Nick Vallelonga

Nick Vallelonga (born September 13, 1959) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He is best known for co-writing and producing the film Green Book, for which he received two Academy Awards. 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.

Nick Vallelonga
Born (1959-09-13) September 13, 1959
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer, filmmaker
Years active1972–present
Parent(s)Tony Lip
Dolores Venere

Life and career

Vallelonga was born in 1959, the son of Tony and Dolores Vallelonga.[1][2][3] 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.[4] 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."[5][6]

In 2019, Vallelonga apologized for a 2015 tweet in which he agreed with Donald Trump’s false claim that “thousands of people were cheering” on rooftops in Jersey City following the September 11 terrorist attacks.[7]


As actor

As writer

As director

  • A Brilliant Disguise (1994)
  • In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King (1995)
  • The Corporate Ladder (1997)
  • Choker (2005)
  • All In (2006)
  • Stiletto (2008)
  • Yellow Rock (2011)

As producer


  1. Thomas Riggs (August 2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Cengage Gale. ISBN 978-0-7876-9050-2.
  2. "Nick Vallelonga Biography (1959-)". 1959-09-13. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  3. "Nick Vallelonga Interview: Green Book". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  4. Tom Stockman (2012-11-16). "Wamg Interview: Nick Vallelonga - Director Of Yellow Rock". We Are Movie Geeks. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  5. Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2019-01-09). "'Green Book' Writer Nick Vallelonga Defends Film After Family Backlash – Variety". Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  6. 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.
  7. Sopan Deb (January 11, 2019). "'Green Book' Writer Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Twitter Post From 2015". New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
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