Nicholas Hammond

Who did he play in The Sound of Music?

Hammond BoyNicholas Hammond played Friedrich, the oldest boy in the von Trapp family. His first line was ‘I’m Friedrich. I’m fourteen and I’m impossible’, showing that self-identity is very important when you're a teenager!

After having had an accident on the ski slopes, Nicholas auditioned for The Sound of Music movie at the age of fourteen. He arrived with his broken arm in a sling and his two front teeth missing! Despite his lack of confidence, as well as not being able to sing, he was given the part.

“Although I had been in the most famous film musical in history, I can honestly say with certainty that I was the worst singer and dancer in the triangle.” - Nicholas Hammond

Friedrich SingingThe telegram that informed Nicholas Hammond’s mother that he had been given the part has apparently still been kept. “It was a total thrill,” he said.

Nicholas also had dark brown hair which had to be dyed blond for the part to make him look more Austrian. This was a painful process as the hair had to be bleached, which blistered his scalp, and needed to be done several times during the course of filming.

The fact that Nicholas grew an inch a month also caused problems. He has always said that most youths go through adolescence in private, but he did it in front of 350 million
people! In fact he grew so much - from 5ft 3inches to 5ft 9inches during filming - that Charmian Carr, his older Puppet Showsister in The Sound of Music, had to end up standing on a box when filming a scene together.

Nicholas has great admiration for Julie Andrews. He claims that it was when he was nine years old, after seeing her play in the stage production of My Fair Lady that he was strongly influenced on wanting to become an actor. How amazing then, that a few years later, he was to star alongside her in this mega hit musical.

“Between scenes, she (Julie Andrews) was teaching us songs and had us in fits of giggles. She knew it was important that when the cameras went on, we just adored her, and we did.” - Nicholas Hammond

Before The Sound of Music

Nicholas Hammond was born on May 15th 1950 in Washington DC. His mother was actress Eileen Bennett and his father Colonel Thomas W. Hammond. His family moved to Europe when he was six,Nick LordoftheFlies but shortly afterwards they moved back to the United States. Nicholas had his film debut as a child actor, in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in 1963. He played one of the choir boys, Robert, who was stranded on a desert island (see photo right).

In 1965 Nicholas Hammond acted in the play The Happiest Millionaire in which his mother also played a small part. This was so Eileen Bennett could accompany her son whilst he was working! Apparently she never told anyone that she was Nicholas’ mother.

After The Sound of Music

Nicholas Hammond carried on acting after The Sound of Music. Here is a comprehensive list of the television shows and films that he has starred in over the years:

Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure (2005) Aaron Spelling
Stealth (2005) Executive Officer
The Saviour (2005) Pastor Nicholas Hammond
The 100 Greatest Family Films (2005)
`Salem`s Lot (2004)
Future Tense (2003)
The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) Bill Taylor
VH-1 Where Are They Now: Superheros (2003)
CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News Network (2002) Commander Oscar F. Hepple
MDA (2002) Dr. Nick Standish
Always Greener (2001) Nigel Milne
The Sound of Music Children (2001)
After They Were Famous (2001)
Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001) Adolphe Menjou
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) Curator
The Track (2000)
On the Beach (2000) U.S. President
BackBerner (1999) Ben Waters
Farscape (1999) Nick Headshot
The Lost World (1999) Phil Dillon
Fox Studios Australia: The Grand Opening (1999)
VH-1 Where Are They Now? (1999)
Secret Men`s Business (1999)
A Difficult Woman (1998)
13 Gantry Row (1998) Russell
Tales of the South Seas (1998)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997) Saxon
Paradise Road (1997) Marty Merritt
Mercury (1996) Jack Koper
Mirror, Mirror (1995) Sir Ivor Creevey-Thorne
The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (1994) Corky
Feds: Terror, The (1993) Milton Morehouse
Frauds (1993) Detective Simms
Irresistible Force (1993) Lieutenant Nash
The Sound of Music: From Fact to Phenomenon (1994)
Frankie`s House (1992) Major Frey Nick Youngman
Beyond My Reach (1990) Steven Schaffer
Embassy (1990) Benson
Trouble in Paradise (1989) Arthur
Emerald City (1988) Ian Wall
Mission: Impossible (1988) Woodward
Challenge, The (1986) Dennis Conner
Cyclone Tracy (1986) Harry
The Flying Doctors (1986) Richard Hull
Crazy Like a Fox (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1984) Todd Worthy
The Tempest (1983) Ferdinand
Richard II (1982) Hotspur
The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982) Reverend Tull
The Adventure Game (1981)
Falcon Crest (1981) D.A. Martin Deering
The Manions of America (1981) Sean O'Manion / Padric O'Manion
Magnum, P.I. (1980) Clarke Troubshaw Hammond Spiderman
The Martian Chronicles (1980) Capt. Arthur Black
Dallas (1978) Bill Johnson
The Amazing Spider-Man (1978) Peter Parker
Eight Is Enough (1977) Harold
Logan`s Run (1977) Hal 14 (Acted alongside Heather Menzies)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) Spider-Man / Peter Parker. This series was based on the long-running comic book developed by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Take a look at this video clip of Hammond/Parker as he discovers his amazing Spiderman powers:

The Fantastic Journey (1977) Tye
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) Lt. Douglas Burke Hammond Older
The Love Boat (1977) Paul Stockwood
The Oregon Trail (1977)
Family (1976) John Crosswell
Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) Walters
The Deputies (1976) Brad Jensen
Good Morning America (1975)
Dirty Sally (1974) John
Double Solitaire (1974) Peter
Lucas Tanner (1974) Andy
Petrocelli (1974) Whitey
Sorority Kill (1974)
Outrage (1973) Ron Werner
Superdad (1973) Roger Rhinehurst
Skyjacked (1972) Peter Lindner
The Waltons (1972) Theodore Albert Claypool Jr. Nick Hawaii 5 0
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1971) Byron Agneau
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971) Evan Clark
The Brady Bunch (1969) Doug Simpson
Hawaii Five-O (1968) Calvin (see photo right)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1965)
The Sound of Music (1965) Friedrich
Flipper (1964) FCC Agent Smiley
General Hospital (1963) Algernon Durban
Lord of the Flies (1963) Robert
The Defenders (1961) Bobby Braden
Gunsmoke (1955) Britt Nick Robyn
The Wonderful World of Disney (1954) Reverend Tull
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) Young John

Nicholas Hammond studied at Princeton University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. He married Laura Soli in 1980, but divorced in 1984. He now lives in Sydney, Australia with his girlfriend Robyn Nevin, who is an artistic director for The Sydney Theatre Company (see photo right).

Since moving to Australia, Nicholas has furthered his career in the acting world and has proved successful as a screenwriter. He wrote A Difficult Woman which became an award winning Lying Cheating Bastardmini series, and also Secret Men’s Business which was the highest ranked TV show ever aired by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In 2009 he directed for the first time in Lying Cheating Bastard, a play he co-wrote with magician James Galea.

Nick SiblingsOver the years Nicholas has remained close to all The Sound of Music siblings, in particular he formed a very good friendship with Charmian Carr, who has described him like her ‘real brother’. In fact, Charmian caused quite a sensation at Princeton, when she visited Nicholas Hammond wearing her mink coat for lunch. It did Nicholas’ freshman’s ego so much good that day! Charmian Carr once said:

“Nicholas was one of the gifts The Sound of Music gave to me. Our relationship is very precious. Nicky is the brother I never had.”

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