John Joseph Nicholson
(born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker whose career has spanned more than 60 years. He is known for having played a wide range of starring and supporting roles, including comic characters, romantic leads, anti-heroes and villains. In many of his films, he played the "eternal outsider
, the sardonic drifter
", someone who rebels against the social structure.
Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey
the son of a showgirl
, June Frances Nicholson (stage name June Nilson; 1918–1963).
Nicholson's mother was of Irish, English, German, and Welsh descent. She married Italian-American showman Donald Furcillo (stage name Donald Rose) in 1936, before realizing that he was already married.:8
Biographer Patrick McGilligan stated in his book Jack's Life
that Latvian-born Eddie King (originally Edgar A. Kirschfeld),
June's manager, may have been Nicholson's biological father, rather than Furcillo. Other sources suggest June Nicholson was unsure of the father's identity.
As June was only seventeen years old and unmarried, her parents[note 1]
agreed to raise Nicholson as their own child without revealing his true parentage, and June would act as his sister.
In 1974, Time
magazine researchers learned, and informed Nicholson, that his "sister", June, was actually his mother, and his other "sister", Lorraine, was really his aunt.
By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively). On finding out, Nicholson said it was "a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn't what I'd call traumatizing ... I was pretty well psychologically formed".
Nicholson grew up in Neptune City.:7
He was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic
Before starting high school, his family moved to an apartment in Spring Lake, New Jersey
"When Jack was ready for high school, the family moved once more—this time two miles farther south to old-money Spring Lake, New Jersey's so-called Irish Riviera, where Ethel May set up her beauty parlor in a rambling duplex at 505 Mercer Avenue."
"Nick", as he was known to his high school friends, attended nearby Manasquan High School
, where he was voted "Class Clown" by the Class of 1954. He was in detention every day for a whole school year.
A theatre and a drama award at the school are named in his honor. In 2004, Nicholson attended his 50-year high school reunion
accompanied by his aunt Lorraine.
Nicholson first came to Hollywood in 1954, when he was seventeen, to visit his sister. He took a job as an office worker for animation directors William Hanna
and Joseph Barbera
at the MGM cartoon studio
. They offered him an entry-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award
at the 56th Golden Globe Awards
, he recalled that his first day as a working actor was May 5, 1955, which he considered lucky, as "5" was the jersey number of his boyhood idol, Joe DiMaggio
He trained to be an actor with a group called the Players Ring Theater, after which he found small parts performing on the stage and in TV soap operas.
He made his film debut in a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer
(1958), playing the title role. For the following decade, Nicholson was a frequent collaborator with the film's producer, Roger Corman
. Corman directed Nicholson on several occasions, such as in The Little Shop of Horrors
, as masochistic
dental patient and undertaker Wilbur Force, and also in The Raven
; The Terror
, where he plays a French officer seduced by an evil ghost; and The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Nicholson frequently worked with director Monte Hellman
on low-budget westerns, though two in particular—Ride in the Whirlwind
and The Shooting
—initially failed to find interest from any US film distributors but gained cult success on the art-house circuit in France and were later sold to television. Nicholson also appeared in two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show
. He was also starred as a rebellious dirt track race driver in the film The Wild Ride
With his acting career heading nowhere, Nicholson seemed resigned to a career behind the camera as a writer/director. His first real taste of writing success was the screenplay
for the 1967 counterculture
film The Trip
(directed by Corman), which starred Peter Fonda
and Dennis Hopper
. After first reading the script, Fonda told Nicholson he was totally impressed by the writing and felt it could become a great film. However, Fonda was disappointed with how the film turned out and blamed the editing which turned it into a "predictable" film and said so publicly. "I was livid", he recalls.
Nicholson also co-wrote, with Bob Rafelson
, the movie Head
, which starred The Monkees
, and arranged the movie's soundtrack
Nicholson's first big acting break came when a spot opened up in Fonda and Hopper's Easy Rider
(1969). He played alcoholic lawyer George Hanson, for which he received his first Oscar nomination. The film cost only $400,000 to make, and became a blockbuster, grossing $40 million.
Biographer John Parker
states that Nicholson's interpretation of his role placed him in the company of earlier "anti-hero
" actors, such as James Cagney
and Humphrey Bogart
, while promoting him into an "overnight number-one hero of the counter-culture
The part was a lucky break for Nicholson. The role had been written for the actor Rip Torn
, who withdrew from the project after an argument with Hopper.
In interviews, Nicholson later acknowledged the importance of being cast in Easy Rider
: "All I could see in the early films, before Easy Rider
, was this desperate young actor trying to vault out of the screen and create a movie career."
Nicholson was cast by Stanley Kubrick
, who was impressed with his role in Easy Rider
, in the part of Napoleon
in a film about his life, and although production on the film commenced, the project fizzled out
, partly due to a change in ownership at MGM, and other issues.
Nicholson starred in Five Easy Pieces
alongside Karen Black
in 1970 in what became his persona-defining role. Nicholson and Black were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances. Nicholson played Bobby Dupea, an oil rig worker, and Black played his waitress girlfriend. During an interview about the film, Black noted that Nicholson's character in the film was very subdued, and was very different from Nicholson's real-life personality. She says that the now-infamous restaurant scene was partly improvised by Nicholson, and was out of character for Bobby, who wouldn't have cared enough to argue with a waitress.
"I think that Jack really has very little in common with Bobby. I think Bobby has given up looking for love. But Jack hasn't, he's very interested in love, in finding out things. Jack is a very curious, alive human being. Always ready for a new idea.":37
Nicholson himself said as much, telling an interviewer, "I like listening to everybody. This to me is the elixir of life."
Black later admitted that she had a crush on Nicholson from the time they met, although they only dated briefly. "He was very beautiful. He just looked right at you ... I liked him a lot ... He really sort of wanted to date me but I didn't think of him that way because I was going with Peter Kastner ... Then I went to do Easy Rider
, but didn't see him because we didn't have any scenes together ... At the premiere, I saw him out in the lobby afterward and I started crying ... He didn't understand that, but what it was was that I really loved him a lot, and I didn't know it until I saw him again, because it all welled up.":36
Within a month after the film's release that September, the movie became a blockbuster, making Nicholson a leading man
and the "new American anti-hero", according to McDougal.:130
Critics began speculating as to whether he might become another Marlon Brando
or James Dean
. His career and income skyrocketed. He said, "I have [become] much sought after. Your name becomes a brand image like a product. You become Campbell's soup, with thirty-one different varieties of roles you can play.":130
He told his new agent, Sandy Bresler, to find him unusual roles so he could stretch his acting skill: "I like to play people that haven't existed yet, a 'cusp character'", he said:
I have that creative yearning. Much in the way Chagall
flies figures into the air: once it becomes part of the conventional wisdom, it doesn't seem particularly adventurous or weird or wild.:130
There is James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, and Henry Fonda. After that, who is there but Jack Nicholson?
Nicholson starred in Carnal Knowledge
in 1971, a comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols
, which co-starred Art Garfunkel
, and Candice Bergen
. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
. As a director, Mike Nichols was limited in the actors who he felt could handle the role, saying, "There is James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, and Henry Fonda. After that, who is there but Jack Nicholson?"
During the filming, Nicholson struck up what became a lifelong friendship with co-star Garfunkel. When he visited Los Angeles, Garfunkel would stay at Nicholson's home in a room Nicholson jokingly called "the Arthur Garfunkel Suite".:127
Other Nicholson roles included Hal Ashby
's The Last Detail
(1973), with Randy Quaid
, for which Nicholson won Best Actor
at the Cannes Film Festival
, and he was nominated for his third Oscar and a Golden Globe. Television journalist David Gilmour
writes that one of his favorite Nicholson scenes from all his films was—the often censored one—in this film when Nicholson slaps his gun on the bar yelling he was
the Shore Patrol.
Critic Roger Ebert
called it a very good movie, but credited Nicholson's acting as the main reason: "He creates a character so complete and so complex that we stop thinking about the movie and just watch to see what he'll do next."
In 1974, Nicholson starred in Roman Polanski
's noir thriller Chinatown
, and was again nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor
for his role as Jake Gittes, a private detective. The film co-starred Faye Dunaway
and John Huston
, and included a cameo role with Polanski. Roger Ebert described Nicholson's portrayal as sharp-edged, menacing, and aggressive, a character who knew "how to go over the top", as he did in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
. It is that edge that kept Chinatown
from becoming a typical genre crime film.
Ebert also notes the importance of the role for Nicholson's career, seeing it as a major transition from the exploitation films of the previous decade. "As Jake Gittes, he stepped into Bogart
's shoes", says Ebert. "As a man attractive to audiences because he suggests both comfort and danger ... From Gittes forward, Nicholson created the persona of a man who had seen it all and was still capable of being wickedly amused."
Nicholson had been friends with the director Roman Polanski long before the murder
of Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate
and others, at the hands of the Manson Family
, and supported him in the days following their deaths.:109–110
After Tate's death, Nicholson began sleeping with a hammer under his pillow
and took breaks from work to attend the Manson trial.
Nicholson in 1976
In 1977, three years after Chinatown
, Polanski was arrested at Nicholson's home for the sexual assault
of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer, who was modeling for Polanski during a magazine photo-shoot around the pool. At the time of the incident, Nicholson was out of town making a film, but his steady girlfriend, actress Anjelica Huston
, had dropped by unannounced to pick up some items. She heard Polanski in the other room say, "We'll be right out."
Polanski then came out with Geimer, and he introduced her to Huston, and they chatted about Nicholson's two large dogs, which were sitting nearby. Huston recalled Geimer was wearing platform heels and appeared quite tall.
After a few minutes of talking, Polanski had packed up his camera gear and Huston saw them drive off in his car. Huston told police the next day, after Polanski was arrested, that she "had witnessed nothing untoward" and never saw them together in the other room.
Geimer learned afterward that Huston herself wasn't supposed to be at Nicholson's house that day, since they had recently broken up, but stopped over to pick up some belongings. Geimer described Nicholson's house as "definitely" a guy's house, with lots of wood and shelves crowded with photos and mementos.
One of Nicholson's greatest successes came in 1975, with his role as Randle P. McMurphy
in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
. The movie was an adaptation of Ken Kesey
's novel, and was directed by Miloš Forman
and co-produced by Michael Douglas
. Nicholson plays an anti-authoritarian patient at a mental hospital where he becomes an inspiring leader for the other patients. Playing one of the patients was Danny DeVito
in an early role. Nicholson learned afterward that DeVito grew up in the same area of New Jersey, and they knew many of the same people.
The film swept the Academy Awards with nine nominations, and won the top five, including Nicholson's first for Best Actor
The role seemed perfect for Nicholson, with biographer Ken Burke noting that his "smartass demeanor balances his genuine concern for the treatment of his fellow patients with his independent spirit too free to exist in a repressive social structure".
Forman allowed Nicholson to improvise throughout the film, including most of the group therapy sequences. :273
Reviewer Marie Brenner
notes that his bravura performance "transcends the screen" and continually inspires the other actors by lightening their mental illnesses with his comic dialogue. She describes his performance:
Nicholson is everywhere; his energy propels the ward of loonies and makes of them an ensemble, a chorus of people caught in a bummer with nowhere else to go, but still fighting for some frail sense of themselves. ... There are scenes in Cuckoo's Nest
that are as intimate—and in their language, twice as rough—as the best moments in The Godfather
... [and] far above the general run of Hollywood performances.
Also in 1975, Nicholson starred in Michelangelo Antonioni
's The Passenger
(1975), which co-starred Maria Schneider
. Nicholson plays the role of a journalist, David Locke, who during an assignment in North Africa decides to quit being a journalist and simply disappear by taking on a new hidden identity. Unfortunately, the dead person whose identity he takes on turns out to have been a weapons smuggler on the run. Antonioni's unusual plot included convincing dialogue and fine acting, states film critic Seymour Chatman
It was shot in Algeria, Spain, Germany, and England.
The film received good reviews and revived Antonioni's reputation as one of cinema's great directors.
He says he wanted the film to have more of a "spy feeling [and] be more political".
Nicholson began shooting the film from an unfinished script, notes Judith Crist
yet upon its completion he thought so highly of the film that he bought the world rights and recorded a reminiscence of working with Antonioni.
Critic and screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt
provides an overview of Nicholson's role:
is an unidealized portrait of a drained man whose one remaining stimulus is to push his luck. Again and again, in the movie, we watch him court danger. It interests him to walk the edge of risk. He does it with passivity as if he were taking part in an expressionless game of double-dare with life. Jack Nicholson's performance is a wonder of insight. How to animate a personality that is barely there. :443
He continued to take more unusual roles. He took a small role in The Last Tycoon
, opposite Robert De Niro
. He took a less sympathetic role in Arthur Penn
's western The Missouri Breaks
(1976), specifically to work with Marlon Brando
. Nicholson was especially inspired by Brando's acting ability, recalling that in his youth, as an assistant manager at a theater, he watched On the Waterfront
about forty times.
"I'm part of the first generation that idolized Marlon Brando", he said.
Marlon Brando influenced me strongly. Today, it's hard for people who weren't there to realize the impact that Brando had on an audience. ... He's always been the patron saint of actors.
Nicholson has observed that while both De Niro and Brando were noted for their skill as method actors
, he himself has seldom been described as a method actor, a fact which he sees as an accomplishment: "I'm still fooling them", he told Sean Penn
during a phone conversation. "I consider it an accomplishment because there's probably no one who understands Method acting better academically than I do—or actually uses it more in his work. But it's funny, nobody really sees that. It's perception versus reality, I guess."
His work is always interesting, clearly conceived, and has the X-factor, magic. Jack is particularly suited for roles that require intelligence. He is an intelligent and literate man, and these are almost impossible to act. In The Shining you believe he's a writer, failed or otherwise.
Although he garnered no Academy Award
for Stanley Kubrick
's adaptation of Stephen King
's The Shining
(1980), it remains one of his more significant roles. He was Kubrick's first choice to play the lead role, although the book's author, Stephen King
, wanted the part played by more of an "everyman". However, Kubrick as a director won the argument, and described Nicholson's acting quality as being "on a par with the greatest stars of the past, like Spencer Tracy
and Jimmy Cagney
On the set, Nicholson always appeared in character, and if Kubrick felt confident that he knew his lines well enough, he encouraged him to improvise and go beyond the script. :434
For example, Nicholson improvised his now-famous "Here's Johnny!" line, :433
along with a scene in which he unleashes his anger upon his wife while she interrupts his writing. :445
There were also extensive takes of scenes, due to Kubrick's perfectionism. Nicholson shot a scene with the ghostly bartender thirty-six times.
Nicholson states that "Stanley's demanding. He'll do a scene fifty times, and you have to be good to do that.":38
In 1982, he starred as an immigration enforcement agent in The Border
, directed by Tony Richardson
. It co-starred Warren Oates
, who played a corrupt border official.
Richardson wanted Nicholson to play his role less expressively than he had in his earlier roles. "Less is more", he told him, and wanted him to wear reflecting sunglasses to portray what patrolmen wore. :318
Richardson recalled that Nicholson worked hard on the set:
He's what the Thirties and Forties stars were like. He can come on the set and deliver, without any fuss, without taking a long time walking around getting into it. "What do you want? Okay." And he just does it straight off. And then if you want him to do it another way on the next take, he can adapt to that too. :318
Nicholson won his second Oscar, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
, for his role of retired astronaut Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment
(1983), directed by James L. Brooks
. It starred Shirley MacLaine
and Debra Winger
. McGilligan claims it was one of Nicholson's most complex and unforgettable characters. He and MacLaine played many of their scenes in different ways, constantly testing and making adjustments. Their scenes together gave the film its "buoyant edge", states McGilligan, and describes Nicholson's acting as "Jack floating like a butterfly". :330
In the 1989 Batman
movie, Nicholson played the psychotic villain, the Joker
. The film was an international smash hit, and a lucrative deal earned him a percentage of the box office
gross estimated at $60 million to $90 million.
Nicholson said that he was "particularly proud" of his performance as the Joker: "I considered it a piece of pop art
", he said.
For his role as hot-headed Col. Nathan R. Jessup in A Few Good Men
(1992), a movie about a murder in a U.S. Marine Corps
unit, Nicholson received yet another Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
One review describes his performance as "spellbinding", adding that he portrayed "the essence of the quintessential military mindset".
Critic David Thomson notes that Nicholson's character "blazed and roared".
The film's director, Rob Reiner
, recalls how Nicholson's level of acting experience affected the other actors during rehearsals: "I had the luck of having Jack Nicholson there. He knows what he's doing, and he comes to play, every time out, full-out performance! And what it says to a lot of the other actors is, 'Oooooh, I better get on my game here because this guy's coming to play! So I can't hold back; I've got to come up to him.' He sets the tone."
In 1996, Nicholson collaborated once more with Batman
director Tim Burton
on Mars Attacks!
, pulling double duty as two contrasting characters, President James Dale and Las Vegas
property developer Art Land. At first, studio executives at Warner Bros. disliked the idea of killing off Nicholson's character, so Burton created two characters and killed them both off.
Not all of Nicholson's performances have been well received. He was nominated for Razzie Awards
as worst actor for Man Trouble
(1992) and Hoffa
(1992). However, Nicholson's performance in Hoffa
also earned him a Golden Globe
While David Thomson states that the film was terribly neglected, since Nicholson portrayed one of his best screen characters, someone who is "snarly, dumb, smart, noble, rascally—all the parts of 'Jack'".
Nicholson admits he initially didn't like playing the role of a middle-aged man alongside a much younger Hunt, seeing it as a movie cliché. "But Helen disarmed that at the first meeting", he says, "and I stopped thinking about it." They got along well during the filming, with Hunt saying that he "treated me like a queen", and they connected immediately: "It wasn't even what we said", she adds. "It was just some frequency we both could tune into that was very, very compatible."
Critic Jack Mathews of Newsday
described Nicholson as being "in rare form", adding that "it's one of those performances that make you aware how much fun the actor is having".
Author and screenwriter Andrew Horton describes their on-screen relationship as being like "fire and ice, oil and water—seemingly complete opposites".
Nicholson in 2002
In About Schmidt
(2002), Nicholson portrayed a retired Omaha
who questions his own life following his wife's death. His quietly restrained performance earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor. In Anger Management
(2003), he played an aggressive therapist assigned to help an overly pacifist man (Adam Sandler
). In 2003, Nicholson also starred in Something's Gotta Give
, as an aging playboy who falls for the mother (Diane Keaton
) of his young girlfriend. In late 2006, Nicholson marked his return to the dark side as Frank Costello
, a nefarious Boston Irish Mob
boss, based on Whitey Bulger
who was still on the run at that time, presiding over Matt Damon
and Leonardo DiCaprio
in Martin Scorsese's
Oscar-winning film The Departed
, a remake of Andrew Lau
's Infernal Affairs
. The role earned Nicholson worldwide critical praise, along with various award wins and nominations, including a Golden Globe
nomination for best supporting actor.
In 2007, Nicholson co-starred with Morgan Freeman
in Rob Reiner
's The Bucket List
Nicholson and Freeman portrayed dying men who fulfill their list of goals. In researching the role, Nicholson visited a Los Angeles
hospital to see how cancer patients coped with their illnesses.
On February 15, 2015, Nicholson made a special appearance as a presenter on SNL 40
, the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live
After the death of boxer Muhammad Ali
on June 3, 2016, Nicholson appeared on HBO
's The Fight Game with Jim Lampley
for an exclusive interview about his friendship with Ali.
He was reported to be starring in an English-language remake of Toni Erdmann
in 2017 opposite Kristen Wiig
, his first feature film role since How Do You Know
but later the project was abandoned by everyone including the director.
Relationships and children
Nicholson is the Hollywood celebrity who is almost like a character in some ongoing novel of our times. He is also the most beloved of stars—not even his huge wealth, his reckless aging, and the public disasters of his private life can detract from this ... For he is still a touchstone, someone we value for the way he helps us see ourselves.
Children of Jack Nicholson
- with Sandra Knight
Jennifer (born 1963)
- with Susan Anspach
Caleb (born 1970)
- with Winnie Hollman
Honey (born 1981)
- with Rebecca Broussard
- Lorraine (born 1990)
- Raymond (born 1992)
- with Jennine Gourin
Tessa Gourin (born 1995)
Nicholson's only marriage was to Sandra Knight from June 17, 1962, to August 8, 1968; they had been separated for two years prior to the divorce.
They had one daughter together, Jennifer (born September 13, 1963), also an actress.
Jennifer's son Duke Norfleet (b. 1999), is also an actor, under the name Duke Nicholson.
Actress Susan Anspach
contended that her son, Caleb Goddard (born September 26, 1970), was fathered by Nicholson. In 1984, Nicholson stated that he was not convinced he is Caleb's father;
however, in 1996, Caleb stated that Nicholson had acknowledged him as his son.
At some point between 1988 and 1994, Nicholson provided financial assistance to put Caleb through college,
and Anspach's New York Times
obituary referred to Caleb as "her son, whose father is Jack Nicholson".
Between April 1973 and January 1990, Nicholson had an on-again, off-again relationship with actress Anjelica Huston
that included periods of overlap with other women, including Danish model Winnie Hollman, with whom he supposedly fathered a daughter, Honey Hollman (born 1981), although there is no paternity evidence that Nicholson is the father.
From 1989 to 1994, Nicholson had a relationship with actress Rebecca Broussard. They had two children together: daughter Lorraine Nicholson (born April 16, 1990 - named after his aunt), and son Raymond (born February 20, 1992).
In the mid-1990s, Nicholson had a daughter, Tessa, with Jeannine Gourin.
For over a year, from 1999 to 2000, Nicholson dated actress Lara Flynn Boyle
; they later reunited, before splitting permanently in 2004.
Nicholson has stated that children "give your life a resonance that it can't have without them ... As a father, I'm there all the time. I give unconditional love."
However, he has also lamented that he "didn't see enough of my eldest daughter because I was trying to make a career".
Assault charge and lawsuits
In a criminal complaint
filed on February 8, 1994, Robert Blank stated that Nicholson, then 56, approached Blank's Mercedes-Benz
while he was stopped at a red light in North Hollywood
. After accusing the other man of cutting him off in traffic, Nicholson used a golf club to bash the roof and windshield of Blank's car. A witness confirmed Blank's account of the incident, and misdemeanor
charges of assault and vandalism were filed against Nicholson. Charges were dropped after Nicholson apologized to Blank, and the two reached an undisclosed settlement, which included a reported $500,000 check from Nicholson.
In 1996, a lawsuit
was brought against Nicholson for rupturing a woman's breast implants. Later that same year, a second lawsuit was brought against Nicholson alleging that he promised a woman named Catherine Shaheen $1,000 for sex and then assaulted her when she asked for the money. Though Shaheen received a settlement of about $40,000, she argued that this was insufficient to cover the injuries inflicted upon her, including brain trauma
, which she stated were "actually killing her."
Nicholson lived next door to Marlon Brando
for a number of years on Mulholland Drive
in Beverly Hills
. Warren Beatty
also lived nearby, earning the road the nickname "Bad Boy Drive". After Brando's death in 2004, Nicholson purchased his bungalow for $6.1 million, with the purpose of having it demolished. Nicholson stated that it was done out of respect to Brando's legacy, as it had become too expensive to renovate the "derelict" building which was plagued by mold.
Nicholson was also a close friend of Robert Evans
, the producer of Chinatown
, and after Evans lost Woodland, his home, as the result of a 1980s drug bust, Nicholson and other friends of the producer purchased Woodland to give it back to Evans.
Nicholson is a fan of the New York Yankees
and Los Angeles Lakers
. He has been a Laker season ticket holder since 1970, and has held courtside season tickets for the past 25 years next to the opponent's benches both at The Forum
and Staples Center
, missing very few games. In a few instances, Nicholson has engaged in arguments with game officials and opposing players, and even walked onto the court.
He was almost ejected from a Lakers playoff game in May 2003 after he yelled at the game's referee.
Nicholson described himself as a "life-long IrishDemocrat
", although he has mentioned that he supports every president.
Although he is personally against abortion
, he is pro-choice
. He has said, "I'm pro-choice but against abortion because I'm an illegitimate child myself, and it would be hypocritical to take any other position. I'd be dead. I wouldn't exist." He has also said that he has "nothing but total admiration, gratitude, and respect for the strength of the women who made the decision they made in my individual case".
During a 1992 Vanity Fair
interview, Nicholson stated, "I don't believe in God
now. I can still work up an envy for someone who has faith. I can see how that could be a deeply soothing experience."
Awards and nominations
With twelve Academy Award
nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history. Only Nicholson (1960s–2000s), Michael Caine
(1960s–2000s), Meryl Streep
(1970s–2010s), Paul Newman
(1950s–1960s, 1980s–2000s), Katharine Hepburn
(1930s–1960s, 1980s), Frances McDormand
(1980s-2020s), and Laurence Olivier
(1930s–1970s) have been nominated for an acting (lead or supporting) Academy Award in five different decades.
In 2013, Nicholson co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture
with First Lady Michelle Obama
. This ceremony marked the eighth time he has presented the Academy Award for Best Picture (1972, 1977, 1978, 1990, 1993, 2006, 2007, and 2013). Nicholson is an active and voting member of the Academy.
Nicholson's acting career spans over sixty years. He has won three Academy Awards, and with twelve nominations, he is the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history.
Among his films are Easy Rider
(1969), Five Easy Pieces
(1970), Carnal Knowledge
(1971), The Last Detail
(1974), The Passenger
(1975), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(1975), The Shining
(1981), Terms of Endearment
(1983), Prizzi's Honor
(1989), A Few Good Men
(1992), As Good as It Gets
(1997), About Schmidt
(2002) and The Departed
John Joseph Nicholson (a department store window dresser in Manasquan, New Jersey
) and Ethel May (née Rhoads, a hairdresser, beautician and amateur artist in Manasquan)
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