Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson


4/22/1937, Neptune, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

John Joseph Nicholson


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Born John Joseph Nicholson, on April 22.1937, in Neptune, New Jersey. After graduating from high school in New Jersey at age 17, Nicholson moved to Los Angeles, where he got a job as an office boy at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) film studio. He made his film debut in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jack Nicholson is also the father of a son Caleb (born 1970) with Susan Anspach and a daughter Honey (born 1981) with model Winnie Hollman.

    • In January 2007, Jack, aged 69, was voted the world's sexiest older man. The poll was to find the sexiest male stars who have passed 50-years-old.

    • Jack apologised to Nicole Kidman after he tried to chat her up at an awards night - in front of fiancé [now husband], Keith Urban.

    • A prostitute, using only the name of Olivia, has released a tell-all book, claiming Jack paid two call girls each $1300 to perform sex acts on him at a booze and cocaine fuelled party at his house.

    • Jack lives on the infamous "Bad Boy Drive" a.k.a. Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, California. It's nicknamed so because its residents have included former Hollywood bad boys Warren Beatty, and the Godfather himself Marlon Brando.

    • Jack dated actress Lara Flynn Boyle for two years.

    • He turned down the role of 'Gordon Gekko' in the 1987 movie Wall Street.

    • His performance as 'Randle Patrick McMurphy' in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) is ranked #14 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

    • He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute (1994).

    • He has been nominated for a Razzie Award as Worst Actor twice in the same year,for his performances in Man Trouble (1992) and Hoffa (1992).

    • He is ranked #12 on the 2006 Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time List for his performance as Billy "Badass Ass" Buddusky in "The Last Detail" (1973).

    • He was voted "Class Clown" by the Class of 1954 at Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey.

    • Jack loves jokes at his own expense so much that he showed up at every Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, who in a way did that.

    • He is ranked #82 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time list for his performance as 'Jack Torrance' in "The Shining" (1980).

    • In 2004, he attended his 50th high school reunion at Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey. His classmates were surprised and delighted that he attended.

    • Bob Kane, creator of Batman, personally recommended Jack for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989).

    • For his role as 'The Joker' in Batman (1989), Jack earned a whopping 60,000,000 dollars in total earnings.

    • Jack was ranked #37 on Premiere Magazine's '100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time' list for his performance as 'J.J.' Gittes in "China Town" (1974).

    • Jack is one of the rare actors who've won both a Best Supporting Actor Oscar after winning a Best Actor Oscar.

    • Jack attended Chris Penn's funeral.

    • Jack is well known for his shark grin and his sunglasses.

    • Jack flew to Cuba and met with Fidel Castro in June 1998. While there, he also met with leaders of the Cuban film industry, enjoyed local restaurants, jazz clubs and visited a famous cigar factory. He left greatly impressed with the country and its Communist dictator, who he described as "a genius", though the luxuries he was treated to on the island are off-limits to most Cuban citizens.

    • As she was a teenage mother, Jack's mom decided that Jack would grow up with her being his older sister and her mother being their mother. A reporter unearthed the truth many years later.

    • One of Jack Nicholson's favorite expressions is: "My motto is: more good times."

    • Jack is the most nominated actor in the Academy Awards.

    • Jack is of Irish and Italian heritage.

    • Jack never does televised interviews.

    • Jack Nicholson is an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan. He never misses a Lakers home game. Because of this, producers on his films must work the shooting schedule around the Lakers' schedule.

    • In 1994, in an apparent bout of rage, Jack smashed a man's car window in with a golf club. The incident puzzled most people. Jack later filmed the movie Anger Management where he played an anger therapist.

    • At one time, Jack was a messenger boy for MGM's cartoon department.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: I like to date a nice range of women each year, but I only use Viagra when I am with more than one.

    • Jack: (expressing his displeasure that Heath Ledger would play The Joker in the new "Batman" movie) They never asked me about a sequel with the Joker. I know how to do that! To be candid, I'm furious.

    • jack: Well, a younger woman is a type, but not necessarily a type for me. And what is a younger woman? I mean, I'm pretty old. Almost everyone is younger.

    • Jack (admitting his wildest days are now well and truly behind him): Let's just say I'm getting older… To be honest, I need the sleep.

    • Jack (after trying to chat up Nicole Kidman in front of Keith Urban): I didn't know Nicole was engaged, or that she was standing with her fiancé [now husband].

    • Matt Damon (on working with Jack Nicholson): I have a lot of funny stories, but I like this one. Marty [Martin Scorsese, director] called me up and said, 'Jack had some ideas for your scene tomorrow. He's going to wear a dildo'. So I thought, 'Uh, okay'. I thought he was joking, but he actually did! I was impressed at how obscene he was willing to be. With Jack, you expect the unexpected.

    • Jack Nicholson: In terms of age, you could say that, over the last year, I've probable covered the territory from 21 to 61.

    • Jack Nicholson: The average celebrity meets, in one year, ten times the amount of people that the average person meets in his entire life.

    • Jack Nicholson: You only lie to two people in your life, your girlfriend and the police.

    • Jack Nicholson: "A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear.

    • Jack Nicholson: The average celebrity meets, in one year, ten times the amount of people that the average person meets in his entire life.

    • Jack Nicholson: If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain't, take two.

    • Jack Nicholson: "When I come up against a director who has a concept that I don't agree with, or maybe I just haven't thought of it or whatever, I'd be more prone to go with them than my own because I want to be out of control as an actor, I want them to have the control,otherwise it's going to become predictably my work, and that's not fun."

    • Jack Nicholson: People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch.

    • Jack Nicholson: Now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of the burden of your failed and useless lives. But remember, as my plastic surgeon always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile.

    • Jack Nicholson: I don't want people to know what I'm actually like. It's not good for an actor.

    • Jack Nicholson: Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world.

  • The epitome of the charming rogue.

    Everybody loves Jack Nicholson! And why not? He is the epitome of the charming rogue. Women want him, men want to be him.

    His success is really astonishing since he's not an obviously attractive, Hollywood handsome type of guy. Short, balding, and with a giant head. But his eyes convey a sense of danger and playful, pranking wit that is extremely charismatic.

    His list of roles is massive. From Chinatown to Batman to last year's Bucket List.

    The only possible critique is that he plays the same character in every movie. But the world loves that character. We want to see the devilish Jack, and he keeps giving it to us. The man is an institution.moreless
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    Jack nicholson is one of the best actors of hollywood. This is sure. Just look at his movies: One flew over the coco's nest, Shining, Batman, and more. He's fantastic, he can make bad movies much better.