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Thomas Ian Nicholas

Thomas Ian Nicholas

from: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock / Acoustic


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Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, American Reunion)
In this FULL EPISODE, Actor and musician Thomas Ian Nicholas sat down with Jonathan Real for some real magic and a private acoustic performance in New York City. Thomas partakes in an American Pie themed magic trick as well as playing two of his original songs live.

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Thomas Ian Nicholas: You Don't Know (Live Acoustic)
Thomas Ian Nicholas (actor, American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, American Reunion, Rookie of the Year, and many more) performs a live acoustic version of his original song 'You Don't Know' off his album 'Without Warning'.

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Thomas Ian Nicholas: My Generation (Live Acoustic)
Thomas Ian Nicholas (actor, American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, American Reunion, Rookie of the Year, and many more) performs a live acoustic version of his original song 'My Generation' from the 'American Wedding' soundtrack.

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American Pie Magic with Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas)
Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin from the American Pie movies) participates in some American Pie style magic backstage in New York. Thomas is best known for his acting role as 'Kevin' on the hit movies American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding and the most recent, American Reunion.

Thomas Ian Nicholas Biography
Thomas Ian Nicholas - Musician (Vocals & Guitar)
Thomas Ian Nicholas - Actor, American Pie

Thomas is an actor/musician from Los Angeles, CA - best known for his roles in the American Pie movies as well as the hit movie ‘Rookie of the Year’.

‘You nailed it, kid.’

That phrase, uttered in the span of about a second at the premier of ‘American Pie’, confirmed the suspicion Thomas Ian Nicholas had cautiously entertained since he started his career at the age of 6: He was onto something special.

Thomas began his career in acting the way that most kids learn how to swim – by being thrown into the deep end. At the age of 6 he moved to Los Angeles with his mother, an aspiring actress who found her niche as a casting director. A resourceful woman, she would fill roles in any way possible, even by casting herself in as many as four extra roles in one feature when necessary. She eventually ran into a wall when a call came on a Sunday night for the role of an alter boy.

‘My mom said, ‘Well, how am I going to hire a child tonight? Son, you’re coming to work with me tomorrow!’’ Thomas laughs. ‘So I played hooky from school and went to work as an altar boy.’

That day of work was a revelation for Nicholas, who, despite the fact that he still had his baby teeth, was already feeling a sense of purpose in his life. After the film wrapped, he informed his mother that he wanted to be an actor and was given the name of an agent by the mother of Scott Grimes. Weeks later, after countless hours spent memorizing a lengthy monologue, he marched into the agent's office for his interview.

‘When I got into the room, she said, ‘Oh my gosh, you’re adorable. I’ll sign you,’’ Nicholas recalls. ‘I was like, ‘Well, can I still show you the monologue?’’

And that’s how, within a year of his first acting role, Nicholas found himself on the set of ‘Who’s the Boss?’ playing a young Tony Danza. It was an experience full of memories and most importantly for a young boy, Alyssa Milano. ‘I had a huge crush on Alyssa Milano, even though I was 7 and she was 13,’ Nicholas says with an embarrassed laugh. ‘I had no chance at all!’

Beginning at age 12, Nicholas embarked on a series of feature films that would shape his career to come, including the now-classic ‘Rookie of the Year,’ ‘A Kid in King Arthur’s Court’ and recurring roles on hit TV shows like ‘Party of 5.’ However, the by-products of acting wouldn’t be thrust upon him until he was booked at the age of 17 for the role of Kevin Myers. The ‘American Pie’ empire had begun.

‘When I booked that film, it wasn’t so much like, ‘Oh, I booked a hit!’ It was just nice to have a gig,’ Nicholas says nonchalantly. But that gig would make him one of the most recognizable faces of his generation, the boy next door whom everyone loved and trusted – and who, as Tara Reid’s on-screen boyfriend, would become the envy of hormonally challenged teens.

The notoriety was all well and good – no one can complain about being successful in his or her chosen field. However, it wasn’t his new high profile that excited Nicholas, it was the recognition from his peers. The ones who noticed that Thomas wasn’t just reciting lines, he was exploring his character from the inside out.

‘I like acting for the sake of portraying characters and telling a story, and not all the other things that come with it,’ Thomas says frankly. ‘It’s the idea of embodying a character from the ground up. That’s what acting really is about for me, building the ability.’

With the ‘American Pie’ movies as a springboard, Nicholas was able to land other exciting roles, including the Roger Avary-directed ‘The Rules of Attraction,’ ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ ‘National Lampoon's Cattle Call’ and ‘Stealing Sinatra,’ opposite everyone from Tyra Banks to William H. Macy. He has worked on such hit TV shows such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Medium.’ He also made his debut as a writer and director in ‘L.A. DJ,’ during which he learned a new appreciation for everyone involved behind the camera in a feature film.

A lifelong musician as well, Nicholas released his debut solo album, Without Warning, in January 2008. Co-written by rock legends Bruce Kulick (KISS), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Dan Lavery (Tonic), the album is a radio-friendly collection of pop-rock tunes that toe the line between Switchfoot’s melodic rock and John Mayer’s pop-crooner sensibilities. His follow up album ‘Heroes Are Human’ was released in June of 2010. His upcoming 2012 release features the song ‘My Generation’ which is included on the ‘American Reunion’ soundtrack.

In the past two years alone, Thomas has been busy acting in independent films which include, ‘Please Give,’ ‘Sherman’s Way,’ ‘Let the Game Begin,’ ‘The Bridge to Nowhere,’ and ‘Life Is Hot In Cracktown.’ Thomas jumped behind the camera again to produce and star in the fantasy film ‘Fading of the Cries.’ Upcoming releases include ‘The Chicago 8,’ ‘Delivering the Goods,’ and the not so independent film ‘American Reunion’

‘I’m constantly on the journey of honing my ability to embody a character. Although, I will always be improving my technique,’ Nicholas says, and, after a pause, adds poignantly, ‘The journey itself is satisfying.’
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