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The Postman... If there was an Eleventh Commandment, they would have broken that too.Drifter... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

The Witches Of... Only two casting choices exist to play the Devil: Old Scratch himself...and Jack... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Back Door To... In this film, "hell" would be the jungles of the Philippines during WWII and... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Something's... Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial playboy with a libido much younger... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

The Bucket... You only live once, so why not go out in style? That's what two cancer-ward... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Carnal... This provoking drama explores the various sexual relationships between two... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: John Joseph Nicholson Died:
Born: April 22, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Neptune, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ... actor director producer screenwriter office boy in the MGM cartoon department editor Air National Guard fireman


Perhaps no other actor of his generation made more of a lasting impression than Jack Nicholson. Over the course of several decades, Nicholson delivered one sterling performance after another in films that have long been considered as being some of the greatest ever made. Though he got his start with low-budget king Roger Corman in the late-1950s, the actor eventually made his mark with a memorable supporting role in the iconic counterculture road film, "Easy Rider" (1969). Thanks to that Oscar-nominated performance, Nicholson embarked on a fruitful decade of work that ultimately cemented his place in cinematic history, starting with a shaded portrayal of a man searching for what went wrong with his life in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970). But it was his performance as the dogged private detective Jake Gittes in "Chinatown" (1974) that turned the already successful actor into a legend, which he followed with perhaps his most enduring film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). From there, Nicholson became noted for his bombastic and over-the-top performances, which sometimes hampered the actor into being confined to "Jack" roles that limited his choices, as happened in "The Shining" (1980). This persona was put to excellent use in both "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and "Batman" (1990), while he managed to balance out such roles with a return to finer, more nuanced performances in "Terms of Endearment" (1987) and "As Good As It Gets" (1997), all of which underscored Nicholson's place in at the top of the Hollywood pantheon.

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