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


How Do You Know


The Bucket List


The Departed


Something's Gotta Give

Anger Management


About Schmidt


The Pledge


As Good As It Gets


The Evening Star

Mars Attacks!

Blood and Wine


The Crossing Guard




A Few Good Men


Man Trouble


The Two Jakes





The Witches of Eastwick

Broadcast News




Prizzi's Honor


Terms of Endearment


The Border


The Postman Always Rings Twice



The Shining


Goin' South


The Missouri Breaks

The Last Tycoon


One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest


The Fortune




The Last Detail


The King of Marvin Gardens


Drive, He Said

A Safe Place

Carnal Knowledge


Five Easy Pieces

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever


Rebel Rousers

Easy Rider





Ride in the Whirlwind

The Shooting

Hell's Angels on Wheels


Flight to Fury


Back Door to Hell

Ensign Pulver


Thunder Island

The Terror

The Raven


The Broken Land


The Wild Ride

Studs Lonigan

Little Shop of Horrors

Too Soon to Love


The Cry Baby Killer