Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Highest Rated: 100% The Shooting (1967)

Lowest Rated: 7% Man Trouble (1992)

Birthday: Apr 22, 1937

Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, USA

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). He gave an iconic performance in "The Shining" (1980), and was also strong in such films as "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and "Batman" (1990), as well as in "Terms of Endearment" (1983) and "As Good As It Gets" (1997), all of which underscored Nicholson's place in at the top of the Hollywood pantheon.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
31% 25% How Do You Know Charles (Character) $30.2M 2010
41% 77% The Bucket List Edward Cole (Character) $93.5M 2007
91% 94% The Departed Frank Costello (Character) $132.4M 2006
42% 60% Anger Management Dr. Buddy Rydell (Character) $133.8M 2003
72% 69% Something's Gotta Give Harry Langer (Character) $124.6M 2003
85% 74% About Schmidt Warren Schmidt (Character) $65M 2002
78% 59% The Pledge Jerry Black (Character) $19.7M 2001
85% 86% As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall (Character) $147.6M 1997
61% 35% Blood and Wine Alex Gates (Character) $1.1M 1996
22% 62% The Evening Star Garrett Breedlove (Character) $12.7M 1996
54% 53% Mars Attacks! President James Dale/Art Land (Character) $37.8M 1996
75% 53% The Crossing Guard Freddy Gale (Character) $771.7K 1995
61% 42% Wolf Will Randall (Character) $65M 1994
83% 89% A Few Good Men Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Character) $141.3M 1992
7% 15% Man Trouble Eugene Earl Axline aka Harry Bliss (Character) $3.5M 1992
52% 59% Hoffa James R. "Jimmy" Hoffa (Character) $23.3M 1992
65% 38% The Two Jakes Jake Gittes (Character),
Director,
Producer
$9.4M 1990
71% 84% Batman Jack Napier/The Joker (Character) $250.7M 1989
98% 79% Broadcast News Bill Rorich (Character) $49.2M 1987
76% 62% The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne (Character) $58.7M 1987
58% 59% Ironweed Francis Phelan (Character) $6.9M 1987
45% 47% Heartburn Mark Forman (Character) $24.3M 1986
86% 62% Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna (Character) $26.6M 1985
78% 83% Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove (Character) - 1983
80% 53% The Border Charlie Smith (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Notre Dame de la Croisette Unknown (Character) - 1981
79% 59% The Postman Always Rings Twice Frank Chambers (Character) - 1981
89% 83% Reds Eugene O'Neill (Character) - 1981
84% 93% The Shining Jack Torrance (Character) - 1980
71% 50% Goin' South Henry Lloyd Moon (Character),
Director
- 1978
43% 40% The Last Tycoon Brimmer (Character) - 1976
81% 59% The Missouri Breaks Tom Logan (Character) - 1976
17% 36% The Fortune Oscar (Character) - 1975
94% 96% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick McMurphy (Character) - 1975
70% 71% Tommy A. Quackson, Mental Health Specialist (Character) - 1975
88% 85% The Passenger David Locke (Character) $619.7K 1975
99% 93% Chinatown J. J. (Jake) Gittes (Character) - 1974
89% 87% The Last Detail Billy "Bad Ass" Buddusky (Character) - 1973
69% 59% The King of Marvin Gardens David Staebler (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 22% A Safe Place Mitch (Character) - 1971
62% 23% Drive, He Said Director,
Producer
- 1971
87% 72% Carnal Knowledge Jonathan Fuerst (Character) - 1971
100% 74% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Tad Pringle (Character) - 1970
88% 84% Five Easy Pieces Robert Eroica Dupea (Character) - 1970
83% 82% Easy Rider George Hanson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 57% Psych-Out Stoney (Character) - 1968
75% 71% Head Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1968
100% 65% The Shooting Billy Spear (Character),
Producer
- 1967
29% 38% Hell's Angels on Wheels Poet (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 25% Rebel Rousers Bunny (Character) - 1967
39% 52% The Trip Writer $29.5K 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight to Fury Jay Wickham (Character) - 1966
92% 62% Ride in the Whirlwind Wes (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 22% Back Door to Hell Burnett (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 49% Ensign Pulver Dolan (Character) - 1964
87% 64% The Raven Rexford Bedlo (Character) - 1963
36% 22% The Terror Lt. Andre Duvalier (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 29% The Broken Land Will Brocious (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Soon to Love Buddy (Character) - 1960
92% 55% The Little Shop of Horrors Wilbur Force (Character) - 1960
60% No Score Yet Studs Lonigan Weary Reilly (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Ride Johnny Varron (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 28% The Cry Baby Killer Jimmy Wallace (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fight Game With Jim Lampley Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Garland (Guest Star) 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Tom Washburn (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Barbara Stanwyck Show Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960

QUOTES FROM Jack Nicholson CHARACTERS

Dr. John Spivey says: Do you think there's anything wrong with your mind really?

Randle McMurphy says: Not a thing, doc. I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science.

Jack Torrance says: Wendy, I'm home.

Tom Logan says: Do you know what woke you up? I just slit your throat.

Jack Torrance says: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.

Poet says: What's your problem?!

Ida Sessions says: Are you alone?

J.J. Gittes says: Isn't everybody?

Garrett Breedlove says: There isn't that many more shopping days left till Christmas.

Buddusky says: Boy, they really stuck it to ya, didn't they, kid! Stick it in and break it off. Up your giggy with a wah-wah brush, stick it in an' break it off.

Henry Moon says: In my time, I had put a girl or two in tune with nature.

Julia Tate says: I'm sure nature is very grateful.

Joker/Jack Napier says: This town needs an enema.

Jack Torrance says: Darling, I'm not gonna hurt you. I'm just gonna bash your brains in.

Frank Costello says: I got this rat. This gnawing, teething rat.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Hello Vinnie. It's your Uncle Bingo. Time to pay the check. The pen is truly mightier than the sword!

Jack Torrance says: Am not going to hurt you i just want to smash your brains in.

Frank Costello says: When I was your age, they would say you could become cops or criminals; today what I'm saying to you is this: When facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

Robert Eroica Dupea says: I'd like a, uh, plain omelette, uh, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee, and wheat toast.

Waitress says: No substitutions.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: What do you mean? You don't have any tomatoes?

Waitress says: Only what's on the menu. You can have a number two - a plain omelette. It comes with cottage fries and rolls.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Yeah, I know what it comes with, but it's not what I want.

Waitress says: Well, I'll come back when you make up your mind.

Palm Apodaca says: Fantastic that you could figure that all out and lie that down on her so you could come up with a way to get your toast. Fantastic!

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Yeah, well, I didn't get it, did I?

Palm Apodaca says: No, but it was very clever. I would have just punched her out.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: If you wouldn't open your mouth, everything would be just fine.

Rayette Dipesto says: That was real good, wasn't it? I finally did it!

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Great. You throw the big Z's for 19 frames, and then you throw a strike on the last ball of a losing game. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Your, your little friend's real, real sharp. Uh, I don't, uh, I don't wear the wig on TV because if you're gonna be out there in front of two and a half million people, you've got to be sincere. I mean, I like to wear it when I'm in bowling alleys and slipping around, stuff like that. I think it gives me a little class. What do you think?

Robert Eroica Dupea says: What are you doing screwing around with all this crap?

Catherine Van Ost says: I do not find your language very charming.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: It isn't. It's direct.

Catherine Van Ost says: I'd like you to leave so that I can take a bath. Is that direct?

Palm Apodaca says: I had to leave this place because I got depressed seeing all the crap. And the thing is, they're making more crap, you know? They got so many stores and stuff and junk full of crap I can't believe it.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Who?

Palm Apodaca says: Who? Man, that's who. Pretty soon there won't be any room for man. They're selling more crap that people go and buy than you can imagine. Crap.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Where do you get the ass to tell anybody anything about class, or who the hell's got it, or what she typifies? You shouldn't even be in the same room with her, you pompous celibate... You're totally full of shit! You're all full of shit.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: You're just gonna sit here?

Rayette Dipesto says: Yes.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Okay. I hope no one hits on you.

Rayette Dipesto says: I hope they do.

Rayette Dipesto says: I'm gonna play it again.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: You play that thing one more time, I'm gonna melt it down into hairspray.

Rayette Dipesto says: Let me play the other side then.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: No, Rayette, it's not a question of sides. It's a question of musical integrity.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: Ants! Why don't we all line up like a goddamned bunch of ants! Its the most beautiful part of the day!

Robert Eroica Dupea says: It's ridiculous. I'm sittin' here listening to some cracker *asshole* lives in a trailer park compare his life to mine. Keep on tellin' me about the good life, Elton, because it makes me puke.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: I don't know if you'd be particularly interested in hearing anything about me. My life, I mean... Most of it doesn't add up to much that I could relate as a way of life that you'd approve of... I'd like to be able to tell you why, but I don't really... I mean, I move around a lot because things tend to get bad when I stay. And I'm looking... for auspicious beginnings, I guess... I'm trying to, you know, imagine your half of this conversation... My feeling is, that if you could talk, we probably wouldn't be talking. That's pretty much how it got to be before... I left... Are you all right? I don't know what to say... Tita suggested that we try to... I don't know. I think that she... seems to feel we've got... some understanding to reach... She totally denies the fact that we were never that comfortable with each other to begin with... The best that I can do, is apologize. We both know that I was never really that good at it, anyway... [sobbing] I'm sorry it didn't work out.

Lieutenant J.G. Daniel Kaffe says: You can't handle the truth!

Col. Nathan R. Jessep says: You can't handle the truth!

Jack Torrance says: Here's Johnny!

Joker/Jack Napier says: Tell me something, my friend, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: What?

Joker/Jack Napier says: I always ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.

Garrett Breedlove says: Stick it between your knees!

Eugene O'Neill says: Where's the whiskey?

Jack Torrance says: A momentary loss of muscular coordination. A few extra footpounds of energy per second, per second. [signalizes that Danny's arm was broken]

Jack Torrance says: A momentary loss of muscular coordination. A few extra footpounds of energy per second, per second.

Jack Torrance says: White man's burden, Lloyd, my man, white man's burden.

Jack Torrance says: I'm awfully glad you asked me that, Lloyd. Because I just happen to have to twentys and two tens right here in my wallet. And I was afraif there were gonna be there until net April. So, here's what: You slip me a bottle of bourbon, a cool glass and some ice. You can do that, can't you, Lloyd? You're not too busy, are you [laughs sarcastically]

Jack Torrance says: I'm awfully glad you asked me that, Lloyd. Because I just happen to have to twentys and two tens right here in my wallet. And I was afraif there were gonna be there until net April. So, here's what: You slip me a bottle of bourbon, a cool glass and some ice. You can do that, can't you, Lloyd? You're not too busy, are you?

Ullman says: I don't suppose they told you anything in Denver about the tragedy we had in the Winter of nineteen seventy.

Jack Torrance says: I don't believe they did.

Ullman says: My predecessor in this job left a man named Charles Grady as the Winter caretaker. And he came up here with his wife and two little girls, I think were eight and ten. And he had a good employment record, good references, and from what I've been told he seemed like a completely normal individual. But at some point during the winter, he must have suffered some kind of a complete mental breakdown. He ran a muck and killed his family with an axe. Stacked them neatly in one of the rooms in the West wing and then he, he put both barrels of a shot gun in his mouth.

Jack Torrance says: I like you, Lloyd. I always liked you. You were always the best of them. Best goddamned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine. Or Portland, Oregon, for that matter.

Jack Torrance says: Heeere's Johnny!

Jack Torrance says: Here's to five miserable months on the wagon, and all the irreparable harm it has caused me.

Jack Torrance says: Mr. Grady. You were the caretaker here. I recognize ya. I saw your picture in the newspapers. You, uh, chopped your wife and daughters up into little bits. And then you blew your brains out.

Grady says: That's strange, sir. I don't have any recollection of that at all.

Jack Torrance says: [typed] All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrance says: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrance says: God, I'd give anything for a drink. I'd give my god-damned soul for just a glass of beer

Wendy Torrance says: Hey. Wasn't it around here that the Donner Party got snowbound?

Jack Torrance says: I think that was farther west in the Sierras.

Wendy Torrance says: Oh.

Danny Torrance says: What was the Donner Party?

Jack Torrance says: They were a party of settlers in covered-wagon times. They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.

Danny Torrance says: You mean they ate each other up?

Jack Torrance says: They had to, in order to survive.

Wendy Torrance says: Jack...

Danny Torrance says: Don't worry, Mom. I know all about cannibalism. I saw it on TV

Jack Torrance says: See, it's OK. He saw it on the television.

Grady says: [referring to Jack murdering his wife and son] Mr. Torrance, I see you can hardly have taken care of the business we discussed.

Grady says: Mr. Torrance, I see you can hardly have taken care of the business we discussed.

Jack Torrance says: No need to rub it in, Mr. Grady.

Wendy Torrance says: I'm gonna go now.

Jack Torrance says: Wendy?

Wendy Torrance says: I'm gonna try and get Danny down to Sidewinder in the Snow Cat. I'll send back a doctor...

Jack Torrance says: Wendy?

Wendy Torrance says: Yes?

Jack Torrance says: You got a biiiig surprise coming to you. You're not going anywhere. Go check out the Snow Cat and the radio and you'll see what I mean. Go check it out.

Lloyd says: What will you be drinking, sir?

Jack Torrance says: Hair of the dog that bit me, Lloyd.

Jack Torrance says: Do you have the slightest idea what a moral and ethical principle is? Do you?

Lloyd says: Women. Can't live with them, can't live without them.

Jack Torrance says: Words of wisdom, Lloyd, my man. Words of wisdom.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Nice Outfit

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: You killed my parents.

Joker/Jack Napier says: what? hahaha. what are you talking about?

Joker/Jack Napier says: What? Hahaha. What are you talking about?

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: I made you, you made me first.

Joker/Jack Napier says: hey, give me a break bat brains, I mean I was a kid when I killed your parents, I made you, you made me. I mean, how childish can you get? You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses on, would you? (batman punches him anyway)

Joker/Jack Napier says: Hey, give me a break, bat brains. I mean, I was a kid when I killed your parents. I made you, you made me. I mean, how childish can you get? You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses on, would you? (Batman punches him anyway).

Joker/Jack Napier says: (to the statue head) what are you laughing at!?!

Joker/Jack Napier says: (To the statue head) What are you laughing at!?!

Joker/Jack Napier says: sometimes I just kill myself!

Joker/Jack Napier says: Sometimes I just kill myself!

Joker/Jack Napier says: The pen, is truly mightier than the sword

Joker/Jack Napier says: The pen is truly mightier than the sword.

J.J. Gittes says: As little as possible

Ida Sessions says: (making anonymous `phone call) Are you alone?

Ida Sessions says: Are you alone?

J.J. Gittes says: Isn`t everybody?

J.J. Gittes says: Isn't everybody?

Jack Torrance says: HERE'S JOHNNY!

Jack Torrance says: Here's Johnny!

Jack Torrance says: [typed] All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrance says: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Jack Torrance says: Here's Johnny!

Col. Nathan R. Jessep says: You can't handle the truth!

Will Randall says: I've never loved anybody this way. Never looked at a woman and thought, if civilization fails, if the world ends, I'll still understand what God meant.

Frank Costello says: *Sniff* *Sniff*...I smell a rat.

Jack Torrance says: HERE'S JOHNNY!

President Dale says: SHUT UP! Shut up, SHUT UP!

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Chief, just jump up, and put it in the basket. Jump and put it in the basket. No, not you Machini.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: I tried, god dammit. At least I did that.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: You guys complain how much you hate it here, and then don't even have the guts to leave! You're all crazy!

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Harding, give him one of your cigarettes.

Harding says: But it's my last one.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: That's a fucking lie. Now just give him one.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Jesus Christ Almighty! Do you nuts wanna play cards or do you wanna fucking jerk off!?

Melvin Udall says: People who talk in metaphors oughta shampoo my crotch.

Harry Sanborn says: It's just a walk Erica, not a marriage proposal.

Joker/Jack Napier says: I have given a name to my pain. It is Batman.

J.J. Gittes says: "as little as possible"

J.J. Gittes says: As little as possible.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter

Joker/Jack Napier says: Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?

Jack Torrance says: I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm just gonna bash em right the fuck in!

Jack Torrance says: I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. [Wendy gasps] Gonna bash 'em right the fuck in! Ha ha ha.

J.J. Gittes says: To tell you the truth, I lied a little.

Henry Moon says: I wouldn't take you to a dogfight if you was the defending champ.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Want me to take a shit on the floor?

Jake Gittes says: Catherine!...It never goes away.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Jesus, I Must Be Crazy To Be In A Loony-Bin Like This.

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Jesus, I must be crazy to be in a loony-bin like this.

Frank Costello says: I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me

Frank Costello says: I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.

President Dale says: Can't we all just get along?

Edward Cole says: Somewhere, some lucky guy's having a heart attack.

Melvin Udall says: Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes, with boats, and friends, and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that's their story; good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you're that pissed that so many others had it good.

Frank Costello says: Nobody gives it to you you have to take it.

Melvin Udall says: Well, I work all the time. So never interrupt me. Not if there's a fire. Not even if you hear the sound of a thud coming from my home and a week later, there's a smell that can only be a decaying human body and you have to put a hanky up to your nose because the smell is so bad, you think you're gonna faint. Even then don't come knocking. Or, if it's election night, and you're excited and you wanna celebrate because some fudge packer you date has become the first queer president of the United States and he's going to have you down to Camp David, and you want someone to share the moment with. Even then, don't knock, not on this door. Not for any reason. Do you get me, sweetheart?

Joker/Jack Napier says: [Joker reads the newspaper] "Winged freak terrorizes"? Wait till they get a load of me!

Joker/Jack Napier says: [Joker reads the newspaper] 'Winged freak terrorizes'? Wait till they get a load of me!

J.J. Gittes says: You're even dumber than you think I think you are.

Frank Costello says: No one gives it to you. You have to take it.

Melvin Udall says: I had to see you.

Carol Connelly says: Because?

Melvin Udall says: It relaxes me. I'd feel better sitting outside your apartment on the curb than any other place I can think of or imagine.

Jackie says: How do you write women so well?

Melvin Udall says: I think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability

Melvin Udall says: I think of a man. And I take away reason and accountability.

Jack Torrance says: Little Pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair on your chinny- chin chin? Then I'll huff... and I'll Puff.. and I'll blow your house in.

Jack Torrance says: "Wendy, darling, Light of my Life! I'm not gonna hurt ya."

Jack Torrance says: Wendy, darling, Light of my Life! I'm not gonna hurt ya.

Joker/Jack Napier says: Tell me something my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: YOU WANT TO GET NUTS?!!! COME ON! Lets get nuts!

Batman/Bruce Wayne says: YOU WANT TO GET NUTS? COME ON! Lets get nuts!

District Attorney Harvey Dent says: Call Me.

Joker/Jack Napier says: This town needs an enema.

Joker/Jack Napier says: I'm only laughing on the outside. My smile is just skin deep. If you could see inside, I'm really crying. You might join me for a weep.

Frank Costello says: You know what i like about restaurants?

Frank Costello says: You know what I like about restaurants?

Billy Costigan says: The fucking food? i don't know what.

Billy Costigan says: The fucking food? I don't know what.

Frank Costello says: you learn a lot watching things eat

Frank Costello says: You learn a lot watching things eat.

Melvin Udall says: Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here!

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: which one of you nuts has got any guts?

Randle Patrick McMurphy says: Which one of you nuts has got any guts?

Joker/Jack Napier says: Jack? Jack is dead my friend, you can call me, Joker. As you can see, I'm a lot happier.