. ... Alanna Nash (born 1950) is an American journalist and biographer. ... David Bret is a French-born author of celebrity books and one of Britain’s show business biographers. ...


However, Adams was known in Hollywood for embellishing and inventing stories about his show business experiences and had long tried to capitalize on his associations with James Dean and Elvis Presley. In his brief online biography of Adams, journalist Bill Kelly wrote, "(Adams) became James Dean's closest pal, although Nick was straight and Dean was bisexual." Furthermore, there are no court documents or personal letters from Adams or statements by alleged male lovers which undoubtedly prove that Adams was gay. On the other hand, being outed as homosexual at that time could instantly end an actor's career. Thus most gay and lesbian actors in America were forced to keep their sexuality a secret and lead double lives. Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ... Bisexuality is a sexual orientation which refers to the romantic and/or sexual attraction of individuals to other individuals of both their own and the opposite gender or sex. ...


Adams's off-screen dates with actresses

Adams regularly dated actresses with whom he made movies. It is not known if he had much sexual interest in them or if he primarily dated them for publicity reasons. According to Gavin Lambert, Natalie Wood's first date with Adams was studio-arranged. Modern Screen writes that "their relationship has been mostly for fun" and that they shared "a tendency toward moodiness and unpredictability." The magazine also reports that they had given joint interviews "in which they admitted they adored each other" and that "they even came terribly close to getting married" in Las Vegas. On the other hand, the same article also reveals that on one of their trips they "posed for innumerable publicity photographs - that was the real reason for the trip - " and that "Right now, both Nick and Natalie are inclined to deny the whole Las Vegas episode." Olive Sturgess relates: "When Nick and I went out, it was a casual thing – no great love or anything like that. ... I thought he was very troubled ... You could feel he was troubled. It was the manner he had – that was the way he was in real life, always brooding. ... When we went out, it was never on his motorcycle! That's one trick he couldn't pull on me. We always went in a car!" [19] In Japan, Adams and actress Kumi Mizuno may have had a short affair. "That's one of the reasons my parents were divorced," says Adams' daughter, playwright Allyson Lee Adams. "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."[20] Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Death

Adams wears an off-the-shelf motorcycle helmet in Mission Mars (1968) shortly before his death.
Adams wears an off-the-shelf motorcycle helmet in Mission Mars (1968) shortly before his death.

Adams' career seemed to be on the verge of an upswing when on the night of Feb 7, 1968 his lawyer and friend Erwin Roeder drove to the actor's house at 2126 El Roble Lane in Beverly Hills to check on him after a missed dinner appointment. Seeing a light on and his car in the garage Roeder broke through a window and discovered Adams in his upstairs bedroom, slumped against a wall and wearing a shirt, blue jeans and boots, his eyes open in a blank stare, dead. He was 36. 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, with the notation accident; suicide; undetermined. Note that the American Medical Association warns never to take these two types of drugs together. In the 1960s, such warnings were not known about as they are today. His remains were buried in Berwick, Pennsylvania. Image File history File links American actor Nick Adams wears an improvised motorcycle helmet in 1968s Mission Mars, believed to be fair use. ... Image File history File links American actor Nick Adams wears an improvised motorcycle helmet in 1968s Mission Mars, believed to be fair use. ... Thomas T. Noguchi, born in 1926 in Japan, was the Chief Medical Examiner / Coroner for the County of Los Angeles from 1967 to 1982. ... Paraldehyde is the cyclic form of three acetaldehyde molecules (a trimer). ... Promazine is an antipsychotic medication. ... ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A railing accidentally collapses at a college football game, spilling fans onto the sidelines An accident is something going wrong unexpectedly. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... The American Medical Association (AMA) is the largest association of medical doctors in the United States. ... Berwick is a borough located in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Wilkes Barre. ...


Adams' death has been cited in articles and books on Hollywood's unsolved mysteries along with allegations that Adams was murdered, including claims that no trace of the liquid sedative paraldehyde (one of two drugs Adams died from) was ever found in his home, but a story in The Los Angeles Times reported that stoppered bottles with prescription labels were found in the medicine cabinet near the upstairs bedroom where Adams' body was discovered. However, the actor's daughter Allyson Adams still "believes her father may have been killed. She says Adams had just returned from making a film in Mexico and was working out (he was an avid weight lifter) for another Hollywood comeback, and that the coroner's office changed the official cause of death from 'natural causes' to 'homicide' before finally ruling it suicide."[21] On the other hand, Actor Robert Conrad (his best friend) has consistently maintained Adams' death was accidental. A sedative is a substance which depresses the central nervous system (CNS), resulting in calmness, relaxation, reduction of anxiety, sleepiness, slowed breathing, slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. ... Paraldehyde is the cyclic form of three acetaldehyde molecules (a trimer). ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... A prescription drug is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. ... Robert Conrad Robert Conrad (born either Conrad Robert Falk or Konrad Robert Falkowski on March 1 in Chicago, although the year is still subject to question), is an American film and TV actor and director. ...


Quotes

I dreamed all my life of being a movie star. Movies were my life.
You had to have an escape when you were raised in a basement.
I saw all the James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield
pictures. Odds against the world... that was my meat.
I will never make a picture abroad.

(1963, 2 years before Adams did so.)


Trivia

  • Adams, who had a talent for voice impersonations, overdubbed some of James Dean's lines for the film Giant after Dean died during production.
  • Following Dean's death, Adam's tried to capitalize on his friend's fame through various publicity stunts, including a claim he was being stalked by a crazed female Dean fan. 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." However, the offers for light comedy roles continued.
  • The theme song for The Rebel was recorded by Johnny Cash, who made it a hit. Adams had reportedly wanted Elvis Presley to sing the theme, but the show's producer wanted Cash. [22]
  • Adams is reported to have consulted with John Wayne for tips on how to play his role in The Rebel.
  • He is one of four actors typically named in connection with the Rebel Without a Cause Curse, a widely repeated urban legend.
  • Working at Toho Studios, Adams was very well respected by the other actors, who still remember him as a "team player." Some examples:
    • On the set of Monster Zero, Adams and co-star Yoshio Tsuchiya (who played the villainous Controller of Planet X) got along so well during production that the two actors played jokes on each other. One morning, Adams asked Tsuchiya how to say "good morning" in Japanese, and taught him how to say, "I'm hungry." (Adams was on a strict diet at the time and nearly fainted during filming.) Later, when shooting a scene, Adams got even by saying to Tsuchiya, in Japanese, "You're overacting!" Before leaving Toho, Adams wanted a picture of Tsuchiya, who at first thought he was just flattering him, but he wanted something to remember him by. Tsuchiya was touched by this.
    • Before leaving Toho, Adams gave one of his formal wears to Akira Kubo (who co-starred in Monster Zero as the meek inventor Tetsuo Torî), not just as a memento, but, according to Kubo, "the suit fit me."

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Notes

  1. ^ Elaine Dundy, Elvis and Gladys (University Press of Mississippi, 2004), p.260
  2. ^ See Nick Adams's letter to a certain Caroline.
  3. ^ Robert W. Dye, The Mid-south Fair, (Tn): Celebrating 150 Years (2006), p.114.
  4. ^ Elaine Dundy, Elvis and Gladys, p.250.
  5. ^ See RED WEST INTERVIEW.
  6. ^ Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, p.336, 339.
  7. ^ Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis, p.339-340.
  8. ^ Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis, p.410.
  9. ^ Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis, p.347-348.
  10. ^ Cited in Guralnick, Last Train to Memphis.
  11. ^ See Trude Forsher Archive, Letter of Authenticity from Mrs. Forsher's son. From 1956-1961, Trude Forsher was Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker's personal secretary. Her vast collection of Elvis memorabilia remained with her family for almost 50 years.
  12. ^ Peter L. Winkler, "Nick Adams: His Hollywood Life and Death", Crime Magazine, August 15, 2003, originally published in Filmfax magazine.
  13. ^ William Russo, The Next James Dean (2004), p.135.
  14. ^ See Val Holley, Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip (2003), p.22.
  15. ^ Leigh W. Rutledge, The Gay Book of Lists (2003), p.27.
  16. ^ Byron Raphael with Alanna Nash, "In Bed with Elvis," Playboy, November 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 11.
  17. ^ See Kathleen Tracy Elvis Presley: A Biography (2006), p.122-123.
  18. ^ See, for example, Bill Dakota, "Elvis was bisexual. Nick Adams was one of his secret, closeted, lovers."
  19. ^ Michael G. Fitzgerald and Boyd Magers, Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s (2002), p.266.
  20. ^ Steve Ryfle, Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G.", p.130.
  21. ^ Ryfle, p.130.
  22. ^ JOAN MORRIS: JOAN'S WORLD: Adams was 'The Rebel'; Cash sang theme song, Contra Costa Times, September, 2006

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Filmography

As an actor

  • Somebody Loves Me (1952) (uncredited) ... Western Union boy
  • Strange Lady in Town (1955) ... Billy the Kid
  • Mister Roberts (1955) ... Reber
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955) ... Chick
  • I Died a Thousand Times (1955) (uncredited) ... Bell Boy
  • Picnic (1955) ... Bomber (paper boy)
  • Our Miss Brooks (1956) ... Gary Nolan
  • A Strange Adventure (1956) ... Phil Davis
  • The Last Wagon (1956) ... Ridge
  • Giant (1956) (voice) (uncredited) ... Jett Rink, in banquet speech
  • Fury at Showdown (1957) ... Tracy Mitchell
  • Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (uncredited) ... Hot-Dog Stand Customer
  • Playhouse 90 (1957) (TV Series) ... Sandy
  • Sing Boy Sing (1958) ... C.K. Judd
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1958) (TV Series) ... Mickey Houseman
  • Teacher's Pet (1958) ... Barney Kovac
  • No Time for Sergeants (1958) ... Pvt. Benjamin B. Whitledge
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958) (TV Series) ... Andy Martin
  • Cimarron City (1958) (TV Series) ... John Hartman Jr.
  • Letter to Loretta (1958) (TV Series) ... Chip Davidson
  • Zane Grey Theater (1958) (TV Series) (1958-1959) ... Lynn Parsons (1958), George Pelletti (1959)
  • Wagon Train (1958) (TV Series) (1958, 1961) ... Tonio (1958), Sam Upton (1961)
  • Trackdown (1958) (TV Series) (1958-1959) ... Will Hastings (1959), Deal Jackford (1959)
  • Yancy Derringer (1959) (TV Series) ... Duke Alexis
  • Tales of Wells Fargo (1959) (TV Series) ... Ira Watkins
  • The Rebel (1959) (TV Series) ... Johnny Yuma
  • Pillow Talk (1959)
  • The FBI Story (1959) ... John Gilbert ('Jack') Graham
  • The Dick Powell Show (1961) (TV Series) (1961-1962) ... George Townsend (1961), Nick Phillips (1962)
  • General Electric Theater (1961) (TV Series) (1961-1962) ... Paul Madsen (1961), Richard Martin (1962)
  • Checkmate (1962) (TV Series) .... Weiler aka 'Kid'
  • Hell Is for Heroes (1962) ... Homer
  • The Interns (1962) ... Dr. Sid Lackland
  • Saints and Sinners (1962) (TV Series) (1962-1963) ... Nick Alexander
  • Burke's Law (1963) (TV Series) (1963-1965) ... Charlie Vaughn (1963), Harold Ormsby (1963), Sonny 'Sundance' Dancer (1964), Max the Mysterious (1964), Clayton Newman (1965)
  • Combat! (1963) (TV Series) (1962, 1967) ... Pvt. Mick Hellar (1963), Cpl. Marty Roberts (1967)
  • The Hook (1963) ... Pvt. V.R. Hackett
  • A Girl Named Tamiko (1963)
  • Twilight of Honor (1963) ... Ben Brown
  • 77 Sunset Strip (1963) (TV Series) ... Max Dent
  • Arrest and Trial (1964) (TV Series) ... Ronnie Blake
  • The Outer Limits (1964) (TV Series) ... Mike Benson
  • The Reporter (1964) (TV Series) ... Roger
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) (TV Series) ... Jason Kemp
  • The Young Lovers (1964) ... Tarragoo
  • Rawhide (1964) (TV Series) ... Corporal Dasovik
  • Ben Casey (1965) (TV Series) ... Orin Reid
  • Young Dillinger (1965) ... John Dillinger
  • Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (1965) ... Dr. James Bowen
  • Die, Monster, Die! (1965) ... Stephen Reinhart
  • Kaijû daisenso (Godzilla vs. Monster Zero) (1965) ... Astronaut Glenn
  • Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title (1966) ... Cameo appearance
  • Mosby's Marauders (1967) ... Sgt. Gregg
  • Disneyland (1967) (TV Series) ... Sergeant Gregg
  • The Monroes (1967) (TV Series) ... Dave
  • Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumi (1967) ... John Carter
  • The Wild Wild West (1966) (TV Series) (1966, 1968) ... Prince (1966), Sheriff Dave Cord (1968)
  • Hondo (1967) (TV Series) ... Apache Kid
  • Fever Heat (1968) ... Ace Jones
  • Mission Mars (1968) ... Nick Grant
  • Asesinos, Los (1968) ... Shannon

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As a writer

For other uses of the title see The rebel (disambiguation) The Rebel (TV) was an American Western television series that ran originally on the ABC network from 1959 to 1961. ...

As himself

  • The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959) (TV) (singer: "Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat)")
  • What's My Line? (1960) (TV Series)
  • Celebrity Party (1963) (TV)
  • The 36th Annual Academy Awards (1964) (TV) ... Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • The Celebrity Game (1964) (TV Series
  • The Hollywood Squares (1966) (TV Series)
  • Dateline: Hollywood (1967) (TV Series)
  • Mr. Blackwell Presents (1968) (TV)
  • Rediscovering a Rebel (1996) (TV)

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Nick Adams - Biography - Moviefone (203 words)
An inveterate offscreen prankster, Adams enjoyed making Dean laugh by doing on-target impersonations of his co-stars; this talent came in handy when Adams was called upon to dub in several of James Dean's lines in Giant after Dean's fatal car accident.
In 1959, Adams was cast as ex-Confederate soldier Johnny Yuma on the popular TV western The Rebel; less successful was his 1962 starring series Saints and Sinners.
Nick Adams died in 1968, the result of an overdose of prescription drugs.
Nick Adams: His Hollywood Life and Death by Peter L. Winkler (8661 words)
Nick later told Andrew J. Fenady that one afternoon, as he (Nick) was reading a magazine, there was a tremendous explosive sound and a bullet whizzed by his ear.
Nick Adams is etched in the memory of those dozen or so N.Y. trade press reps who attended a luncheon at the Belasco Room at Sardi's in January of 1965.
Nick had become the companion to a group of salacious homosexuals." According to Barrett, they told Nick he was a superstar and poisoned his mind against Carol, convincing him that she was the real reason he was a failure.
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