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Jack Nicholson



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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Jack Nicholson
2011
32% How Do You Know
  • Charles
2010
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • Actor
2008
40% The Bucket List
  • Edward Perryman Cole
2007
No Score Yet Essential Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Burnt Rubber
  • Actor
2007
91% The Departed
  • Frank Costello
2006
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer Multi-Title
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - The Legend Reborn
  • Actor
2005
71% Something's Gotta Give
  • Harry Sanborn
2003
43% Anger Management
  • Dr. Buddy Rydell
2003
No Score Yet Camera
  • Actor
2003
85% About Schmidt
  • Warren R. Schmidt
2002
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
2002
78% The Pledge
  • Det. Jerry Black
2001
No Score Yet Zebra Lounge
  • Actor
2001
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Melvin Udall
1997
No Score Yet Blood & Wine
  • Alex
1997
61% Blood and Wine
  • Actor
1997
52% Mars Attacks!
  • President Dale/Art Land
1996
23% The Evening Star
  • Garrett Breedlove
1996
75% The Crossing Guard
  • Freddy Gale
1995
60% Wolf
  • Will
1994
52% Hoffa
  • James R. Hoffa
1992
81% A Few Good Men
  • Col. Nathan R. Jessep
1992
7% Man Trouble
  • Harry Bliss
1992
65% The Two Jakes
  • Director
  • J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
1990
No Score Yet Jack Nicholson: The Joker's Wild
  • Actor
1990
72% Batman
  • The Joker/Jack Napier
1989
65% Ironweed
  • Francis Phelan
1987
98% Broadcast News
  • Bill Rorish
1987
73% The Witches of Eastwick
  • Daryl Van Horne
1987
47% Heartburn
  • Mark Forman
1986
88% 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
No Score Yet A.F.I. Life Achievement Awards - John Huston
  • Actor
1983
89% The Border
  • Charlie
1982
94% Reds
  • Eugene O'Neill
1981
83% The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Frank Chambers
1981
87% The Shining
  • Jack Torrance
1980
71% Goin' South
  • Director
  • Henry Lloyd Moon
1978
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers
  • Actor
1977
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Brimmer
1976
79% The Missouri Breaks
  • Tom Logan
1976
95% 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
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
89% Carnal Knowledge
  • Jonathan
1971
67% Drive, He Said
  • Producer
  • Director
1971
87% 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
100% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Gino
1967
100% Ride in the Whirlwind
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Wes
1967
100% The Shooting
  • Billy Spear
  • Producer
1967
31% The Trip
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1967
29% Hells Angels on Wheels
  • Poet
1967
No Score Yet Flight to Fury
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1966
No Score Yet Flight to Fury
  • 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
30% 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 Lost TV Comedy of the 50's
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Cult Films of Roger Corman
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Fight Game With Jim Lampley
2012
  • Guest

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