Nick Mancuso, born Nicodemo Antonio Massimo Mancuso, was born in 1956 in Mammola, Italy but raised as a child in Canada from age eight. Although he developed an interest in acting in high school, he chose to study psychology at the University of Toronto. The acting bug bit again, however, and he was soon drawn to various Canadian theatre groups in the 1970s. During this time, he became artistic director for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, at the same time building up his classical resume at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
TV and film soon came his way in the late 1970s, and he tackled roles both in Hollywood and back in his homeland, where he won the prestigious Genie award for the movie Ticket to Heaven. A sturdy name as an anti-hero or heavy in modestly-budgeted independents, Nick has proven over the years to be a solid, durable player in the "tough guy" crime mold, almost always with a serious edge.