Jack Nicholson

Abandoned by his father, Jack Nicholson was raised by his grandmother in New Jersey. At 17, he left for Los Angeles and took a job as an office worker at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). His film debut came in Roger Corman's thriller The Cry Baby Killer, where he portrayed a juvenile delinquent. Throughout the 1960s, Nicholson collaborated with Corman on approximately twenty B-movies, spanning genres from horror (Little Shop of Horrors) to westerns (The Shooting).
In 1968, Nicholson began his fruitful partnership with Bob Rafelson, co-writing and producing the psychedelic comedy Head with The Monkees. Their collaboration continued with notable films such as Five Easy Pieces, which earned Nicholson his first Oscar nomination, and his breakout role as a hallucinating lawyer in Easy Rider the following year.
During the 1970s, Nicholson solidified his place among Hollywood's elite actors with roles in Roman Polanski's noir classic Chinatown, earning him another Oscar nomination, and Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, where he won his first Academy Award for Best Actor. His international venture with Michelangelo Antonioni in Profession: Reporter also showcased his versatility.
In 1980, Nicholson delivered a memorable performance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, followed by acclaimed roles in Reds and Terms of Endearment, the latter earning him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1990, Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker in Batman solidified his status as an icon, financially benefiting from merchandise sales. Despite a commercial setback with Two Jakes, he continued to impress with roles in A Few Good Men and As Good as It Gets, which garnered him his second Oscar for Best Actor.
Entering the 2000s, Nicholson continued to deliver notable performances in films like The Pledge, About Schmidt, and The Departed, showcasing his enduring talent alongside younger stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler.
In recent years, Nicholson has appeared less frequently on screen, yet his contributions to cinema remain significant, including roles in The Bucket List alongside Morgan Freeman and How Do You Know with Paul Rudd.



The Shining (1980)

- Jack Torrance