Nicholson was born in New Jersey, the son of a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson (stage name June Nilson). June had married Italian American showman Donald Furcillo (stage name Donald Rose) six months earlier in Elkton, Maryland, on October 16, 1936. Furcillo was already married. Although he reportedly offered to take care of the child, June's mother Ethel insisted that she bring up the baby, partly so that June could pursue her dancing career. Although Furcillo claimed to be Nicholson's father and to have committed bigamy by marrying June, biographer Patrick McGilligan asserted in Jack's Life that Latvian-born Eddie King (originally Edgar A. Kirschfeld), June's manager, may have been Nicholson's biological father. Other sources suggest June Nicholson was unsure of who the father was. Nicholson's mother was of Irish, English, and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, though he and his family reportedly self-identified as Irish. Nicholson was brought up believing that his maternal grandparents, John Joseph Nicholson (a department store window dresser in Manasquan, New Jersey) and Ethel May (née Rhoads, a hairdresser, beautician and amateur artist in Manasquan), were his parents. Nicholson only discovered that his "parents" were actually his grandparents and his sister was in fact his mother in 1974, after a journalist for TIME magazine who was doing a feature on Nicholson informed him of the fact. By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively). Nicholson has stated he does not know who his biological father is, saying "Only Ethel and June knew and they never told anybody", and has chosen not to have a DNA test or to pursue the matter. Nicholson grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey. He was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic religion. Before starting high school, his family moved to an apartment in Spring Lake, New Jersey. "Nick", as he was known to his high school friends, attended nearby Manasquan High School, where he was voted "class clown" by the Class of 1954. He was in detention every day for a whole school year. A theatre and a drama award at the school are named in his honor. In 2004, Nicholson attended his 50-year high school reunion accompanied by his aunt Lorraine.



Nicholson's only marriage was to Sandra Knight from 1962 to 1968. They had one daughter together, Jennifer (born 1963). Actress Susan Anspach contends that her son, Caleb Goddard (born 1970), was fathered by Nicholson, though he is not convinced he is the father. Nicholson has a daughter, Honey Hollman (born 1981) from his relationship with Danish actress Winnie Hollman and two children from his relationship with actress Rebecca Broussard: Lorraine (born 1990) and Raymond Nicholson (born 1992). Jack's daughter, Lorraine Nicholson, graduated from Brown University on May 28, 2012. Jack attended this important event, and stayed in a hotel in Providence. He has been romantically linked to numerous actresses and models, including Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, Janice Dickinson, Rachel Ward, and Lara Flynn Boyle. Nicholson also had a long-term relationship with actress Anjelica Huston.



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, Nicholson purchased his neighbor's bungalow for $6.1 million, with the purpose of having it demolished. Nicholson stated that it was done out of respect to Brando's legacy, as it had become too expensive to renovate the "derelict" building which was plagued by mold. Nicholson shared a friendship with author-journalist Hunter S. Thompson, described in Thompson's autobiography "Kingdom of Fear" where, according to Thompson, they would exchange "bizarre" presents which resulted in a perceived assassination attempt against the actor. Thompson appeared outside Nicholson's home on the night of Nicholson's birthday, having set off a high-powered spotlight and gunfire, playing a tape of animal cries through an amplifier to awaken him. Thompson then left a freshly-cut elk's heart on Nicholson's door as a joke before leaving when it appeared that nobody would exit the house. Following the death of Thompson in 2005, Nicholson and fellow actors Johnny Depp, John Cusack, and Sean Penn attended the private memorial service in Colorado.



Nicholson is a fan of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers. He has been a Laker season ticket holder since 1970 and has held courtside season tickets for the past 25 years at both The Forum and the Staples Center, missing very few games. In a few instances, Nicholson has engaged in arguments with game officials and opposing players, and even walked onto the court. Studios were rumored to schedule filming around the Lakers home schedule although he disputed this claim in an interview with BBC radio in 2008. 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 Nicholson has one of the best collections out here". The collection is estimated to be worth over $100 million.



 



List of Movies



2010



How Do You Know



2007 



The Bucket List



2006 



The Departed



2003 



Something's Gotta Give



Anger Management



2002 



About Schmidt



2001 



The Pledge



1997 



As Good As It Gets



1996 



The Evening Star



Mars Attacks!



Blood and Wine



1995 



The Crossing Guard



1994 



Wolf



1992 



A Few Good Men



Hoffa



Man Trouble



1990 



The Two Jakes



1989



Batman



1987



Ironweed



The Witches of Eastwick



Broadcast News



1986



Heartburn



1985 



Prizzi's Honor



1983 



Terms of Endearment



1982 



The Border



1981 



The Postman Always Rings Twice



Reds



1980



The Shining



1978 



Goin' South



1976



The Missouri Breaks



The Last Tycoon



1975



One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest



Tommy



The Fortune



1974 



Chinatown



1973 



The Last Detail



1972 



The King of Marvin Gardens



1971



Drive, He Said



A Safe Place



Carnal Knowledge



1970 



Five Easy Pieces



On a Clear Day You Can See Forever



1969 



Rebel Rousers



Easy Rider



1968



Head



Psych-Out



1967



Ride in the Whirlwind



The Shooting



Hell's Angels on Wheels



1966



Flight to Fury



1964



Back Door to Hell



Ensign Pulver



1963



Thunder Island



The Terror



The Raven



1962



The Broken Land



1960



The Wild Ride



Studs Lonigan



Little Shop of Horrors



Too Soon to Love



1958 



The Cry Baby Killer