Jack Nicholson

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Perhaps no other actor of his generation made more of a lasting impression than Jack Nicholson. Over the course of several decades, Nicholson delivered one sterling performance after another in films that have long been ... Read more »
Born: 04/22/1937 in Neptune, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

Edward (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Frank Costello (Actor)

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Dr Buddy Rydell (Actor)

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Something's Gotta Give 2003 (Movie)

Harry Sanborn (Actor)

About Schmidt 2002 (Movie)

Warren Schmidt (Actor)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Jerry Black (Actor)

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

Melvin Udall (Actor)

Blood & Wine 1997 (Movie)

Alex Gates (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

President James Dale/Art Land (Actor)

The Evening Star 1996 (Movie)

Garret Breedlove (Actor)

Celebrate Storytelling With Danny Glover 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crossing Guard 1995 (Movie)

Freddy Gale (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Will Randall (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

Colonel Nathan R Jessep (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

James R Hoffa (Actor)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Harry Bliss (Actor)

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

Jake Gittes (Actor)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

The Joker/Jack Napier (Actor)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

Network Anchorman (Actor)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Francis Phelan (Actor)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

Daryl Van Horne (Actor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

Mark Forman (Actor)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

Charley Partanna (Actor)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

Garrett Breedlove (Actor)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

Eugene O'Neill (Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

Frank Chambers (Actor)

The Border 1980 (Movie)

Charlie Smith (Actor)

The Shining 1980 (Movie)

Jack Torrance (Actor)

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

Henry Lloyd Moon (Actor)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

R P McMurphy (Actor)

The Fortune 1975 (Movie)

Oscar (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Brimmer (Actor)

The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Tom Logan (Actor)

The Passenger 1975 (Movie)

David Locke (Actor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Specialist (Actor)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

J J Gittes (Actor)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

Buddusky SMI (Actor)

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

Jonathan (Actor)

The King of Marvin Gardens 1971 (Movie)

David Staebler (Actor)

A Safe Place 1970 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

Robert Eroica Dupea (Actor)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

Tad Pringle (Actor)

Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

Bunny (Actor)

Easy Rider 1969 (Movie)

George Hanson (Actor)

Head 1968 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Psych-Out 1968 (Movie)

Stoney (Actor)

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell's Angels on Wheels 1967 (Movie)

Poet (Actor)

Flight to Fury 1966 (Movie)

Jay Wickam (Actor)

Ride in the Whirlwind 1966 (Movie)

Wes (Actor)

The Shooting 1966 (Movie)

Billy Spears (Actor)

Back Door to Hell 1964 (Movie)

Burnett (Actor)

Ensign Pulver 1964 (Movie)

Dolan (Actor)

Hawaiian Eye 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken Land 1962 (Movie)

Will Broicous (Actor)

The Raven 1962 (Movie)

Rexford Bedlo (Actor)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

Lt Andre Duvalier (Actor)

Studs Lonigan 1960 (Movie)

Weary Reilly (Actor)

The Little Shop of Horrors 1960 (Movie)

Wilbur Force (Actor)

Too Soon to Love 1960 (Movie)

Buddy (Actor)

The Wild Ride 1959 (Movie)

Johnny Varron (Actor)

Cry Baby Killer 1958 (Movie)

Jimmy Walker (Actor)

The Elephant's Child (TV Show)

Narrator
Writer (6)

Drive, He Said 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Head 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Flight to Fury 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ride in the Whirlwind 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Trip 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thunder Island 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Drive, He Said 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Head 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ride in the Whirlwind 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shooting 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (3)

The Two Jakes 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Drive, He Said 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (7)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Film Clips

NFL Head Coach: The Man Behind the Men 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Other

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

Joe Montana: The Fire Inside 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Other

Six Days to Sunday 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Other

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Archival Footage

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

uncredited directorial assistance (Other)

Biography

Perhaps no other actor of his generation made more of a lasting impression than Jack Nicholson. Over the course of several decades, Nicholson delivered one sterling performance after another in films that have long been considered as being some of the greatest ever made. Though he got his start with low-budget king Roger Corman in the late-1950s, the actor eventually made his mark with a memorable supporting role in the iconic counterculture road film, "Easy Rider" (1969). Thanks to that Oscar-nominated performance, Nicholson embarked on a fruitful decade of work that ultimately cemented his place in cinematic history, starting with a shaded portrayal of a man searching for what went wrong with his life in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970). But it was his performance as the dogged private detective Jake Gittes in "Chinatown" (1974) that turned the already successful actor into a legend, which he followed with perhaps his most enduring film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). From there, Nicholson became noted for his bombastic and over-the-top performances, which sometimes hampered the actor into being confined to "Jack" roles that limited his choices, as happened in "The Shining" (1980). This persona was put to excellent use in both "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and "Batman" (1990), while he managed to balance out such roles with a return to finer, more nuanced performances in "Terms of Endearment" (1987) and "As Good As It Gets" (1997), all of which underscored Nicholson's place in at the top of the Hollywood pantheon.

Relationships

Susan Anspach Actor

Companion
Met c. 1969 Co-starred in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970) No longer together Anspach alleged they had a son, Caleb, born on Sept. 26, 1970; claims have been made that Nicholson privately acknowledged the child but refused to do so publicly

Lara Flynn Boyle Actor

Companion
Had on-again, off-again relationship; went public with their relationship at the 1999 Emmy Awards Dated until the end of 2000

Rebecca Broussard Actor

Companion
Met while Broussard was a waitress at Helena's, a Hollywood restaurant in which Nicholson was an investor She played Nicholson's secretary in "The Two Jakes" (1990)

Winnie Hollman Actor

Companion
Dated in early 1980s; rumored to have had a daughter, Honey Hollman (born 1981) with Nicholson; this was not publicly acknowledged by the actor

Anjelica Huston Actor

Companion
Lived together from 1973 until 1983, when she moved out and bought a place nearby Relationship ended in 1989 when she learned Nicholson was having a child with another woman

Sandra Knight Actor

Wife
Married June 17, 1962 Divorced Aug. 8, 1968

Pamela Liddicoat

Half-Sister
Born c. 1946; daughter of June Nicholson Murdered in February 1994

Mimi Machu Actor

Companion
Dated in the mid-to-late 1960s

Jennifer Nicholson Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 13, 1963; mother, Sandra Knight Worked as design assistant in "The Two Jakes" (1990); featured in the Nicholson-financed film "Blue Champagne" (1991)

June Nicholson

Mother
Spent a decade in chorus lines before marrying Murray Hawley, but when he left her, returned to her family in Neptune City, NJ Diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 43 (c. 1962) and died without telling Jack she was his mother; he had always believed she was his older sister

Lorraine Nicholson Actor

Daughter
Born April 16, 1990; mother, Rebecca Broussard

John Nicholson

Grandfather
An itinerant alcoholic whom Nicholson believed was his father until a Time magazine researcher revealed otherwise while preparing an Aug. 12, 1974 cover story on the star; Nicholson never learned his father's true identity

Ray Nicholson Actor

Son
Born Feb. 20, 1992; mother, Rebecca Broussard

Ethel Nicholson

Grandmother
Raised Nicholson as her son; he believed her to be his mother until he was 37 years old (she had already died)

Lorraine Nicholson

Aunt
Nicholson believed her to be his older sister; according to Lorraine, Jack had learned the truth prior to the Time cover story of Aug. 12, 1974 from a 15-page letter written by a man purporting to have fathered him with June; Lorraine told Jack that the man was only one of the suspects June had dated at the time

Michelle Phillips Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

Manasquan High School

Manasquan , New Jersey 1954
Voted "class clown" by his graduating class; a theatre and a drama award at the school are named in his honor

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson in James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know"

2007

Co-starred with Morgan Freeman as dying men who must fulfill their list of goals in Rob Reiner's "The Bucket List"

2006

Portrayed an Irish gang boss in Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2003

Co-starred with Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2003

Starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy "Anger Management"; he also contributed to the script

2002

Portrayed a retired salesman in Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt"; received BAFTA, SAG and Oscar leading role nominations

2001

Cast as a retired detective investigating a child's murder in "The Pledge"; directed by Sean Penn

1997

Reunited with Rafelson for "Blood and Wine"

1997

Portrayed an obsessive-compulsive and homophopic writer in James L. Brooks' "As Good as It Gets"; received 11th Oscar nomination making him the most nominated male actor in the history of the award

1996

Had dual role of US President and a Las Vegas car dealership owner in Tim Burton's campy "Mars Attacks!"

1996

Reprised his "Terms of Endearment" part in "Evening Star"

1994

Reteamed with Mike Nichols to star opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in "Wolf"

1992

Played a marine colonel in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"; nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

1992

Acted the role of Jimmy Hoffa in "Hoffa"; earned a Golden Globe nomination

1990

Directed the "Chinatown" sequel "The Two Jakes"; also reprised his role of Jake Gittes

1990

Portrayed The Joker in Tim Burton's "Batman"; blockbuster merchandising deal earned him well in excess of $20 million

1985

Acted opposite longtime lover Anjelica Huston in her father John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor"

1985

Formed T.E.N. Productions with Robert Towne and Robert Evans to make a sequel to "Chinatown"

1983

Earned second Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in James Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"

1981

Played Eugene O'Neill in Warren Beatty's "Reds"; nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Award

1980

Starred opposite Shelley Duvall in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"

1978

Directed "Goin' South," which offered James Belushi and Mary Steenburgen in their debut roles

1975

Solidified standing with Best Actor Oscar for Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1975

Portrayed an alienated American journalist in his one Euro-pic, Michelangelo Antonioni's "The Passenger"

1974

Achieved mainstream Hollywood success as Jake Gittes in Roman Polanski's noir classic "Chinatown"; received Best Actor Oscar nomination

1970

Acted in Mike Nichols' "Carnal Knowledge"

1970

Film directorial debut with "Drive, He Said" (also co-wrote and co-produced)

1969

Solidified star status with leading role in "Five Easy Pieces"; produced and directed by Rafelson; earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination

1968

Cast in a scene-stealing, star-making supporting role in Dennis Hopper's "Easy Rider"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting actor

1968

Initial collaboration with director Bob Rafelson (co-writing and co-producing with him), "Head"; starring the musical group, The Monkees

1967

Wrote the screenplay for Roger Corman's "The Trip" co-starring Peter Fonda

1966

Co-produced and acted in Monte Hellman's "The Shooting" and "Ride the Whirlwind" (also scripted)

1963

Screenwriting debut, "Thunder Island"; a low-budget political thriller

1958

Screen acting debut in "Cry Baby Killer"

Began career in cartoon department at MGM under William Hanna

Moved to Los Angeles at age 17

Professional stage debut in Hollywood stage production of "Tea and Sympathy"

Bonus Trivia

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Nicholson has a major art collection.

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Named a Commander des Arts et Lettres (received in Paris, Sep. 10, 1990 from the French Minister of Culture).

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He received star number 2077 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 1996.

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Nicholson is a rabid fan of the Los Angeles Laker basketball team.

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In 1994, he allegedly hit the windshield of a car with a golf club during a traffic dispute; misdemeanor charges of assault and vandalism were dismissed when a lawsuit brought by the motorist was settled out of court.

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In 1996, Nicholson paid a settlement of $32,500 to Catherine Sheehan, a woman who alleged that the actor attacked her after a paid sexual encounter. Four years later, Sheehan sought to have the settlement overturned because of reported medical problems that resulted from the incident had driven her into debt.

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