Austin Don Nichols was raised in Austin, Texas from birth until the age of 18, when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in pictures. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2002 with a degree in creative writing. Some years ago, Austin broke off his engagement to Claire Oswalt, his girlfriend of seven years. And his sister, Ashley Nichols, recently gave birth to a baby girl, making Austin an uncle.
Austin was also a competitive water skier, representing the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team in the Pan-American Championships in 1997. Was once ranked #3 in the World Junior Rankings list in the Tricks event and skied in the Junior U.S. Masters Championships twice.
Nichols is stared in "The Informers," opposite Winona Ryder and Kim Basinger. The drama is based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel set in 1983 Los Angeles, where movie executives, rock stars and other morally challenged characters mix and commingle. Past TV credits include "John from Cincinnati," "Deadwood," where he played Wyatt Earp's younger brother, and "Prayers for Bobby." Nichols' feature film credits include Jerry Bruckheimer's "Glory Road," opposite Josh Lucas and Derek Luke, "The Day After Tomorrow," opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and "Wimbledon," opposite Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany. In addition to his feature film roles, he has also starred the indie films "House of Usher," a contemporary adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, and "Lenexa, 1 Mile," a film about four best friends living in a small town.
Nichols, born and raised in Austin, Texas, moved to Los Angeles to study creative writing at USC. He received his bachelor of arts in English while simultaneously pursuing a career in acting. It was not long before Hollywood took notice, Nichols got his start with recurring roles on "Six Feet Under" and "Pasadena," opposite Alison Lohman. In addition to acting and writing, Nichols comes from an impressive athletic background. He was ranked third in the world in water skiing and won the Pan American championship '97. He also enjoys golf, tennis and horseback riding, the latter inspired by his Texas upbringing and an obsession with John Ford. Nichols is a cinephile, who admires Hal Ashby and Sam Fuller. Nichols currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Work on One Tree Hill
As well as appearing as Julian Baker, Nichols has also directed the following epiodes: