Nicolas attended Juilliard, paid for with the G.I. Bill after he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam.
In 1984 he performed in "You Can't Take It With You" on Broadway, with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, while playing Mike Roy on ABC's daytime serial All My Children (1970), a role to which he returned in March of 1998 for six months.
Son of actor Walter Szurovy and renowned opera diva Risë Stevens.
He met his wife, Marguerite Surovy, at a newsstand, when he was first playing "Mike Roy" on All My Children (1970) and she was a switchboard receptionist for Penthouse magazine. They and their daughter, Marisa Surovy (born in 1990), now live in California.
He was nominated for a 1978 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a play, "Much Ado About Nothing", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 45 when his wife Marguerite Surovy gave birth to their daughter Marisa Z. Surovy on October 7, 1989.