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September 28, 2020 8:21 pm

Film Figure Spotlight: Jack Nicholson

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Film Forecaster pays a weekly homage to an outstanding figure within the Film industry – whether Director, Actor/Actress, Producer, Creative, Executive, or Writer. This figure is an icon, or even an icon in the making. We scour for the best quotes, images, movie facts, and biography quips.

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Our Film Figure Spotlight: Jack Nicholson

If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain’t – take two!” – Jack Nicholson

John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. To his name, Nicholson has over 70 movie titles. Throughout his career, Jack Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles; many of which include dark portrayals of neurotic and/or psychopathic characters. Nicholson’s twelve Oscar nominations make him the most nominated male actor!

Nicholson has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and for As Good as It Gets. He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 1983 film Terms of Endearment. He is tied with Walter Brennan and Daniel Day-Lewis for most acting wins by a male actor (three). Nicholson is well known for playing villainous roles, such as Frank Costello in The Departed, Jack Torrance in The Shining and the Joker in 1989’s Batman.

Nicholson was one of only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s; the other being Michael Caine. He has won six Golden Globe Awards, and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001. In 1994, he became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. Notable films in which he has starred include Easy RiderFive Easy PiecesThe Last DetailChinatownThe PassengerThe ShiningRedsWolfA Few Good MenThe PledgeAbout Schmidt, and The Departed.

 

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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. [1994]
  • Used to be a messenger boy for MGM’s cartoon department.
  • He was the 2001 John F. Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
  • Dedicated his Oscar for As Good as It Gets (1997) to J.T. Walsh, his co-star in A Few Good Men (1992) who had died shortly before the Academy Awards in 1998.
  • 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, and the late Marlon Brando.
  • Avid Los Angeles Lakers fan and is often seated next to his good friend Lou Adler. He rarely misses a Lakers home game. Contrary to popular belief, Nicholson never had production companies schedule the filming of a movie he was in to accommodate his attendance at sporting events. Nicholson is also a life-long fan of the New York Yankees.
  • Was asked, along with Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, to play the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

 

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There’s a little bit of me, I suppose, in every part I play. As an actor you can’t help inserting yourself, especially if you love acting.” – Jack Nicholson

Sources: WikipediaIMDB, Biography.

By G+ Author: Dan Mullins.

Dan Mullins

I write for FilmForecaster.com - Check it out! I love films - old and new. Writing, editing, and researching for my own screenplays.

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