Who Is Jack Nicholson?


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Jack Nicholson is a three-time Academy Award winning actor best known for his work in Hollywood films such as "The Shining," "The Departed," "As Good As It Gets," "Something's Gotta Give" and "Anger Management." He is also a screenwriter, producer and director.

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Who Is Jack Nicholson?
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Jack Nicholson was born on April 27, 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey. He grew up thinking that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his sister. He found out of the truth when Time magazine released the information in a feature they wrote on Nicholson in 1979.

Nicholson made his first feature film debut in the 1958 film "The Cry Baby Killer." The film's producer was fond of Nicholson's work and cast him in several films over the next years including "The Little Shop of Horrors," "The Raven," "The Terror" and "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre."

Nicholson won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Terms of Endearment," and he won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice. He is the recipient of six Golden Globe awards, as of 2015. In 1994, the American Film Institute awarded him its Life Achievement Award. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger inducted Nicholson into the California Hall of Fame.

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