Jack Nicholson (born John Joseph Nicholson, 22.4.1937) Jack Nicholson is a highly revered American actor, well known for his work in the 1970s, in films such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining.
Childhood: Jack Nicholson was born in Manhattan, New York City and raised in New Jersey by his grandparents, who he believed were actually his parents. His mother, June Frances
Nicholson, was a showgirl known as June Nilson. June had married Jack's father, Donald Furcillo six months before his birth, in Elkton, a town renowned for 'quickie' marriages. It later transpired, however, that Furcillo was already married. Although Furcillo offered to care for the child, Jack's grandmother, Ethel insisted on raising the child. It has been suggested in Jack's Life, a biography by Patrick McGilligan, that Donald Furcillo may not actually have been Jack's true father and that June was, in fact, unsure of the child's paternity. Nicholson was made aware that the couple who raised him were in fact his grandparents in 1974, by a journalist for Time magazine.
In 1954, Jack Nicholson was voted 'class clown' at Manasquan High School.
Acting Career: Jack Nicholson initially worked for the animation duo Hanna-Barbera. He was offered work as an animation artist, but declined and instead pursued his desire to act.
Jack Nicholson's movie debut came with a role in the low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer. The film's director, Roger Corman went on to direct Nicholson in a number of films, including The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven, The Terror and The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Corman also directed The Trip, which starred Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and was Nicholson's first successful attempt at screenwriting. This led to Nicholson's role in Easy Rider, which also starred Fonda and Hopper. Nicholson's role as George Hanson earned him his first Oscar nomination.
In 1970, Nicholson landed another Oscar nomination for his role in Five Easy Pieces. That same year, he appeared in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, although a great deal of his appearance was cut out before the film premiered.
Nicholson continued the 1970s with a string of successful film appearances, including Chinatown, by Roman Polanski, The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni and The Who's rock opera, Tommy. In 1975, Jack Nicholson won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as Randle P. Murphy in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, an adaptation of the novel by Ken Kesey.
At the start of the 1980s, Jack Nicholson starred in The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the Stephen King novel by the same name. It remains one of Nicholson's most iconic performances.
Jack Nicholson went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in 1983's Terms of Endearment. He followed this film with a string of sturdy performances in films such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Witches of Eastwick. Three more Academy Award nominations were to come in the 1980s, for his roles in Reds, Prizzi's Honor and Ironweed.
In 1989, Jack Nicholson played The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman. Nicholson himself reportedly earned around $60 million for his part in the film.
The 1990s saw Nicholson playing Col. Nathan R. Jessep in A Few Good Men, alongside Tom Cruise and he earned himself one more Oscar nomination. His next nomination came in 1997 with his role opposite Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets.
At the turn of the century, Nicholson appeared in About Schmidt, along with Kathy Bates and Hope Davis. He gained another Best Actor nomination for his performance. In 2003, he starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy Anger Management, as well as his role in Something's Gotta Give, opposite Diane Keaton.
In 2006, Jack Nicholson was one of a reputable cast to feature in Martin Scorcese's The Departed. Amongst the cast members were Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. The following year, The Bucket List was released, in which Jack Nicholson co-starred with Morgan Freeman.
Personal Life: Jack Nicholson has fathered six children to five separate women and has been romantically linked in the press to public figures such as Lara Flynn Boyle, Anjelica Houston and Bebe Buell.
Nicholson played the role in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ in 1989.
The Joker, Batman’s notorious foe, is one of the most iconic villains in cinema history, but they’ll always be debate over whose portrayal is the best. Some prefer Heath Ledger’s twisted take from the Dark Knight, while others opt for Jack Nicholson's more cartoonish version.
But for Zach Galifianakis, who voiced the villain in The Lego Batman Movie, no one can beat Nicholson’s portrayal in 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton. For the actor, it was Nicholson’s non sequiturs that made his performance the best Galifianakis has ever seen.
Zach Galifianakis thinks Jack Nicholson’s Joker from 1989’s Batman was the best
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He is set to star alongside Kristen Wiig.
Clearly retirement isn't for everyone. As much as Jack Nicholson didn't ever confirm that he had ended his acting career, it was assumed that he had indeed retired having not appeared in a movie since 2010. However, he is making a triumphant return to the big screen with Hollywood remake of 'Toni Erdmann'.
Jack Nicholson comes out of retirement for Hollywood's 'Toni Erdmann'
Paramount Pictures have announced that an English remake of the Oscar nominated comedy is on the way, with Jack Nicholson in the lead role opposite Kristen Wiig. A director hasn't been announced yet, but producers will include Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum, as well as the original's Maren Ade as executive producer.
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Jack Nicholson and his son Raymond Nicholson with various other celebrities spotted at the Lakers game. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors by the final score of 117-97 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 4th November 2016
Various celebrities including Jack Nicholson seen at the Lakers home opener. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets by the final score of 120-114 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday October 26,2016
In a bizarre Instagram post, the actress said Leto based his whole career on ‘The Crow’.
Lindsay Lohan took aim at Jared Leto on Instagram earlier this week, by posting then deleting a collage of the actors who have played The Joker alongside Brandon Lee, and accusing the Suicide Squad star of basing his whole career on The Crow.
Lindsay Lohan thinks Jared Leto based his whole career on Brandon Lee’sThe Crow.
The collage featured Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman, as well as the late Brandon Lee in The Crow. According to Perez Hilton, the actress captioned the post: “Who wore it better? Who based his whole music and film career on the film, The Crow?”
The Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to create 'The Overlook Hotel' in the horror classic is planning a $24 million development.
The owners of the iconic Stanley Hotel in Colorado – better known as The Overlook Hotel in the classic horror novel 'The Shining' – are planning to open the world’s first horror-themed museum inside the building, according to a new report.
Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval, based on Stephen King's book, was inspired by the vast hotel. Though the interior of the hotel you see in the movie itself was constructed in Elstree Studios in Britain, and the exterior shots are of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado was the inspiration that King used for his 1977 novel.
Stephen King's novel was inspired by a stay at the Stanley Hotel
The former Oscar winner now leads as much quieter life, largely away from Hollywood.
He’s romanced some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, but at 77 the legendary Jack Nicholson has said he fears dying alone and wants ‘one last romance’.
Jack's looking for one last romance
In a interview with Closer, the semi retired actor said, “I would love that one last romance but I'm not very realistic about it happening. What I can't deny is my yearning.”
From DeNiro's "you talking to me" to Pesci asking "why am I funny", sometimes movie scenes are best left unscripted.
Sometimes the best moments in life are those which are unplanned or unexpected and it seems this is also true in the movies. As it happens some of favorite movie scenes didn't exactly turn out as they were scripted, instead the actors had a moment of inspiration on set leading to some memorable movie magic. Here’s 10 of our favourite unscripted and improvised screen moments.
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Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern - Tuesday January 28, 2014; Celebs out at the Lakers game. Indiana Pacers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the final score of 104-92 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 29th January 2014
Watch the 'American Hustle' actress lose it after an interviewer drops the mother of all 'Homeland' spoilers.
Jennifer Lawrence may be one of the nicest actresses in Hollywood but just watch what happens when you ruin the shocking ending of her favourite television programme. Whilst being interviewed on the SAG Awards red carpet, the Oscar-winning actress spotted her favourite Homeland cast member, Damian Lewis, who was being interviewed not far away.
Can Jennifer Lawrence Ever Recover From Learning The Mother Of All 'Homeland' Spoilers?
After having one of her characteristic Jack Nicholson-star struck episodes, Lawrence soon attracted the attention of Lewis, who plays the CIA drama's Nicholas Brody alongside Claire Danes. He moved over and gave the blushing actress a big hug. "Your show is amazing," she gushed, adding "my ears are so red, aren't they?" in embarrassment. "Not as red as my hair," the ginger-haired English actor joked in response.
Anjelica Huston's new book is likely to be one of the most interesting memoirs of the year.
In the first instalment of her two-part memoirs, The Addams Family star speaks of her troubled romance with the much older Richardson - the father of fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
Huston began dating the snapper when she was 18 and he was 42 and Richardson struggled with mental health issues and would spend days in deep depression. In the new book, Huston confesses that during one four-day depression, she cut her own wrists in a bid to gain attention.
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Because apparently Stanley Kubrick didn't make "just a film."
Fans of Stephen King will be excited to learn that he has finally penned a follow-up to his 1977 horror novel, The Shining. Entitled Doctor Sleep, the new book will return to the characters of The Shining and will focus on Dan Torrance, now a middle-aged man.
King, The Master Of Horror Fiction, Is Releasing A New Book.
Fleeing his father's legacy, Dan eventually settles into working in a nursing home, providing comfort to the patients with his mental abilities. Dan becomes "Doctor Sleep" with the aid of a cat who can foresee the future, and he must save a 12 year-old girl from an evil travelling cult.
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In his latest novel, Stephen King has decided to return to one of his most famous titles to date, 'The Shining,' to revisit Danny Torrence childhood to adult life
Stephen King has a new book coming out, but with his latest release the literary champion has promised something a little extra as he revisits one of his most famous works: The Shining. His new book, Doctor Sleep, will pick up one year after the faithful events that took place in the Overlook Hotel, and follows central character Danny Torrence in the years leading up to and entering manhood.
Ahead of the release of his newest novel, King spoke with the BBC's Will Gompertz about why he chose to revisit the Torrence family, and why it took so long for him to return to the story (The Shining was first published in 1977). He also went on to explain how he found Jack Torrence, who is played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's timeless adaptation of the book, is one of his most auto-biographical characters, although admitted he does feel a connection with Danny.
"I was curious about what would happen to him, because he's a real child of a dysfunctional family," King said in the interview. "In some ways I think his father, Jack Torrence was the most autobiographical character i'd done, because at the time I wrote the book, I was drinking a lot... I saw him as this heroic character that was battling his demons on his own, the way that strong American men are supposed to."
Date of birth
22nd April, 1937
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