Biography and 20 best films, fantastic actor..Jack Nicholson

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20.Wolf

Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Wolf is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick, and an uncredited Elaine May, with music by Ennio Morricone and..

19.The Passenger

Jack Nicholson, Ian Hendry

Released: 1975

Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

The Passenger is a 1975 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Written by Antonioni and Peter Wollen, the film is about a British-American journalist, David Locke who assumes the..

18.Anger Management

Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Segal

Anger Management is a 2003 American slapstick comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by David S. Dorfman, and starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, and Marisa Tomei . It was..

17.The Witches of Eastwick

Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 1987

Directed by: George Miller

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike’s novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, alongside..

16.Prizzi’s Honor

Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Huston

Prizzi’s Honor is a 1985 American film directed by John Huston. It stars Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, the director’s..

15.Carnal Knowledge

Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margret

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Carnal Knowledge is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Jules Feiffer. It stars Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret and Candice Bergen..

14.The Pledge

Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sean Penn

The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn,

13.The Last Detail

Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid

Released: 1973

Directed by: Hal Ashby

The Last Detail is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, with a screenplay adapted by Robert Towne from a 1970 novel of the same name by..

12.About Schmidt

Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alexander Payne

About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by..

11.The Bucket List

Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring..

10.Terms of Endearment

Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Released: 1983

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley..

9.Five Easy Pieces

Jack Nicholson, Karen Black

Released: 1970

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 American drama film written by Carole Eastman and Bob Rafelson, and directed by Rafelson. The film stars Jack Nicholson, with Karen Black, Susan Anspach..

 

Easy Rider

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1969

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists that sell cocaine..

7.Batman

Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major enemy..

6.A Few Good Men

Tom Cruise, Demi Moore

Released: 1992

Directed by: Rob Reiner

A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines..

5.The Departed

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

The Departed is a 2006 American crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, and a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Irish Mob boss Francis “Frank” Costello (Jack Nicholson)

4.As Good as It Gets

Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

Released: 1997

Directed by: James L. Brooks

As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist,..

3.Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired..

2.The Shining

Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley..

1.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman. A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental..

Biography of Jack

Born on April 22, 1937, in Neptune, New Jersey, Jack Nicholson is one of the most prominent American motion-picture actors of his generation. Nicholson’s career has contained some of the seminal film in Hollywood history, including Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and his role as Jack in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining has become iconic.

Early Life and Career

Jack Nicholson was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on April 22, 1937, and grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey, about 50 miles south of the city on the Jersey Shore. The people he believed to be his parents were named John and Ethel May Nicholson. John was a department store window dresser and Ethel May was a hairdresser as well as a talented oil painter. June Nicholson, whom he believed was his older sister, was an aspiring actress.

June died of cancer in 1963, when Jack Nicholson was 26 years old. More than a decade after her death, in 1974, a TIME magazine reporter researching a cover story on Nicholson discovered some shocking information: June was in fact Nicholson’s mother and John and Ethel May were his maternal grandparents. Since June was 17 years old, unmarried and uncertain of the father’s identity at the time of Nicholson’s birth, her parents agreed to treat Nicholson as their own child and never reveal to him his true parentage. One of June’s ex-boyfriends, Don Furcillo-Rose, has since claimed to be the father, but Nicholson decided not to have paternity testing performed. “I’d say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing,” Nicholson said about discovering his family’s secret. “After all, by the time I found out who my mother was, I was pretty well psychologically formed. As a matter of fact, it made quite a few things clearer to me. If anything, I felt grateful.”

Nicholson attended Manasquan High School. Although his grades were good enough to receive a partial scholarship offer, Nicholson was not interested in college. He recalled, “I wasn’t filled with a burning desire to make something of myself in those days. And since I was only 16, I figured I had plenty of time to go to college later& So I hung around Jersey for about a year. I made a little money at the racetrack, and I worked as a lifeguard at the beach one summer.”

In 1954, Nicholson moved out to Los Angeles, California, where June, whom he still believed was his older sister, had an apartment. There, he worked part-time in a toy store and also landed a job as a gopher for the animation department of MGM Studios. By this time, Nicholson had matured into a lean and attractive young man, prototypical of the leading men of Hollywood movies at that time. An MGM producer named Joe Pasternak noticed Nicholson’s good looks one day and landed him a spot in Jeff Corey’s famed acting classes, as well as an apprenticeship at The Players Ring theater.

Later Career and Retirement

Jack Nicholson is unquestionably one of the greatest actors of his generation. In addition to his sheer volume of iconic roles, Nicholson stands out for the incredible range of characters he has convincingly portrayed. Nicholson’s wide variety of characters have also made him one of his generation’s most mysterious actors, as audiences have attempted unavailingly to figure out which of the many divergent personalities they’ve seen him adopt comes closest to the true Nicholson. “I’m none of them and all of them,” he has said. “There’s a little bit of me, I suppose, in every part I play. As an actor you can’t help inserting yourself, especially if you love acting.”

In 2013, reports surfaced that Nicholson was retiring from acting at the age of 76. A source told Radar Onlne that the legendary actor “has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him.” There has been no official comment from Nicholson on the matter. His last film was the 2010 romantic comedy How Do You Know.

Personal Life

Nicholson married an actress named Sandra Knight in 1962, and they had a daughter, Jennifer, before divorcing in 1968. He later had a 20-year relationship with actress Anjelica Huston that ended when Nicholson had an affair with a beautiful model named Rebecca Broussard. Nicholson and Broussard never married but have since had two children together.

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