Jack Nicholson

Biography: Whether playing a loser or a lothario, a heavy or a hero, this iconic actor is always, on some level, Jack Nicholson. His first Hollywood job was running errands for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long and landed his first big-screen gig in the 1958 crime thriller, Cry Baby Killer. In the 1960s the hungry up-and-comer turned in a bunch of offbeat performances in a string of low-budget flicks, a few of which he wrote. He was over 30 when he earned his first of many Oscar nods---not to mention an expanded fan base---as a disgruntled lawyer in 1969's Easy Rider. In the 1970s Nicholson tapped into the decade's unrest by essaying a slew of unforgettable roles in legendary films: a rebel in Five Easy Pieces, a misogynist in Carnal Knowledge, a lovesick gumshoe in Chinatown and an unruly inmate in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which snagged Nicholson his first Academy Award. He became a scenery-chewing, eyebrow-archingWhether playing a loser or a lothario, a heavy or a hero, this iconic actor is always, on some level, Jack Nicholson. His first Hollywood job was running errands for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, but he didn't stay behind the scenes for long and landed his first big-screen gig in the 1958 crime thriller, Cry Baby Killer. In the 1960s the hungry up-and-comer turned in a bunch of offbeat performances in a string of low-budget flicks, a few of which he wrote. He was over 30 when he earned his first of many Oscar nods---not to mention an expanded fan base---as a disgruntled lawyer in 1969's Easy Rider. In the 1970s Nicholson tapped into the decade's unrest by essaying a slew of unforgettable roles in legendary films: a rebel in Five Easy Pieces, a misogynist in Carnal Knowledge, a lovesick gumshoe in Chinatown and an unruly inmate in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which snagged Nicholson his first Academy Award. He became a scenery-chewing, eyebrow-arching megastar in the 1980s, delivering broad yet interesting performances in more commercial fare like Terms of Endearment, The Witches of Eastwick and Batman. Nicholson's personal life was as dramatic as his career. At the age of 37, he learned that the woman whom he thought was his mother was actually his grandmother and that his supposed sister was his biological mom. As for his own romantic entanglements, he had a longtime on-again, off-again relationship with Anjelica Huston that ended acrimoniously in 1990 when he fathered a child with starlet Rebecca Broussard, and later he was linked to the much younger Lara Flynn Boyle. In the late 1990s the actor started to slow down. He took a four-year hiatus from the big screen after his Oscar-winning turn as a surly obsessive-compulsive writer in 1997's As Good as It Gets, but he was back to winning accolades for his performances in About Schmidt (2002) and The Departed (2006). Even when he's not on screen, Nicholson is a ubiquitous industry presence, frequently spotted on red carpets, at awards shows and courtside at Lakers games. Expand

Jack Nicholson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 67
Highest Metascore: 92 Chinatown
Lowest Metascore: 42 The Bucket List
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
34 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Dec 15, 2011 Himself 7.6
46 How Do You Know Dec 17, 2010 Charles / Charles tbd
42 The Bucket List Dec 25, 2007 Edward Cole 7.4
85 The Departed Oct 6, 2006 Frank Costello / Frank Costello tbd
90 The Passenger (re-release) Oct 28, 2005 David Locke / David Locke 8.3
66 Something's Gotta Give Dec 12, 2003 Harry Sanborn 6.2
52 Anger Management Apr 11, 2003 Dr. Buddy Rydell 8.7
85 About Schmidt Dec 13, 2002 Warren Schmidt 7.6
75 The Kid Stays in the Picture Jul 26, 2002 Himself 8.0
67 As Good as It Gets Dec 23, 1997 Melvin Udall 8.7
52 Mars Attacks! Dec 13, 1996 President James Dale/Art Land 6.8
46 The Crossing Guard Nov 16, 1995 Freddy Gale 6.4
50 Hoffa Dec 25, 1992 James R. 'Jimmy' Hoffa 8.3
62 A Few Good Men Dec 11, 1992 Col. Nathan R. Jessep 8.0
56 The Two Jakes Aug 10, 1990 Director / Producer / J.J. 'Jake' Gittes 8.1
69 Batman Jun 23, 1989 Joker/Jack Napier 8.3
56 Ironweed Feb 12, 1988 Francis Phelan / Francis Phelan tbd
84 Broadcast News Dec 16, 1987 Bill Rorich 7.7
67 The Witches of Eastwick Jun 12, 1987 Daryl Van Horne 8.1
49 Heartburn Jul 25, 1986 Mark Forman tbd
84 Prizzi's Honor Jun 14, 1985 Charley Partanna 7.3
79 Terms of Endearment Nov 23, 1983 Garrett Breedlove 7.5
66 The Border Feb 12, 1982 Charlie Smith tbd
76 Reds Dec 25, 1981 Eugene O'Neill 7.3
61 The Postman Always Rings Twice Mar 20, 1981 Frank Chambers 8.0
66 The Shining May 23, 1980 Jack Torrance 8.8
52 Goin' South Oct 6, 1978 Director / Henry Lloyd Moon tbd
57 The Last Tycoon Nov 19, 1976 Brimmer tbd
65 The Missouri Breaks May 22, 1976 Tom Logan tbd
66 Tommy Mar 19, 1975 The Specialist / The Specialist tbd