Jack Nicholson


22 Apr 1937


Neptune, New Jersey, USA


John Joseph Nicholson


Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, screen-writer and director, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nods in every decade from sixties through the naughts.

Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a show-girl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile on him. His real father is believed to have been either Donald Furcillo, an Italian-American show-man, or Eddie King (Edgar Kirschfeld), born in Latvia and also in show-business. Jack's mother's ancestry was Irish, English, as well as German, Scottish, and Welsh.

Nicholson made his film debut in a B-movie titled The Cry Baby Killer (1958). His rise in Hollywood was far from meteoric, and for years, he sustained his career with guest spots in television series and a number of Roger Corman films, including The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

Nicholson's first turn in the director's chair was for Drive, He Said (1971). Before that, he wrote the screenplay for The Trip (1967), and co-wrote Head (1968), a vehicle for The Monkees. His big break came with Easy Rider (1969) and his portrayal of liquor-soaked attorney George Hanson, which earned Nicholson his first Oscar nomination. Nicholson's film career took off in the 1970s with a definitive performance in Five Easy Pieces (1970). Nicholson's other notable work during this period includes leading roles in Roman Polanski's noir masterpiece Chinatown (1974) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), for which he won his first Best Actor Oscar.

The 1980s kicked off with another career-defining role for Nicholson as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Shining (1980). A string of well-received films followed, including Terms of Endearment (1983) which earned Nicholson his second Oscar; Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987). He portrayed another renowned villain, The Joker, in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In the 1990s, he starred in such varied films as A Few Good Men (1992), for which he received another Oscar nomination, and a dual role in Mars Attacks! (1996).

Although a glimpse at the darker side of Nicholson's acting range reappeared in The Departed (2006), the actor's most recent roles highlight the physical and emotional complications one faces late in life. The most notable of these is the unapologetically misanthropic Melvin Udall in As Good as It Gets (1997), for which he won his third Oscar. Shades of this persona are apparent in About Schmidt (2002), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Bucket List (2007). In addition to his Oscar wins and nominations, Nicholson has seven Golden Globe Awards, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. He also became one of the youngest actors to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement award in 1994.

Nicholson has five children: Eldest daughter Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963), from his marriage to Sandra Knight which ended in 1968; Caleb James Goddard (b. 1970) with Susan Anspach; Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman; and Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990) and Ray Nicholson (b. 1992) with Rebecca Broussard. Nicholson's longest relationship was the seventeen years he spent with actress Anjelica Huston; it ended when Broussard become pregnant with his child.

Actor ( 135 credits )

Quick Reviews with Maverick (2015)  Melvin Udall (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself - Attending Clippers Playoff Game (1 episode,
The Challenge Show (2014)  Jack Torrance (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013) Himself (archive footage)
Dante's Domicile (2013)  Lt. Andre Duvalier (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Top Priority: The Terror Within (2012) Himself - Academy Award Winning Actor (archive footage)
America's Book of Secrets (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Jack Torrence / ... (archive footage) (3 episodes, 201
The Fight Game with Jim Lampley (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Himself
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories (2011)  Himself - Award Winning Actor (archive footage) (2 epi
How Do You Know (2010) Charles
America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (2010) Himself
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010) David Staebler (archive footage)
I'm Still Here (2010) Himself
I Am (2010) R.P. McMurphy (archive footage) (uncredited)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Jack Torrance / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  George Hanson (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Cinémas (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008) Himself / Jack Gittes (archive footage)
Waiting for Hockney (2008) Himself (archive footage)
The Bucket List (2007) Edward
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Lt. Andre Duvalier / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes
5 Second Movies (2007)  The Joker (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
The Departed (2006) Frank Costello
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Los Angeles (2005) Himself
Mike & Mike (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
80s (2005)  Jack Napier / ... (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 ep
Inside Deep Throat (2005) Himself (archive footage)
Bully & Rick (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
Something's Gotta Give (2003) Harry Sanborn
Anger Management (2003) Dr. Buddy Rydell
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) Himself
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
About Schmidt (2002) Warren Schmidt
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
American Idol (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) Himself (archive footage)
The Pledge (2001) Jerry Black
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) Himself
Junket Whore (1998) Himself
As Good as It Gets (1997) Melvin Udall
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Leute heute (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Blood and Wine (1996) Alex Gates
The Evening Star (1996) Garrett Breedlove
Mars Attacks! (1996) President James Dale / Art Land
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
The Crossing Guard (1995) Freddy Gale
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Wolf (1994) Will Randall
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey (1993) The Specialist (archive footage)
The Making of '...And God Spoke' (1993) Himself [at the Academy Awards Ceremony] (archive foota
Hoffa (1992) James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa
A Few Good Men (1992) Col. Nathan R. Jessup
Man Trouble (1992) Eugene Earl Axline, aka Harry Bliss
HBO First Look (1992)  Frank Costello / ... (1 episode, 2006)
Explosiv - Das Magazin (1992)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2009)
Hollywood Mavericks (1990) Robert Eroica Dupea (archive footage)
The Two Jakes (1990) J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
Batman (1989) Joker / Jack Napier
Hard Copy (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Ironweed (1987) Francis Phelan
Broadcast News (1987) Bill Rorish
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Daryl Van Horne
Biography (1987)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2005)
Heartburn (1986) Mark Forman
Prizzi's Honor (1985) Charley Partanna
American Masters (1985)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2012)
Larry King Live (1985)  J.J. Gittes (1 episode, 2003)
Terms of Endearment (1983) Garrett Breedlove
The Border (1982) Charlie Smith
Cinéma cinémas (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Notre Dame de la Croisette (1981) Himself (uncredited)
Reds (1981) Eugene O'Neill
Ragtime (1981) Pirate at Beach (uncredited)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) Frank Chambers
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (11 episodes, 2007-2014)
The Shining (1980) Jack Torrance
Goin' South (1978) Henry Lloyd Moon
The Last Tycoon (1976) Brimmer
America at the Movies (1976) Jonathan Fuerst / Robert Eroica Duprea (archive footage
The Missouri Breaks (1976) Tom Logan
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) R.P. McMurphy
The Fortune (1975) Oscar
The Passenger (1975) David Locke
Tommy (1975) The Specialist
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself (uncredited) (2 episodes, 1997-2007)
Arena (1975)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 1997)
Chinatown (1974) J.J. Gittes
The Last Detail (1973) Buddusky
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) David Staebler
A Safe Place (1971) Mitch
Carnal Knowledge (1971) Jonathan
Chronicles: Van's Last Performance (1971) Himself
Five Easy Pieces (1970) Robert Eroica Dupea
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) Tad Pringle
The Rebel Rousers (1970) Bunny
Easy Rider (1969) George Hanson
The Movie Orgy (1968) Clip from Unidentified Film (archive footage) (uncredit
Head (1968) Movie director at filmshoot in restaurant (uncredited)
Psych-Out (1968) Stoney
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) Gino, Hit Man (uncredited)
Hells Angels on Wheels (1967) Poet
The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)  Tom Murdock (1 episode, 1967)
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) Wes
The Shooting (1966) Billy Spear
Flight to Fury (1964) Jay Wickham
Ensign Pulver (1964) Yeoman Dolan
Back Door to Hell (1964) Burnett
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)  Crewman (uncredited) (1 episode, 1966)
Cinema (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The Terror (1963) Lt. Andre Duvalier
The Raven (1963) Rexford Bedlo
The Broken Land (1962) Will Brocious
The Hour of St. Francis (1962)  Jim Evans (unknown episodes)
Dr. Kildare (1961)  Jaime Angel (4 episodes, 1966)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) Wilbur Force
The Wild Ride (1960) Johnny Varron
Too Soon to Love (1960) Buddy
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)  Marvin Jenkins / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960)  Bud (1 episode, 1960)
Studs Lonigan (1960) Weary Reilly
Hawaiian Eye (1959)  Tony Morgan (1 episode, 1962)
Mr. Lucky (1959)  Martin (1 episode, 1960)
The Cry Baby Killer (1958) Jimmy Wallace
Sea Hunt (1958)  John Stark (1 episode, 1961)
Bronco (1958)  Bob Doolin (1 episode, 1961)
Tales of Wells Fargo (1957)  Tom Washburn (1 episode, 1961)
Matinee Theatre (1955)  Musician's Son (1 episode, 1956)

Producer ( 6 credits )

I Am But a Fool (2008) executive producer
The Two Jakes (1990) producer (uncredited)
Drive, He Said (1971) producer
Head (1968) producer
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) producer
The Shooting (1966) producer

Writer ( 6 credits )

Drive, He Said (1971) (screenplay)
Head (1968) (written by)
The Trip (1967) (written by)
Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) (written by)
Flight to Fury (1964) (written by)
Thunder Island (1963) (written by)

Director ( 4 credits )

The Two Jakes (1990)
Goin' South (1978)
Drive, He Said (1971)
The Terror (1963) (uncredited)