Jack Nicholson turns 85 and we remember his most emblematic films

Outside and in front of the camera, if something distinguishes Jack Nicholson, it is his smile, known and remembered internationally, not only for having given life to the Joker in Batman (1989) in the version of the filmmaker Tim Burton.

That mocking face has accompanied him in his personal and professional life. the rebel of Hollywood who turns 85 today is a flirt by nature, even the magazine rolling stone nicknamed him as the great seducer.

The empathy he shows on screen has led him to be considered one of the best actors of his generation, he loves it, no matter if his character is a prisoner who is transferred to a psychiatric hospital as in Trapped without exit or a psychopath willing to murder his family in The glow.

Actor, producerdirector and screenwriter are some of the occupations in which Nick, as he is called by his closest circle, stood out during his career.

He was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey, in the United States. One of the most complicated situations in his life is that, for almost four decades, the actor he believed that his grandparents Ethel May and John J. Nicholson were his parents, while June Frances Nicholson acted as his older sister, when in fact she was his mother.

In 1975, the investigative work of a journalist revealed his true origin; there is a theory that the actor’s father has Italian roots.

His passion for acting has led him to more than 100 nominations in different installments of awards, currently has three Oscarof the 12 to which he was nominated. Trapped without exit(1975), the strength of affection (1983) and Better… Impossible (1997) were the films in which his work stood out, crowning himself as Best Actor and Supporting Actor.

Another of his achievements is that he has received a nomination for the Academy Awards in each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.


But the story of John Joseph Nicholson, his real name, does not stop there. Before focusing his career as an actor, he worked in the cartoon department of Hanna Barbera, he was even offered a position as an animator, however, he rejected it.

In 1958 he made his debut in the headband The crybaby killer, from director Justus Addiss. His path was paved with small appearances in the cinema to TV series like Mr Lucky (1960), The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960), The underwater investigator (1961), Intrigue in Hawaii (1962), among others.

While doing different acting projects, parallel began directing; by 1971 he was in charge of Drive, he saidin which he also served as producer, followed Goin’ south in 1978 and Chinatown 2in 1990.

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As a writer, he has credits in films such as journey to ragethrough the hurricane, TheTrip Y Head.

It was in 1969 when he starred Easyrider, work that opened the doors of Hollywood. His fame rose, professional and personal success went hand in hand, in the sixties and seventies, his name was synonymous with fun.

He had affairs with many women, including Angelica Huston, who even pointed out that he was a womanizer; it was between 1973 and 1990 when both stayed together, intermittently; it was also the producer’s longest relationship.