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Nick Adams

Born: July 10, 1931, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
Died: February 7, 1968 (age 36), Beverly Hills, California

Nick Adams was an American film and television actor. He has been noted for his supporting roles in successful Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC television series The Rebel (1959). 

Decades after Adams' untimely death from a prescription drug overdose at the age of 36 his widely publicized friendships with James Dean and Elvis Presley would stir speculation about both his private life and the circumstances of his death.

What do you know about Nick Adams? Try this quick quiz.

1. Adams was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. His father Peter, was a Ukrainian-born anthracite coal miner. What is Nick Adams birth name?

2. After three years of struggle and optimistic self-promotion, his first film role came in 1951, an uncredited one-liner as a Western Union delivery boy. What was the movie?

3. In January 1952 Adams was drafted. What organization was he drafted into? into the .

4. He was not perceived by casting directors as tall or handsome enough for leading roles but during the late 1950s Adams had supporting roles in several successful television productions and films such as Our Miss Brooks (1956), No Time for Sergeants (1958) and Pillow Talk (1959). True or False?

5. In 1963, Adams was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as an unlikable murder suspect. What was the film? in the film

6. In 1965, after publicly insisting he would never work in films produced outside the US, Adams began accepting parts in Japanese SciFi-monster movies. He landed major roles in two science fiction epics from Toho Studios in Chiyoda, Tokyo. What was his first movie?

7. What was his last movie?

8. What was the cause of death?

9. Where is Nick Adams buried?


Nick Adams

  • 1. Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock

  • 2. George Seaton's Somebody Loves Me (1952)

  • 3. United States Coast Guard

  • 4. True

  • 5. Twilight of Honor (1963)

  • 6. It was the sixth Godzilla film, Invasion of Astro-Monster (known in the U.S. at the time as Monster Zero), in which he played Astronaut Glenn.

  • 7. His last film appearance was in the little seen Spanish-language western Los Asesinos filmed in Mexico City, Mexico.

  • 8. On the night of February 7, 1968 his lawyer and friend, ex-LAPD officer 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 years old.  During the autopsy Dr. Thomas Noguchi found enough paraldehyde, sedatives and other drugs in the body "to cause instant unconsciousness." Cause of death: Suspected suicide.

  • Angels on your pillow9. Saints Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Church Cemetery, Berwick, Pennsylvania


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