April 22, 1937
John Joseph Nicholson
Jack started out as an office boy at MGM's cartoon department and soon began performing on the stage and in soap opera's.
About 1957 he met B-film king Roger Corman , who offered him the leading role in his low-budget film The Cry Baby Killer (1958).
Nicholson spent the next decade playing major roles in B-films but in 1969 his life changed playing a boozy Southern lawyer in a biker film, Easy rider. Nicholson's newfound stardom was secured with his leading role in Five Easy Pieces (1970) and Chinatown (1970).
Nicholson took home Oscar gold in 1975 for his portrayal of mental patient Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
He directed and starred in an revisionist western, Goin' South (1978). Critics were divided over The Shining (1980), in which Jack went crazy for nearly two hours.
In 1989, a wicked Nicholson appeared as The Joker in the blockbuster hit Batman.
By the 1990s, Nicholson was regarded as a screen icon and his notable roles included a colonel in A Few Good Men (1992); the title role in Hoffa (1992); a werewolf in Wolf (1994); and an obsessive-compulsive writer in As Good As It Gets (1997).
In the new millennium Jack became more cautious when choosing his roles. He had success with Anger Management (2003), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Departed (2006), his first cooperation with Martin Scorsese.
- One flew over the cuckoo's nest (1975)
- Chinatown (1974)
- The shining (1980)
- As good as it gets (1997)
- A few good men (1992)
- Terms of Endearment (1983)
2003 Nominated Best Actor for: About Schmidt (2002)
1998 Won Best Actor for: As Good as It Gets (1997)
1993 Nominated Best Actor for: A Few Good Men (1992)
1988 Nominated Best Actor for: Ironweed (1987)
1986 Nominated Best Actor for: Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1984 Won Best Actor for: Terms of Endearment (1983)
1982 Nominated Best Actor for: Reds (1981)
1976 Won Best Actor for: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
1975 Nominated Best Actor for: Chinatown (1974)
1974 Nominated Best Actor for: The Last Detail (1973)
1971 Nominated Best Actor for: Five Easy Pieces (1970)
1970 Nominated Best Actor for: Easy Rider (1969)
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