Mini biography. Abandoned by his father in his childhood, he was raised believing his
grandmother was his mother and his mother was his older sister. The truth was
revealed to him years later when a Time magazine researcher uncovered the truth
while preparing a story on the star. Jack had a 17 year relationship with
Huston which ended
in 1990 after Rebecca Broussard was carrying his child.
(17 June 1962 - 8 August 1968) (divorced) 1
Trade mark. Shark's grin, sunglasses. Jersey drawl
Trivia.Ranked #6 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All
Time" list. [October 1997].
Recipient of a
Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. .
Used to be a
messenger boy for MGM's cartoon department.
In 1994, in an apparent bout
of rage, he smashed a man's car window in with a golf club. He expressed
remorse for the incident in an interview with US Magazine.
Loves jokes at his
expense so much that he showed up at every Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, who in turn would incorporate Nicholson somehow in the telecast.
Lives on famed
"Bad Boy Drive"
a.k.a. Mulholland Drive
in Beverly Hills, California. It's nicknamed so because its
residents have included former Hollywood bad
boys Warren Beatty, Jack
Nicholson and the late Marlon Brando.
Avid Los Angeles
Lakers fan. He never misses a Lakers home game. Because of this, producers on
his films must work the shooting schedule around the Lakers' schedule.
televised interviews except for press conferences. But in 2004, while attending
a fashion show for his daughter, designer Jennifer Nicholson,
he agreed to be interviewed briefly by Robert Verdi
for E! Entertainment.
Flew to Cuba and met
with Fidel Castro in June 1998. While there, he also met with leaders of the Cuban film
industry, enjoyed local restaurants, jazz clubs and visited a famous cigar
factory. He left greatly impressed with the country and its Communist dictator,
who he described as "a genius", though the luxuries he was treated to
on the island are off-limits to most Cuban citizens.
New Jersey, where he was voted
"Class Clown" by the Class of 1954.
friend of Danny DeVito. Nicholson's relatives and DeVito's relatives ran a hair salon
the Best Picture Oscar five times (in 1971, 1976, 1977, 1989, and 1992), more
than any other actor or actress.
a large art collection including works by Pablo Picasso
and Tamara de Lempicka
Batman creator Bob Kane personally recommended him for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989).
son of Donald Furcillo, the son of Italian immigrants, and June Nicholson,
whose father, Jack Sr., was Irish and mother, Ethel May, was of Dutch descent.
He never knew his father and was raised by his grandmother. He was led to
believe that June was his older sister.
Turned down the
role of Johnny Hooker in The Sting
(1973) to play Billy "Bad Ass" Buddusky in The Last
Detail (1973), which was written by his
close friend Robert Towne, as he did not want to appear in a purely commercial picture just then.
Redford eventually played the part. Both
Nicholson and Redford were nominated for Best
Actor of 1973 at the Academy Awards, losing to Jack Lemmon
for Save the
Turned down the
lead role of Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), even though he knew the movie would be a hit as he felt that
the special effects would overwhelm any actor in the movie.