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Jack Nicholson

FULL NAME John Joseph Nicholson
BORN 22 April 1937, Neptune City, New Jersey, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor (director, producer, screenwriter)
NATIONALITY American
HEIGHT 174 cm
REVIEWED ENTRIES 19
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 4.32
STRENGTHS
  • Intense eyes and diabolic smile
  • Aloof sexyness

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1969 Easy Rider George Hanson

1970 Five Easy Pieces Robert Eroica Dupea

1974 Chinatown J. J. Gittes

1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest R. P. McMurphy

1976 The Missouri Breaks Tom Logan

1980 The Shining Jack Torrance

1981 Reds Eugene O'Neill

1983 Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove

1986 Heartburn Mark Forman

1987 Broadcast News Bill Rorich

1987 Ironweed Francis Phelan

1992 A Few Good Men Col. Nathan R. Jessep

1994 Wolf Will Randall  
1995 The Crossing Guard Freddy Gale

1996 Mars Attacks! President Dale/Art Land

1997 As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall

2002 About Schmidt Warren Schmidt

2003 Something's Gotta Give Harry Sandborn

2006 The Departed Frank Costello

2007 The Bucket List Edward Cole

 

PORTRAIT

Jack Nicholson, one of the most characteristic film stars of the modern era, has managed to combine being a fan-favourite and a critics' darling for over forty years. After being a struggling actor, often appearing in more or less unsuccesful Roger Corman films during the 1950s and 1960s, Nicholson broke through in unconventional fashion through the surprise hit Easy Rider in 1969. Even though the film was Dennis Hopper's and Peter Fonda's baby, it was Nicholson who gained star-status, a status he consolidated over the next few years in films such as Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail and, in 1974, Chinatown all of which garnered him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. The following year he finally won his Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Nicholson was now one of Hollywood's hottest box-office stars. As popular as Burt Reynolds was with the public, Nicholson was with both the public and the critics. And unlike Reynolds, Nicholson maintained his status all through the 1980s as well, partly because he was able to accept new types of roles and excel in them all. With his sly, diabolical smile and arrogant demeanor, Nicholson was able to play everything from small character roles to romantic leads well into his 50s, despite never being beautiful in the classical sense, and certainly not in his later years as a balding, fattening middle-ager. Lives on Mulholland Drive in Santa Monica, on the same street as Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando (up until his death).

 

TRIVIA

  • Is rumoured to have dated many of the same women as Warren Beatty, most notably Michelle Phillips who went from being in a relationship with Nicholson to a long-term relationship with Beatty.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1970

 

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Easy Rider

1971

Nominated for Best Actor for Five Easy Pieces

1974

Nominated for Best Actor for The Last Detail

1975

Nominated for Best Actor for Chinatown

1976

Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

1982

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Reds

1984

Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment

1986

  Nominated for Best Actor for Prizzi's Honor

1988

Nominated for Best Actor for Ironweed

1993

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for A Few Good Men

1998

Best Actor for As Good as It Gets

2003

Nominated for Best Actor for About Schmidt

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

Easy Rider (1969)

"(...) the real treat here is Jack Nicholson who easily steals every scene he's in" - Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

"Jack Nicholson is seething with energy, and the interplay between him and a chillingly authentic Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched elevates the drama to thriller-level suspense." - Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

The Shining (1980)

"Nicholson delves into his character with frightening conviction" - Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

A Few Good Men (1992)

Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise): "I want the truth!"
Col. Jessep (Nicholson): "You can't handle the truth!"