Detective Zack Nichols
played by Jeff Goldblum
  • Character bio
  • Actor bio

After September, 11th 2001, Detective Zack Nichols left the police force to discover the meaning of life. But a cerebral, quirky and efficient cop doesn't stay away for long. Now, Det. Nichols' Socratic approach to crime scene investigation has his new partner, Det. Wheeler, and his old partner, Captain Ross, just trying to keep up.

A child of two psychiatrists, Nichols naturally shunned the shrink profession. It didn't have the closure like solving a crime does, at least for him. Even though becoming a cop was a means of rebellion for Nichols, he has found his father as an expert psychiatric witness in many of the cases he's been involved in.

Whether it's taking in a matinee movie to clear his mind or thinking outside the box about a criminal's motive, Zack Nichols is the x-factor on any crime scene investigation.

With a career spanning film, television, and theater, Jeff Goldblum is one of the most talented and respected actors of his generation.

He can next be seen in Paul Schrader's "Adam Resurrected," in which he plays Adam, a stage performer who survives the concentration camps during the time of the Holocaust. The film takes place immediately following the fall of Nazi Germany and will be released sometime in 2008.

Previously, Goldblum starred alongside Kevin Spacey in David Mamet's critically acclaimed play "Speed-the-Plow" at London's Old Vic Theatre. He dazzled sold-out audiences as Bobby Gould, the marginally less-cynical of two contemptuous movie producers.

In 2007, Goldblum returned to series television for the first time since 1980 ("Tenspeed and Brown Shoe") as the lead in the NBC drama "Raines." That same year he garnered an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace."

In 2006, Goldblum starred in the Universal Studios film "Man of the Year," starring opposite Robin Williams, Christopher Walken and Laura Linney. He also stared in Hal Hartley's independent film "Fay Grim," with Parker Posey, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006 and was screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Goldblum starred with Illeana Douglas, Ed Begley Jr. and Moby in a documentary that he also produced, "Pittsburgh," which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2006. The documentary then premiered on the Starz channel in 2006 and is currently available on DVD.

In 2005, Goldblum received critical praise for his return to Broadway, starring in Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" with Billy Crudup, Zeliko Ivanek and Michael Stuhlberg. He received an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance and was nominated for a Drama Desk and Drama League Award. The play received a Drama Critics Award and was nominated for a Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League Award.

In 2004, Goldblum starred in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" with Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Cate Blanchett. Also in 2004, Goldblum received critical attention starring opposite Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber in Showtime's "Spinning Boris," directed by Roger Spottiswoode ("Tomorrow Never Dies).

In 2003, Goldblum starred in "War Stories," a compelling two-hour television movie for NBC, about journalists risking their lives while covering conflicts in the Middle East.

In 2002, Goldblum starred in MGM's "Igby Goes Down," opposite Susan Sarandon, Ryan Philippe and Claire Danes. The film was written and directed by Burr Steers, a former acting student of Goldblum's at Playhouse West.

Goldblum's film career began at the age of seventeen, when he moved to New York City to study acting under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. In less than a year, Joseph Papp cast him in the Broadway hit, "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Soon after, he had his first film audition and was cast as the terrifying rapist in "Death Wish." In contrast to that role, the very next week Robert Altman cast Goldblum as the twenty-year-old boy wonder in "California Split," and asked him to play the mysterious biker/magician in "Nashville."

Goldblum's long list of film credits include roles in some of the highest grossing films of all time, including Steven Spielberg's worldwide box-office success, "Jurassic Park," and Roland Emmerich's science fiction thriller, "Independence Day." Other film credits include "The Lost World: Jurassic Park;" "Holy Man;" "The Prince of Egypt;" Chris Colombus' "Nine Months;" Woody Allen's "Annie Hall;" Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill;" "Silverado;" "The Fly;" "Deep Cover;" Paul Mazursky's "Next Stop Greenwich Village;" "Remember My Name;" "The Right Stuff;" "Threshold;" "Between The Lines;" "Invasion of the Body Snatchers;" "The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai;" "Into the Night;" and "The Tall Guy." On television, Goldblum starred in the Showtime original film "Lush Life" with Forest Whitaker and Kathy Baker.

Aside from acting, Goldblum was nominated for an Academy Award for directing the live action short film, "Little Surprises." He served on the jury of The 1999 Cannes Film Festival and occasionally plays piano with Peter Weller on trumpet in their live-performing jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

Goldblum resides in Los Angeles.