Missing Actor Nick Stahl: A Career in Progress

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Nick Stahl in Overture Films' Sleepwalking - 2008
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Nick Stahl in Overture Films' Sleepwalking - 2008

On May 14, 2012, Nick Stahl was reported missing by his wife Rose, who claimed she had not seen the 32-year-old actor in seven days. There has been much speculation that Stahl might be in Los Angeles' infamous skid row area, and comparisons have already been made to similar situations involving grown-up child actors such as Brad Renfro (who costarred with Stahl in 2001's "Bully"), who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2008.

It might be easy to assume the worst, but there is no evidence to support this worst-case scenario. Unlike Renfro, who had trouble finding work as he grew older, Stahl has been working steadily over the last few years. While not necessarily the most recognizable face in Hollywood, Stahl's career to date is certainly noteworthy.

Breakout

Stahl's first notable performance came in 1993's "The Man Without a Face," in which he played a young boy who befriends a misunderstood, disfigured man. At the tender age of 13, the young actor had begun his ascent via the Mel Gibson film.

He continued working routinely through the '90s and had a major role in the high school thriller "Disturbing Behavior," which also starred future "It" performers James Marsden and Katie Holmes.

Peak

"In the Bedroom" supplied Stahl with the most critical acclaim of his career thus far, playing a young man whose relationship with an older woman leads to murder. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Not long after, Stahl starred as John Connor in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," which became a box office hit despite mediocre reviews. He would go on to have a main role in HBO's "Carivále" from 2003-2005 and play a pedophilic madman in the comic book adaptation "Sin City."

Recent Work

After "Sin City," Stahl's work on the big screen has been consistent, if not widely recognized in the mainstream. He's made several small thrillers and has also done a lot of work on television recently, including a multi-episode guest spot on ABC's "Body of Proof."

Stahl has also earned critical acclaim for a few independent movies, including "Sleepwalking" and 2011's "Afghan Luke," which is about a journalist investigating war crimes.

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