Austin Nichols was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and moved to Austin, Texas before he was a year old.

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Austin Nichols (born April 24, 1980) is an American film, television actor and director who is perhaps best known for his role as Julian Baker in The CW drama series One Tree Hill.

He is also known for his roles in films such as The Day After Tomorrow and Wimbledon.

He represented the US Junior Water Ski Team in the Pan-American Championships in 1997, and was also on the Junior US Olympic Water Skiing team.

His acting career began when he gate-crashed a party at the Sundance Film Festival and was signed by a manager.

Nichols initially wished to attend the University of Texas, but moved to Los Angeles after his signing and enrolled instead at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Although Nichols had guest appearances in Sliders, Odd Man Out, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Family Law, Watching Ellie, and Wolf Lake before his graduation, his big break came in 2002 when he appeared as Brenda Chenowith's lover in two episodes of Six Feet Under.

Glory Road, directed by James Gartner and starring Josh Lucas, is a film based on the true story of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which Coach Don Haskins led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.

Nichols played one of the few white players on the team; he trained heavily for the role and had to master basketball as it was played in the 1960s, saying "I'd never been so sore in my life".

Shortly after John from Cincinnati was cancelled, Nichols was pulled over at 3 A. on August 24, 2007 in Jackson, Michigan after driving the wrong way down a one-way street in his silver Mercury Mountaineer.