But he did not go all the way, becoming the sixth celeb to be eliminated - lasting until Day 19.
Prior to his rise in television, Nick had tried his hand a variety of jobs including labouring on building sites, working in a petrol station and selling shoes and carpets.
A young man he turns thirty during the course of the novel from Minnesota, Nick travels to New York in 1922 to learn the bond business.
Nick generally assumes a secondary role throughout the novel, preferring to describe and comment on events rather than dominate the action.
He has a brother, John and three sisters — Angela, Sheila and Karen.
As he tells the reader in Chapter 1, he is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets.