Actor, Songwriter, Dancer and Choreographer, born Nicholas Castle in Brooklyn, New York, he worked in his early years as a dance director in vaudeville, and moved to Hollywood in 1935, where he worked as a choreographer in night club acts andQ at Twentieth Century Fox.
He would later do choreography for Paramount, Warner, MGM and Columbia studios, working with such stars as Donald OConnor, Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Betty Grable, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. He also had quite a career staging television shows.
In his prime, from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s, he would stage or choreograph some of the best dance scenes filmed, including such hits as "Hellzapoppin" (1941) with Dean Collins, and "Living it up" (1954) with Jerry Lewis.
He joined ASCAP in 1951, and his chief songwriting collaborators included Sidney Clare, Jule Styne, Dudley Brooks, and Eddie Beal. His popular-song compositions include "Limpy Dimp", "Candy Store Blues", "Chula Chihuahua", "Relax", and "Ginger".
He was the dance director or choreographer on such famous movies as "Swanee River" (1939), "Buck Privates" (1941), "Royal Wedding" (1951), "Skirts Ahoy" (1952), "The Seven Little Foys" (1955), and over eighty other films.
In 1966 Nick was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in a Special Classification of Individual Achievements for The Andy Williams Show.
He died of a sudden heart attack, in Los Angeles, California. His son, Nick Jr, is also an actor and movie director. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)