Jack Nicholson, born April 22, 1937, started his acting career in the low-budget crime film “Cry Baby Killer,” playing a teenager who believes he has committed murder. He is famous for his roles as comedic characters, romantic leads, anti-heroes, and villains in both starring and supporting roles. Nicholson is without a doubt one of the most gifted actors of his generation. In addition to his many classic roles, Nicholson is notable for the wide range of personalities he has convincingly portrayed. Today we’ll be celebrating this iconic talent right here.
John Joseph Nicholson
Mulholland man, Nick
April 22, 1937
Jack Nicholson is one of Hollywood’s most well-known performers of his generation. He was born in Neptune, New Jersey, on April 22, 1937. His zodiac sign is Taurus, and he claims to be of Irish descent. He mistook his parents, John and Ethel May Nicholson, for his biological parents. June Nicholson was an aspiring actress, whom he assumed was his older sister. Nicholson was 26 years old when she died of cancer in 1963. A “TIME” magazine reporter preparing a cover story on Nicholson discovered some shocking information in 1974, more than a decade after her death.
June was in fact Nicholson’s mother, and John and Ethel were his maternal grandparents. June’s parents agreed to treat Nicholson as their child and never reveal his true parentage to him because she was 17 years old at the time of his birth, unmarried, and unsure of the father’s identity. Don Furcillo-Rose, one of June’s ex-boyfriends, has since claimed to be the father, but Nicholson has refused to have paternity testing done. “I’d say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing,” Nicholson said after discovering his family’s secret.
Nicholson made his film debut in the 1958 crime thriller “Cry Baby Killer.” Throughout the 1960s, he continued to feature in primarily low-budget horror films. In the iconic road movie “Easy Rider,” he played an alcoholic Southern lawyer named George Hanson (1969). For his portrayal, he was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor,’ and he established a cult following. During the 1980s, Nicholson shifted away from the nuanced, understated roles that had earned him such recognition in favor of more outrageous comedic roles. Despite this, he delivered several outstanding performances throughout the decade.
His wide variety of characters has also made him one of his generation’s most enigmatic actors, with audiences unable to determine which of the many divergent personalities they’ve seen him embrace is the closest to the actual Nicholson. Nicholson announced his retirement from acting in 2013 at the age of 76. According to “Radar online,” the legendary actor “has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines required of him.” Nicholson has yet to make an official statement on the situation. His most recent role was in the 2010 romantic comedy “How Do You Know.”
In 1962, Nicholson married actress Sandra Knight. The couple had a daughter, Jennifer, before divorcing in 1968. Later, he had a 20-year relationship with actress Anjelica Huston, which ended when Nicholson had an affair with Rebecca Broussard, a stunning model. Although Nicholson and Broussard never married, they have two children together.
He appears in the crime thriller movie “Cry Baby Killer” for the first time as an actor.
Nicholson is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in “Easy Rider.”
Nicholson wins Best Actor in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
He is inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2008 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010.
Nicholson receives an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Brown University at its 243rd commencement.
Why We Love Jack Nicholson
He loves art
He has a collection worth more than $100 million, including Warhol, Matisse, and Picasso. Apparently, he has a Picasso hanging in his toilet at home.
He is smart
When he played the Joker, he negotiated a deal that meant he would not only earn based on the profits of that film but from every consequent sequel. As he was just in one film, he was able to earn money from two more without having to do anything.
He is caring
Nicholson regularly visits cancer patients at an L.A hospital. His caring nature makes us love him even more.
5 Surprising Facts
He is a ladies’ man
Nicholson dated some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and even once flirted openly with Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Oscars.
He walked around naked for months
Various eyewitnesses have confirmed that he walked around naked in his Mulholland drive house even with strangers around.
He was in detention for one year
He was always a renegade from a young age and created a record by being in detention every day for a whole year in school.
He demolished Marlon Brando’s house
Nicholson was always close friends with Marlon Brando, and after the late actor passed away, Nicholson paid him the ultimate tribute by demolishing his house.
He is childhood friends with Danny DeVito
Nicholson grew up alongside actor Danny DeVito.
Jack Nicholson FAQs
How old is Jack Nicholson’s youngest child?
His youngest is 23 years old.
Does Jack Nicholson still go to Laker games?
Yes, he still goes to Laker games.
Will Jack Nicholson ever act again?
His last movie was in 2010 so he most likely never will.
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