Jack Nicholson

Lowest Rated: 7% Man Trouble (1992)
Birthday: Apr 22, 1937
Birthplace: New York City, New York
With his devil-may-care attitude and potent charisma, Jack Nicholson emerged as the most popular and celebrated actor of his generation. A classic anti-hero, he typified the new breed of Hollywood star -- rebellious, contentious and defiantly non-conformist. A supremely versatile talent, he uniquely defined the zeitgeist of the 1970s, a decade which his screen presence dominated virtually from start to finish, and remained an enduring counterculture icon for the duration of his long and renowned career. Born April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey, and raised by his mother and grandmother, Nicholson travelled to California at the age of 17, with the intent of returning east to attend college. It never happened -- he became so enamored of the west coast that he stayed, landing a job as an office boy in MGM's animation department. Nicholson studied acting with the area group the Players Ring Theater, eventually appearing on television as well as on stage. While performing theatrically, Nicholson was spotted by "B"-movie mogul Roger Corman, who cast him in the lead role in the 1958 quickie The Cry Baby Killer. He continued playing troubled teens in Corman's 1960 efforts Too Soon to Love and The Wild Ride before appearing in the Irving Lerner adaptation of the novel Studs Lonigan. He did not reappear on-screen prior to the 1962 Fox "B"-western The Broken Land. It was then back to the Corman camp for 1963's The Raven. For the follow-up, The Terror, he worked with a then-unknown Francis Ford Coppola and Monte Hellman. A year later, he enjoyed his second flirtation with mainstream Hollywood in the war comedy Ensign Pulver. Under Hellman, Nicholson next appeared in both Back Door to Hell and Flight to Fury. Together, they also co-produced a pair of 1967 Corman westerns, Ride in the Whirlwind and The Shooting. A brief appearance in the exploitation tale Hell's Angels on Wheels followed before Nicholson wrote the acid-culture drama The Trip, which co-starred Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. He also penned 1968's Head, a psychedelic saga, and wrote and co-starred in Psych-Out. After rejecting a role in Bonnie and Clyde, Nicholson was approached to star in the 1969 counterculture epic Easy Rider. As an ill-fated, alcoholic civil-rights lawyer, Nicholson immediately shot to stardom, earning a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nomination as the film rose to landmark status. Nicholson appeared briefly in the 1970 Barbra Streisand musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, followed by Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces, in which his notorious diner scene remains among the definitive moments in American cinematic history. The film was much acclaimed, earning a "Best Picture" Oscar nomination; Nicholson also received a "Best Actor" bid, and was now firmly established among the Hollywood elite. He next wrote, produced, directed and starred in 1971's Drive, He Said, which met with little notice. However, the follow-up, Mike Nichols's Carnal Knowledge, was a hit. After accepting a supporting role in Henry Jaglom's 1972 effort A Safe Place, Nicholson reunited with Rafelson for The King of Marvin Gardens, followed in 1973 by the Hal Ashby hit The Last Detail, which won him "Best Actor" honors at the Cannes Film Festival as well as another Academy Award nomination. Nicholson earned yet one more Oscar nomination as detective Jake Gittes in Roman Polanski's brilliant 1974 neo-noir Chinatown, universally hailed among the decade's greatest motion pictures. The next year, Nicholson starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger, then delivered a memorable supporting turn in the musical Tommy. The Fortune, co-starring Warren Beatty and Stockard Channing, followed, before the year ended with Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; the winner of five Oscars, including "Best Picture" and, finally, "Best Actor." The film earned over $60 million and firmly established Nicholson as the screen's most popular star -- so popular, in fact, that he was able to turn down


Highest Rated Movies



92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Jack Nicholson $7.5K 2011
32% How Do You Know Charles $30.3M 2010
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Actor 2010
No Score Yet Stardust Actor 2010
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Actor 2008
40% The Bucket List Edward Perryman Cole $93.6M 2007
91% The Departed Frank Costello $132.4M 2006
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn Actor 2005
72% Something's Gotta Give Harry Sanborn $121.5M 2003
42% Anger Management Dr. Buddy Rydell $133.8M 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence Actor 2003
No Score Yet Camera Actor 2003
85% About Schmidt Warren R. Schmidt $65.1M 2002
91% The Kid Stays in the Picture Actor $1.4M 2002
78% The Pledge Det. Jerry Black $18.9M 2001
No Score Yet Zebra Lounge Actor 2001
86% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Actor 2001
85% As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall 1997
61% Blood and Wine Actor 1997
No Score Yet Blood & Wine Alex 1997
53% Mars Attacks! President Dale/Art Land 1996
22% The Evening Star Garrett Breedlove 1996
75% The Crossing Guard Freddy Gale 1995
60% Wolf Will 1994
54% Hoffa James R. Hoffa 1992
82% A Few Good Men Col. Nathan R. Jessep 1992
7% Man Trouble Harry Bliss 1992
68% The Two Jakes Director J.J. 'Jake' Gittes 1990
71% Batman The Joker/Jack Napier 1989
No Score Yet Monsters and Maniacs Actor 1988
62% Ironweed Francis Phelan 1987
98% Broadcast News Bill Rorish 1987
74% The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne 1987
47% Heartburn Mark Forman 1986
86% Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna 1985
No Score Yet Elephant's Child Narrator 1985
57% Terror in the Aisles Actor 1984
88% Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove 1983
80% The Border Charlie 1982
92% Reds Eugene O'Neill 1981
77% The Postman Always Rings Twice Frank Chambers 1981
87% The Shining Jack Torrance 1980
71% Goin' South Henry Lloyd Moon Director 1978
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Actor 1977
44% The Last Tycoon Brimmer 1976
75% The Missouri Breaks Tom Logan 1976
94% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle McMurphy 1975
20% The Fortune Oscar 1975
77% Tommy The Specialist 1975
91% Professione: reporter (The Passenger) David Locke $0.5M 1975
98% Chinatown J.J. Gittes 1974
93% The Last Detail Buddusky 1973
71% The King of Marvin Gardens David Staebler 1972
No Score Yet A Safe Place Mitch 1971
86% Carnal Knowledge Jonathan 1971
62% Drive, He Said Actor Director Producer Screenwriter 1971
88% Five Easy Pieces Robert Dupea 1970
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Tad Pringle 1970
89% Easy Rider George Hanson 1969
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Bunny 1969
75% Head Producer Screenwriter Himself (uncredited) 1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out Stoney 1968
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Gino 1967
100% Ride in the Whirlwind Producer Wes Screenwriter 1967
36% The Trip Actor Screenwriter 1967
100% The Shooting Producer Billy Spear 1967
29% Hells Angels on Wheels Poet 1967
No Score Yet Flight to Fury Screenwriter Jay Wickham 1964
No Score Yet Ensign Pulver Dolan 1964
No Score Yet Back Door to Hell Burnett 1964
No Score Yet Thunder Island Screenwriter 1963
36% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) Lt. Andre Duvalier 1963
92% The Raven Rexford Bedlo 1963
No Score Yet The Broken Land Will Brocious 1962
No Score Yet Velocity Actor 1960
92% The Little Shop of Horrors Wilbur Force 1960
No Score Yet Studs Lonigan Weary Reilly 1960
No Score Yet Too Soon to Love Buddy 1960
No Score Yet The Wild Ride Johnny Varron 1960
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer Jimmy Wallace 1958
No Score Yet Back Door To Hell Actor 1954


No Score Yet The Fight Game With Jim Lampley
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Mr. Garland Marvin Jenkins
  • 1967
  • 1966