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Today’s Memory – Jack Nicholson1 min read

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Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson

born April 22, 1937, New Jersey


John Joseph Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer.

He acted in low-budget movies before earning acclaim for his performance as an alcoholic lawyer in Easy Rider (1969). He followed that success with such diverse roles as a loner alienated from his family and friends in Five Easy Pieces (1970), a chauvinist in Carnal Knowledge (1971), a detective in Chinatown (1974), and a patient in a mental hospital in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975, Academy Award). Nicholson’s later movies include the horror film The Shining (1980), Terms of Endearment (1983, Academy Award), the biographical Hoffa (1992), As Good As It Gets (1997, Academy Award), About Schmidt (2002), and The Departed (2006). With his devil-may-care attitude and potent charisma, Jack Nicholson emerged as the most popular and celebrated actor of his generation.

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A classic anti-hero, he typified the new breed of Hollywood star-rebellious, contentious and defiantly non-conformist. A supremely versatile talent, he uniquely defined the zeitgeist of the 1970s, a decade which his screen presence dominated virtually from start to finish, and remained an enduring counterculture icon for the duration of his long and renowned career.

Nicholson’s twelve Oscar nominations make him the most nominated male actor any actor has won.

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