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American actor, producer, director and screenwriter Jack Nicholson, 2008, John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson, a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee, was born on April 22, 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey. The son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson who had married Italian American showman Donald Furcillo six months earlier in Elkton, Maryland, on October 16, 1936. Nicholson was brought up believing that his grandparents, John Joseph Nicholson and Ethel May Rhoads were his parents. Nicholson only discovered that his "parents" were actually his grandparents and his sister was in fact his mother in 1974. Nicholson has stated he does not know who his father is, saying "Only Ethel and June knew and they never told anybody". Jack Nicholson grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey. He was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic religion. Nick, as he was known to his high school friends, attended nearby Manasquan High School, where he was voted "class clown" by the Class of 1954. When Nicholson first came to Hollywood, he worked as a gofer for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio. Seeing his talent as an artist, they offered Nicholson a starting level position as an animation artist. However, citing his desire to become an actor, he declined. One of Nicholson's greatest successes came in 1975, with his role as Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Nicholson won his second Oscar, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role of retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment (1983). Three Oscar nominations also followed (Reds, Prizzi's Honor, and Ironweed). His performance in Hoffa also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Nicholson went on to win his next Oscar in the romantic comedy, As Good as It Gets (1997). Was his second-best-grossing film of his career, after Batman. In 2003, Nicholson also starred in Something's Gotta Give, as an aging playboy who falls for the mother (Diane Keaton) of his young girlfriend. In 2007, Nicholson co-starred with Morgan Freeman in Rob Reiner's The Bucket List.

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1958 "The Cry Baby Killer" as Jimmy Wallace
1960 "Too Soon to Love" as Buddy
1960 "The Little Shop of Horrors" as Wilbur Force
1960 "The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1 episode,
1960 "The Wild Ride" as Johnny Varron
1960 "Studs Lonigan" as Weary Reilly
1962 "The Broken Land" as Will Brocious
1963 "The Raven" as Rexford Bedlo
1963 "The Terror" as Lt. Andre Duvalier
1964 "Ensign Pulver" as Dolan
1964 "Flight to Fury" as Jay Wickham
1964 "Back Door to Hell" as Burnett
1965 "Ride in the Whirlwind" as Wes
1967 "The Shooting" as Billy Spear
1967 "Hells Angels on Wheels" as Poet
1968 "Psych-Out" as Stoney
1969 "Easy Rider" as George Hanson
1970 "The Rebel Rousers" as Bunny
1970 "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" as Tad Pringle
1970 "Five Easy Pieces" as Robert Eroica Dupea
1971 "Carnal Knowledge" as Jonathan
1971 "A Safe Place" as Mitch
1972 "The King of Marvin Gardens" as David Staebler
1975 "Professione: reporter" as David Locke
1975 "Tommy" as The Specialist
1975 "The Fortune" as Oscar Sullivan aka Oscar Dix
1975 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as R.P. McMurphy
1976 "The Missouri Breaks" as Tom Logan
1976 "The Last Tycoon" as Brimmer
1978 "Goin' South" as Henry Lloyd Moon
1980 "The Shining" as Jack Torrance
1981 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" as Frank Chambers
1981 "Reds" as Eugene O'Neill
1982 "The Border" as Charlie Smith
1983 "Terms of Endearment" as Garrett Breedlove
1985 "Prizzi's Honor" as Charley Partanna
1986 "Heartburn" as Mark Forman
1987 "The Witches of Eastwick" as Daryl Van Horne
1987 "Broadcast News" as Bill Rorich
1987 "Ironweed" as Francis Phelan
1989 "Batman" as Joker Jack Napier
1990 "The Two Jakes" as J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
1992 "Man Trouble" as Eugene Earl Axline, aka Harry Bliss
1992 "A Few Good Men" as Col. Nathan R. Jessep
1992 "Hoffa" as James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa
1994 "Wolf" as Will Randall
1995 "The Crossing Guard" as Freddy Gale
1996 "Blood and Wine" as Alex Gates
1996 "The Evening Star" as Garrett Breedlove
1996 "Mars Attacks!" as President James Dale Art Land
1997 "As Good as It Gets" as Melvin Udall
2001 "The Pledge" as Jerry Black
2002 "About Schmidt" as Warren Schmidt
2003 "Anger Management" as Dr. Buddy Rydell
2003 "Something's Gotta Give" as Harry Sanborn
2006 "The Departed" as Frank Costello
2007 "The Bucket List" as Edward Cole
2010 "How Do You Know" as Charles


"You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police."
"If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain't take two!"
"I was particularly proud of my performance as the Joker. I considered it a piece of pop art."
"Just because you're a perfectionist doesn't mean you're perfect."
"For a long time, I was afraid to be alone. I had to learn how to be alone. And there are still times when I think, Uh-oh! I gotta talk to somebody here or I'm gonna go crazy! But I like to be alone. Now I do. I really do. There's a big luxury in solitude."
"My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life."
"My motto is: more good times."


Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963) with Sandra Knight; Caleb (b. 1970) with Susan Anspach; Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman; Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990) and Raymond (b. 1992) with Rebecca Broussard.
Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963), daughter of Jack Nicholson and Sandra Knight
Jennifer Nicholson
(b. 1963), daughter of Jack Nicholson and Sandra Knight
Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990), daughter of Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard
Lorraine Nicholson
(b. 1990), daughter of Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard


He has been romantically linked to numerous actresses and models, including Sandra Knight, Winnie Hollman, Anjelica Huston, Rebecca Broussard, Michelle Phillips, Christine Salata, Louise Fletcher, Bebe Buell, Marie Helvin, and Lara Flynn Boyle. Nicholson's longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston, from 1973 to 1989.
Sandra Knight (b. 1940)
Sandra Knight
(b. 1940) was married with Jack Nicholson (1962 - 1968)
Anjelica Huston (b. 1951)
Anjelica Huston
(b. 1951) lived with Jack Nicholson 17 years, from 1973 to 1989.
Winnie Hollman (b. 1963)
Winnie Hollman
(b. 1963) had a 5 year long relationship with Jack
Rebecca Broussard (b. 1963)
Rebecca Broussard
(b. 1963) two children with Jack


About Schmidt (2002) $10,000,000 ; The Pledge (2001) $10,000,000 ; As Good as It Gets (1997) $15,000,000 ; Wolf (1994) $13,000,000 ; Hoffa (1992) $10,000,000 ; A Few Good Men (1992) $5,000,000 ; Batman (1989) $60,000,000 (total earnings) ; The Witches of Eastwick (1987) $6,000,000 ; The Missouri Breaks (1976) $1,250,000 + 10% of all gross receipts above $12.5m ; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) $1,000,000 + 15% gross ; On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) $12,500


In 1994, he was the youngest recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

In 2008, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

In 2010, Nicholson was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

In 2011, Nicholson received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University at its 243rd commencement. At the ceremony, Ruth Simmons, Brown University's president, called him "the most skilled actor of our lifetime".

Awards and nominations

With 12 Academy Award nominations (8 for Best Actor and 4 for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s–2000s), Michael Caine (1960s–2000s), Meryl Streep (1970s–2010s), Paul Newman (1950s–1960s, 1980s–2000s), Katharine Hepburn (1930s–1960s, 1980s), and Laurence Olivier (1930s–1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five different decades.

With three Oscar wins, he also ties with Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ingrid Bergman, and Walter Brennan for the second-most Oscar wins in acting categories. Only Katharine Hepburn, with four Oscars, won more.

In 2013, Nicholson co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture with First Lady Michelle Obama. This ceremony marked the eighth time he has presented the Academy Award for Best Picture (1972, 1977, 1978, 1990, 1993, 2006, 2007, and 2013). Nicholson is an active and voting member of the Academy.


Nicholson is a fan of the New York Yankees (professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx) and Los Angeles Lakers (professional basketball team). He has been a Laker season ticket holder since 1970, and has held courtside season tickets for the past 25 years next to the opponent's benches both at The Forum and Staples Center, missing very few games. In a few instances, Nicholson has engaged in arguments with game officials and opposing players, and even walked onto the court.


Nicholson's first big acting break came when a spot opened up in Fonda and Hopper's Easy Rider (1969). He played alcoholic lawyer George Hanson, for which he received his first Oscar nomination. The film cost only $400,000 to make, and became a blockbuster, grossing $40 million. Biographer John Parker states that Nicholson's interpretation of his role placed him in the company of earlier "anti-hero" actors, such as James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, while promoting him into an "overnight number-one hero of the counter-culture movement".