Early life, family, educational background
American actor Jeffrey Richard Nordling was born on March 11, 1962 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA, and is an actor whose most famous roles are as Nick Bolen in “Desperate Housewives”, Gordon Klein in “Big Little Lies” and Jake Manning in “Once and Again.”
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He was raised in Washington Township by his mother, Lois Nordling (née Dickson), and father, Robert George Nordling. When Jeffrey was 15 years old, the family moved to Saddle River, New Jersey, where Jeffrey attended Ramsey High School, graduating in 1980.
He was excellent at football from high school through college at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree, before pursuing his passion and pursuing an acting career. He then graduated in 1987 from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
In 1989, Jeffrey acted in two productions at New York’s Public Theater, playing Posthumus in a production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, the production starring Joan Cusack. Jeffrey also played Macduff in a “Macbeth” production starring Alec Baldwin.
Jeffrey’s TV acting debut was in 1988, as Tyler in the CBS drama fantasy series “Beauty and the Beast” in the episode “The Alchemist”, starring Tony Jay, Ellen Geer and James Avery. That same year, he played Matt Thompson in the Paramount television movie “Shooter,” along with Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Alan Chandler, Noble Willingham, and Rosalind Chao.
In 1993 he was cast as Gaëtan Dugas in the television movie “And the Band Played On” – the Emmy Award winning film was an HBO production of Randy Shilts’ account of the progressive AIDS epidemic.
Three years later, he played Neil Armstrong in “Apollo 11,” the TV movie in which Jeffrey co-starred with Jim Metzler as another Apollo 11 crew member, Michael Collins.
In 1998 Jeffrey Capote played Duncan in the pilot episode of “Sex and the City”, his character was romantically involved with both Samantha and Charlotte. From 1999-2000, Jeffrey played the main character, Sela Wards’ ex-husband Jake Manning, in “Once and Again.”
The early days of the new millennium were a bit quiet for Jeffrey until, in 2006, he portrayed 9/11 hero Tom Burnett in the television movie “Flight 93”. From 2007-2008, Jeffrey co-starred with Courteney Cox as Brent Barrow in the FX cable network series “Dirt.” Then in 2009 he played FBI agent Larry Moss in the seventh season of ’24’.
From 2009-2010 Jeffrey played Nick Bolen, Drea de Matteo’s husband/ex-husband in “Desperate Housewives”. Drea was played by Dana Delany. The Bolens were series regulars in the first season, but were written out of the following seasons after that.
Jeffrey played the recurring role of Todd Fleming in the medical/crime drama “Body of Proof” from 2011 to 2012, when the show was canceled, and then guest-starred in “Criminal Minds” in 2014 as Jack Westbrook – a lawyer, a kidnapping victim , and closet pedophile in a Season 10 episode titled “The Boys of Sudworth Place.”
In 2017, Jeffrey starred Gordon Klein in the Emmy Award-winning mystery series “Big Little Lies,” Renata Klein’s husband, “the Medusa of Monterey,” played by Laura Dern.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jeffrey shared that he too was shocked by Gordon’s drastic personality change in season two of season one, saying, “I protested for a long time.” He went on to explain that he spoke with both season two director Andrea Arnold and series creator David E. Kelley. Jeffrey felt he had already established the character in season one – a loving, supportive husband, and the season two version was completely different. David and Andrea explained that the change came because the show was initially only intended for one season and was based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, who did not write a sequel.
However, after the show’s success at the Emmy Awards, David and the rest of the crew wanted to make another season and consulted with Liane to create new source material on which to base season two. Still feeling like the character’s shift wasn’t right, Jeffrey continued to argue with the show’s creators, describing the change as “from left field…that was one of my complaints: This isn’t Gordon.” , he told Vanity Fair.
He added that it felt unusual for “this season my character is just joining in — and Renata has made all the money. That certainly wasn’t the case in season one,’ But most importantly, ‘I felt really protective of it’ [Gordon and Renata’s] marriage… I knew it meant the marriage was on the rocks, and it’s the only good marriage in the series in season one.”
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Many fans felt exactly like Jeffrey; good marriages are rare in today’s TV shows and movies so when they are portrayed it is a precious and celebrated sight. Despite Jeffrey’s best efforts, David eventually convinced him of the sudden midlife crisis storyline, with Jeffrey saying he had to force himself to accept the change. He thought to himself, “Okay, Gordon is just going through a bitch of a midlife crisis… We’re all just one phone call from our lives being ruined.” Once filming started, Jeffrey found himself enjoying playing the new side of the character. “I still think it’s a shame, but it sure is fun.”
The new storyline offered great opportunities for fight scenes between Gordon and Renata – Jeffrey really enjoyed filming these scenes. “She has the rare ability – and I mean it – to play out anger and heartbreak and make it comedic. She looks like Holly Hunter in that way, and it’s really hard to do that.” He said he adores Laura and generally works with her.
Jeffrey shared that to prepare himself emotionally for Gordon’s scenes, he created a punk playlist: “It’s the stuff that makes you sweat and smile after three hours of dancing. It’s the fun, grim punk.’ He thought the playlist reflected Gordon’s new personality better than a dark, hideous punk playlist — his contains just a hint of danger.
To match the rock-and-roll wardrobe of costume designer Alix Friedberg for Gordon, Jeffrey let his hair and a beard grow. Gordon’s new outfits are full of John Varvatos rings, bracelets and suede jackets. The Cut felt so inspired by Gordon’s no-fucks-left-to-give style that they created an online tribute titled “Renata Klein’s Dirtbag Husband Is My Summer Style Inspiration.” Due to the hatred the character has received online, Jeffrey has made sure to keep his distance from the internet, “…it can be a cruel place over there”, instead allowing his close friends to forward him whatever he wants. likes to read or watch. Jeffrey said he particularly enjoyed the pieces created by the Cut, including the meme of Renata raming tissues into Gordon’s mouth.
A highlight for Jeffrey was when Oscar-winning acting icon, Meryl Streep, joined the cast for season two. Meryl played Mary Louise Wright, Celeste Wright’s mother (Celeste is played by Nicole Kidman). Jeffrey shared the huge impact Meryl’s presence on set had, ‘…it got a bit of a problem. They stopped letting people come to settle down.’ But of course it was an honor to see Meryl’s magic in person. “It was amazing to see her work – no two takes are the same.” He described her as a genius who is devoted, vulnerable and wonderful to watch; he added that Meryl is “the kindest human being.” Jeffrey recalled that as Meryl wrapped her last scene next to Nicole, “Nicole fell to her knee and kissed her hand. That’s the respect this woman brings.”
In 1996, Jeffrey played an NHL pro turned hockey coach, Coach Ted Orion, in “D3: The Mighty Ducks.” Three years later, he played Mike Markkula, an original Apple investor in “Pirates of Silicon Valley”, a TNT movie.
In 2016, he played Barry Leonard in “Sully”, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks as American pilot hero Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
Jeffrey voiced Ethan in the video game “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” in 2016.
Jeffrey is married to Francia Dimase; the date of their marriage is unknown, but the couple have three children together,
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
He is a member of a classical productions theater group, LA’s Antaeus Classical Repertory Company.
Impressively, Jeffrey is a certified fight choreographer and is quite adept at the art of stage combat.
Jeffrey has blond hair, blue eyes and is 1.85 m tall.
As of late 2020, Nordling has net worth estimated at over $2 million.