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Jack Nicholson Biography

Birth Name:
John Joseph Nicholson
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, director, writer, producer

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

Awards

  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2006Austin Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2002Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2001Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1998Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1997Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 1997Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1997National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1992National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1992Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1990BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1987New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1987Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1986Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1985Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1985New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1983National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1983Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1983New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1983BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1981Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1981National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1977BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1975Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1975Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1975New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1975BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1974National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 1974Cannes Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 1974New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1974Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1974Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1973Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1972Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1971Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1970Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1970Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1970BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 1969New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1969Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated

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