Nick Chinlund was born and raised in New York City. He left the city to play basketball at Brown University, but his hoops career was cut short when he suffered an injury during his freshman year. He stayed at Brown and took up acting classes, and realized it was his true calling. He graduated from Brown and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. He worked in the theater and performed in many acclaimed plays. He worked at the Williamstown Theater Festival from 1988 to 1989. He now lives in New York and Los Angeles.