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Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson.0920.jpg
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1958 - present
Spouse(s) Sandra Knight
(m. 1962-1968, divorced)
Children Jennifer Nicholson Norfleet
Caleb Goddard Anspach
Honey Hollman?
Lorraine Nicholson
Ray Nicholson
Parent(s) June Nicholson (deceased)

John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson (born April 22, 1937, Neptune, New Jersey[1]) is an American actor, movie director, producer and writer. He started out as a writer and part-time actor. He became a star in 1969 when he had a small part in the movie Easy Rider. He has won three Oscars, for As Good as it Gets, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Terms of Endearment. He is one of the most notable fans of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nicholson is one of only two actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s; the other is Michael Caine. He has won seven Golden Globe Awards. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2001.

Family and relationships

Nicholson has been romantically linked to many actresses and models, including Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, and Lara Flynn Boyle. Nicholson's longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston from 1973 to 1989. The relationship ended when the media reported Rebecca Broussard was pregnant with Nicholson's child. Nicholson and Broussard had two children together, Lorraine (born 1990) and Raymond Nicholson (born 1992). Nicholson's other children are Jennifer (born 1963 with Sandra Knight) and Honey Hollman (b. 1981 with Winnie Hollman). Actress Susan Anspach says that her son, Caleb Goddard (born 1970), was fathered by Nicholson. He is not sure that he is the father.[2][3]

Nicholson has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since early 2010.[4]


Nicholson as Wilbur Force in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Jack Nicholson at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
List of movie credits
Year Title Role Notes
1958 Cry Baby Killer, TheThe Cry Baby Killer Jimmy Wallace
1960 Too Soon to Love Buddy
1960 Wild Ride, TheThe Wild Ride Johnny Varron
1960 Little Shop of Horrors, TheThe Little Shop of Horrors Wilbur Force
1960 Studs Lonigan Weary Reilly
1962 Broken Land, TheThe Broken Land Will Brocious
1963 Raven, TheThe Raven Rexford Bedlo
1963 Terror, TheThe Terror Andre Duvalier Also (Uncredited) Director
1964 Flight to Fury Jay Wickham Also Writer
1964 Back Door to Hell Burnett
1964 Ensign Pulver Dolan
1965 Ride in the Whirlwind Wes Also Producer, Television Film
1966 Shooting, TheThe Shooting Billy Spear Also Producer, Television Film
1967 St. Valentine's Day Massacre, TheThe St. Valentine's Day Massacre Gino, Hit Man Uncredited
1967 Hells Angels on Wheels Poet
1967 The Trip Writer
1968 Psych-Out Stoney
1968 Head Himself Also Producer/Writer
1969 Easy Rider George Hanson
1970 On A Clear Day You Can See Forever Tad Pringle
1970 Rebel Rousers, TheThe Rebel Rousers Bunny
1970 Five Easy Pieces Robert Eroica Dupea
1971 Carnal Knowledge Jonathan Fuerst Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1971 Safe Place, AA Safe Place Mitch
1971 Drive, He Said Also Producer/Writer/Director—Nominated for Palme d'Or
1972 King of Marvin Gardens, TheThe King of Marvin Gardens David Staebler
1973 Last Detail, TheThe Last Detail Billy "Bad Ass" Buddusky
1974 Chinatown J.J. 'Jake' Gittes
1975 Passenger, TheThe Passenger David Locke
1975 Fortune, TheThe Fortune Oscar Sullivan aka Oscar Dix
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle McMurphy
1975 Tommy The Specialist
1976 Missouri Breaks, TheThe Missouri Breaks Tom Logan
1976 Last Tycoon, TheThe Last Tycoon Brimmer
1978 Goin' South Henry Lloyd Moon Also Director
1980 Shining, TheThe Shining Jack Torrance
1981 Postman Always Rings Twice, TheThe Postman Always Rings Twice Frank Chambers
1981 Ragtime Pirate at beach Uncredited
1981 Reds Eugene O'Neill
1982 Border, TheThe Border Charlie Smith
1983 Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove
1984 Terror in the Aisles Archival Footage Only
1985 Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna
1986 Heartburn Mark Forman
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne
1987 Broadcast News Bill Rorich New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor also for Ironweed and The Witches of Eastwick
1987 Ironweed Francis Phelan
1989 Batman Jack Napier / The Joker
1990 The Two Jakes J.J. 'Jake' Gittes Also (Uncredited) Producer/Director
1992 Man Trouble Eugene Earl Axline, aka Harry Bliss Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1992 Few Good Men, AA Few Good Men Col. Nathan R. Jessep
1992 Hoffa James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actor
1994 Wolf Will Randall Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1995 Crossing Guard, TheThe Crossing Guard Freddy Gale
1996 Blood and Wine Alex Gates
1996 Evening Star, TheThe Evening Star Garrett Breedlove
1996 Mars Attacks! President James Dale / Art Land Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1997 As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall
2001 Pledge, TheThe Pledge Jerry Black
2002 About Schmidt Warren R. Schmidt
2003 Anger Management Dr. Buddy Rydell Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
2003 Something's Gotta Give Harry Sanborn Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2006 Departed, TheThe Departed Francis 'Frank' Costello
2007 Bucket List, TheThe Bucket List Edward Cole
2010 How Do You Know Charles Madison
Additionally, in 1999, Nicholson was presented with the Golden Globe's Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award.


  1. McDougal, Dennis (October 2007). Five Easy Decades: How Jack Nicholson Became the Biggest Movie Star in Modern Times. Wiley. p. 7. ISBN 0-471-72246-4 .
  2. Von Strunckel, Shelley (June 23, 2006). "What the Stars say about them — Jack Nicholson and Susan Anspach". The Sunday Times (UK): p. 36.
  4. "EXCLUSIVE: FADING JACK NICHOLSON FACING THE END". National Retrieved December 8, 2014.

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