Nicholas Hammond was first discovered by legendary British director Peter Brook who cast him in the cult classic film Lord of the Flies. Since then, Nicholas has worked constantly in film, on stage, and in television for over fifty years. He has starred on Broadway, had his own prime time television series on CBS, and played leading and featured roles in some 45 films.
As a teenager he acquired global fame as Friedrick Von Trapp in the Fox film, The Sound of Music, chosen by director Robert Wise from over 450 hopefuls. He followed this a year later with Soldier in Love with Jean Simmons, directed by George Schafer. After his schooling he went straight into a Charlton Heston picture, Skyjacked, marking the third time he had played opposite Walter Pigeon as father and son. In another cult classic, Been Down So Long it Looks like Up to Me he co-starred with Barry Primus and Bruce Davison.
From 1977 to 1979, Hammond created the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the television series The Amazing Spider-Man, launching what has now become a multibillion-dollar franchise. Over the years he played over 250 roles as a guest star on the most iconic television shows from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, from numerous westerns such as Gunsmoke, Dirty Sally, Oregon Trail, and a CBS pilot The Deputies, Mission Impossible, The Brady Bunch, Eight is Enough, The Waltons, Farscape etc. He has starred in nine prime time mini-series.
In 2019 Quentin Tarantino asked Nicholas to portray the director Sam Wanamaker in his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which led to him being asked this year to co-star in The Art of Eight limbs for long-time Tarantino producer Shannon Macintosh. He is currently starring in both a national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and a Sean Penn-produced comedy series with Bryan Brown and Susan Sarandon.
Academy Award winning director Bruce Beresford has used Nicholas five times, in Paradise Road, Mao’s Last Dancer, Moonlight and Magnolias, Ladies in Black and An Usual Pair. They are slotted to work again in Paris in March 2023 in a rom com set in the 1960’s. As a screenwriter, Nicholas has twice won the New York International Film and Television First Prize for his screenplays A Difficult Woman and Secret Men’s Business. He won the Best Australian Screenplay of the Year award his harrowing film script The Wrong Girl, and the Gold Medal for Best Documentary at the British Television Awards for a documentary he wrote, produced and narrated about the real story of the Von Trapp family.
He recently wrote a screenplay about the heroic role of young Polish women in Warsaw during the Ghetto Uprising of 1942, scheduled for production in late 2023.