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.
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?”
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Accuses Jared Leto Of Ripping Off Brandon Lee And Urges Fans Not To See 'Suicide Squad'
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
Continue reading: The Hotel That Inspired 'The Shining' To Become World's First Horror Museum
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.”
Continue reading: Jack Nicholson Opens Up About His Love Life And Reputation As 'Jack The Jumper'
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.
Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
Continue reading: "You Talkin' To Me?": Our Ten Favorite Unscripted Movie Moments
Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson - Celebrities at the Lakers game.The Houston Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by the score of 134-108 at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 19th February 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.
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Anjelica Huston's new book is likely to be one of the most interesting memoirs of the year.
The revered actress Anjelica Huston has detailed how she slashed her wrists in desperation after spending days arguing with her then lover, the photographer Bob Richardson.
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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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."
Continue reading: Stephen King Will Follow-Up 'The Shining' Story In New Book, 'Doctor Sleep'
Screen icon Jack Nicholson will no longer be acting as he struggles to remember his lines in his old age, sources say
Jack Nicholson will no longer be appearing on the big screen as the movie legend is set to retire from acting for good, a report from Radar Online has revealed. With more that half a century worth of work the triple Oscar winner has quietly retreated from the movie industry for good, due mostly to his failing memory and certain health concerns related to his old age.
Jack has quietly walked away from the movie industry to enjoy his retirement
Having shied away from any roles since 2010's How Do You Know, it has been revealed that his retreat from acting is down to his decision to call time on his profession and enjoy his retirement. A Hollywood insider told Radar, “Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” adding, "There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
Continue reading: Jack Nicholson To Retire From Acting Due To Memory Loss
Karen Black will be sadly missed in Hollywood.
Karen Black, the Illinois-born actress who appeared in more than 100 movies including the classic 1969 road movie Easy Rider, has died at a Los Angeles clinic aged 74 following a battle with cancer, reports BBC News.
Black, who almost always played troubled characters, earned an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for her hugely accomplished performance as a waitress who dates an upper class dropout (Jack Nicholson) in Five Easy Pieces. However, despite her impressive filmography, the actress was forced to turn to the public for help with treatment for her ampullary cancer.
An online funding appeal was set up by her husband Stephen Eckelberry in the hope of raising $60,000 for Karen to travel to Europe for treatment as part of a clinical study.
Continue reading: How 'Easy Rider' Karen Black Turned To The Public For Healthcare
The horror stories of Jack Nicholson fans.
Several celebrities have been coming in with reports that Jack Nicholson, the man we all know and love from his numerous screen roles, might not be so lovable after all. One woman to feel the wrath of Nicholson was TV presenter and overall triple threat Maria Menounos, when she reportedly got on the wrong side of one of his “moments” during an LA Lakers Game at Staples Center.
“I get booted!" she revealed on Conan. "These guys come and pull us out of courtside. I’m like, ‘What is going on?’ ... I’m like hiding out of this hallway, and all of a sudden Jack Nicholson comes out of the bathroom, and he’s like, 'Hee hee hee.'"
"He got me kicked out! I heard later he called [LA Lakers owner] Jerry Buss and he had me removed!”
Continue reading: Suprisingly, Jack Nicholson Isn't Always Warm And Cuddly With His Fans
Jack Nicholson Thursday 24th January 2008 Pandemonium ensues as Jack Nicholson arrives back at Claridge's at 1am. Around 20 autograph hunters burst into the hotel, and follow him through the corridors, as he signs photos for them! Then outside a scuffle between two autograph hunters end with on of them being pushed into a chaffeur car. The driver then gets out, and after pointing to the dent that was made in the car, punches the boy in the face, giving him a bleeding nose, then drives away! London, England
Jack Nicholson Wednesday 23rd January 2008 Jack Nicholson lighting a cigarette outside Annabel's London, England
Date of birth
22nd April, 1937
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