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Top 10 Facts - Jack Nicholson
10.26.2015
Fact #1

John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and ?lmmaker, having performed for nearly 60 years. Ni- cholson was born in Neptune City, New Jersey, the son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson.

Fact #2

Nicholson ?rst came to Hollywood in 1954, when he was 17, to visit his sister. He took a iob as an of?ce worker for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio.

Fact #3

He trained to be an actor with a group called the Players Ring Theater, after which time he found small parts performing on the stage and in TV soap operas. He made his ?lm debut in a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer (1958), playing the title role.

Fact #4

In the 1989 Batman movie, Nicholson played the psychotic murderer and villain, The Joker. The ?lm was an international smash hit, and a lucrative percentage deal earned him a percentage of the box of?ce gross estimated at $60 million to $90 million. Nicholson said that he was "particularly proud" of his per- formance as the Joker: ''I considered it a piece of pop art," he said.

Fact #5

From 1989 to 1994, Nicholson had a relation- ship with actress Rebecca Broussard. They had two children together: daughter Lorraine (born 1990) and son Raymond (born 1992). He states that children added to the quality of his life.

Fact #6

In a criminal lawsuit ?led on February 8, 1994, Robert Blank stated that Nicholson, then 56, approached Blank's Mercedes-Benz while he was stopped at a red light in North Hollywood. After accusing the other man of cutting him off in traf?c, Nicholson used a golf club to bash the roof and windshield of Blank's car.

Fact #7

Nicholson lived next door to Marlon Brando for a number of years on Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills. Warren Beatty also lived nearby, earning the road the nickname "Bad Boy Drive." After Brando's death in 2004, Ni- cholson purchased his bungalow for 56.1 mil- lion, with the purpose of having it demol- ished.

Fact #8

Nicholson was also a close friend of Robert Evans, the producer of Chinatown, and after Evans lost Woodland, his home, as the result of a 19805 drug bust, Nicholson and other friends of the producer purchased Woodland to give it back to Evans.

Fact #9

Nicholson is a collector of 20th century and contemporary art, including the work of Henri Matisse, Tamara de Lempicka, Andy Warhol, and Jack Vettriano. In 1995, artist Ed Ruscha was quoted saying that "Jack Nichol- son has one of the best collections out here".

Fact #10

In 2010, Nicholson was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In 2011, Nicholson received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown Uni- versity at its two hundred and forty-third commencement. At the ceremony, Ruth Sim- mons, Brown University's president, called him, "the most skilled actor of our lifetime".

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