A stark-featured actor with a naturally rough-cut appearance, film and television performer Nick Sandow parlayed his looks into a successful career as a character player with roles on both sides of the law; he was cast as thugs, cops, detectives, gangsters, and various other toughs. Sandow scored some of his earliest assignments in the early to mid-'90s with guest bits on television series, including Law & Order and Due South, but by the end of that decade began signing for supporting roles in low- to medium-budgeted independent films including Grind (1996), Arresting Gena (1997), and Uninvited (1999). Prime-time television aficionados may also remember Sandow for his portrayal of Joseph "Joe" Lombardo III in season two of the NBC action drama series Third Watch (2000); he also played famed gangster-turned-mob informant Henry Hill (inheriting the part from Ray Liotta) in Robert Markowitz's crime feature The Big Heist (2001). In 2007, Sandow signed for a part under the aegis of director Griffin Dunne, opposite Uma Thurman and Colin Firth, in the romantic comedy The Accidental Husband.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Grew up in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx with his mother and three older sisters.
- Studied at the William Esper Studio.
- Landed his first paid acting job on an episode of Law & Order in 1992.
- Worked as a bartender to support himself financially while taking small acting jobs in New York City.
- Performed the role of Nick in an off-Broadway production of Halfway Home in 1999.
- Played the role of Matthew Ford in a 2005 stage production of Francine Volpe's Late Fragment.
- During the mid-2000s, directed five stage productions at Studio Dante, including Dark Yellow, Chicken and From Riverdale to Riverhead.