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Jack Nicholson

Actor, Writer, Director Date of birth 22nd April 1937
Place of birth Neptune, New Jersey, USA
Year of debut 1958
First feature film The Cry Baby Killer

Awards

  • Academy Awards won3
  • Academy Awards nominated12
  • BAFTA Awards won4
  • BAFTA Awards nominated8
  • Golden Globe Awards won4
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated17
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Biography

Jack Nicholson grew up in New Jersey. He believed his grandmother, Ethel May Rhoads, was his mother and his birth mother June was his sister. He was voted the class clown at high school. After graduating, he moved to Hollywood. His performances in Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces started his movie career. He has starred in a range of movies from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest to As Good As It Gets.

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Did you know?

  • Jack Nicholson discovered who his birth mother was when a Time magazine journalist was researching his background.
  • He was romantically involved with Anjelica Huston from 1973 to 1989. They split up after he fathered a child with Rebecca Broussard.
  • When he first arrived in Hollywood, he worked as an office assistant in the MGM cartoon department.
  • He has been friends with Danny DeVito since childhood. Their relatives ran a hair salon together.
  • He loves art. His grandmother Ethel May was a hairdresser and an artist. His art collection includes work by Ethel May and Pablo Picasso.

Awards

  • 3 Academy Awards won

    • 1997 Actor in a Leading Role - As Good As It Gets
    • 1983 Actor in a Supporting Role - Terms Of Endearment
    • 1975 Actor - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  • 12 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2002 Actor in a Leading Role - About Schmidt
    • 1997 Actor in a Leading Role - As Good As It Gets
    • 1992 Actor in a Supporting Role - A Few Good Men
    • 1987 Actor in a Leading Role - Ironweed
    • 1985 Actor in a Leading Role - Prizzi's Honor
    • 1983 Actor in a Supporting Role - Terms Of Endearment
    • 1981 Actor in a Supporting Role - Reds
    • 1975 Actor - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • 1974 Actor - Chinatown
    • 1973 Actor - The Last Detail
    • 1970 Actor - Five Easy Pieces
    • 1969 Actor in a Supporting Role - Easy Rider
  • 4 BAFTA Awards won

    • 1982 Supporting Actor - Reds
    • 1976 Actor - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • 1974 Actor - Chinatown
    • 1974 Actor - The Last Detail
  • 8 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2006 Actor in a Supporting Role - The Departed
    • 2002 Actor in a Leading Role - About Schmidt
    • 1989 Actor in a Supporting Role - Batman
    • 1982 Supporting Actor - Reds
    • 1976 Actor - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • 1974 Actor - Chinatown
    • 1974 Actor - The Last Detail
    • 1969 Supporting Actor - Easy Rider
  • 4 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 2003 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - About Schmidt
    • 1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - As Good As It Gets
    • 1976 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • 1975 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Chinatown
  • 17 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2007 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - The Departed
    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Something's Gotta Give
    • 2003 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - About Schmidt
    • 1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - As Good As It Gets
    • 1993 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Hoffa
    • 1993 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - A Few Good Men
    • 1990 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Batman
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Ironweed
    • 1986 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Prizzi's Honour
    • 1984 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Terms Of Endearment
    • 1982 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Reds
    • 1976 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • 1975 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Chinatown
    • 1974 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - The Last Detail
    • 1972 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Carnal Knowledge
    • 1971 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Five Easy Pieces
    • 1970 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Easy Rider