Jack Nicholson

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  • Birth Name: John Joseph Nicholson
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/22/1937, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor; director; writer; producer
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Whether playing a loser or a lothario, a heavy or a hero, this iconic actor is always, on some level, Jack Nicholson. His first Hollywood job was running errands for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long and landed his first big-screen gig in the 1958 crime thriller, Cry Baby Killer. In the 1960s the hungry up-and-comer turned in a bunch of offbeat performances in a string of low-budget flicks, a few of which he wrote. He was over 30 when he earned his first of many Oscar nods---not to mention an expanded fan base---as a disgruntled lawyer in 1969's Easy Rider. In the 1970s Nicholson tapped into the decade's unrest by essaying a slew of unforgettable roles in legendary films: a rebel in Five Easy Pieces, a misogynist in Carnal Knowledge, a lovesick gumshoe in Chinatown and an unruly inmate in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which snagged Nicholson his first Academy Award. He became a scenery-chewing, eyebrow-arching megastar in the 1980s, delivering broad yet interesting performances in more commercial fare like Terms of Endearment, The Witches of Eastwick and Batman. Nicholson's personal life was as dramatic as his career. At the age of 37, he learned that the woman whom he thought was his mother was actually his grandmother and that his supposed sister was his biological mom. As for his own romantic entanglements, he had a longtime on-again, off-again relationship with Anjelica Huston that ended acrimoniously in 1990 when he fathered a child with starlet Rebecca Broussard, and later he was linked to the much younger Lara Flynn Boyle. In the late 1990s the actor started to slow down. He took a four-year hiatus from the big screen after his Oscar-winning turn as a surly obsessive-compulsive writer in 1997's As Good as It Gets, but he was back to winning accolades for his performances in About Schmidt (2002) and The Departed (2006). Even when he's not on screen, Nicholson is a ubiquitous industry presence, frequently spotted on red carpets, at awards shows and courtside at Lakers games.Jack Nicholson Fast Facts:
  • Began show business career in 1957 as a messenger in MGM's cartoon department.
  • Early TV credits include two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Cowrote and coproduced Head, the psychedelic 1968 movie starring the Monkees.
  • Turned down Robert Redford's role in The Sting (1973); and the Michael Corleone role in The Godfather (1972).
  • At the age of 37, learned that the woman he thought was his mother was actually his grandmother and that his supposed sister was really his mother.
  • Bought Marlon Brando's home, which was next door to his, in 2004 after Brando's death. Two years later, he had the home demolished because of the severe deterioration of the property.
  • Inducted into the California Hall of Fame alongside Jane Fonda on Dec. 15, 2008.
  • Jack Nicholson Relationships:
  • Lara Flynn Boyle - Ex-significant Other
  • Lorraine Broussard Nicholson - Daughter
  • Ethel May Nicholson - Grandmother
  • June Nicholson - Mother
  • Pamela Hawley Liddicoat - Half Sister
  • Raymond Nicholson - Son
  • Anjelica Huston - Ex-significant Other
  • Jennifer Nicholson - Daughter
  • Rebecca Broussard - Ex-significant Other
  • Sandra Knight - Ex-wife
  • John Nicholson - Grandfather
  • Lorraine Nicholson - Aunt
  • Jack Nicholson Awards:
  • 1982 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Winner
  • 1974 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor - Winner
  • 1989 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1987 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album For Children - Winner
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1983 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1992 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1997 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1981 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1987 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 2002 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1973 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1975 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1970 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1969 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1974 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor - Winner
  • 1971 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1974 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1990 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1970 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1984 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1988 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1985 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2006 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2002 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1976 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor - Winner
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1969 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner

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