Why Famous: Widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation. Known particularly for playing dark, neurotic characters, such as in "The Shining", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Chinatown".
Nicholson has won an Academy Award for Best Actor twice, for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and for the romantic drama "As Good as it Gets".
His 12 Oscar nominations make him the most nominated male actor in history. Nicholson is also the recipient of 6 Golden Globe Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
- 1962-06-17 Actor Jack Nicholson (25) weds Sandra Knight (22) in Los Angeles
- 1968-08-08 Actor Jack Nicholson (31) divorces Sandra Knight (28) after 6 years of marriage
- 1969-07-14 "Easy Rider", directed by Dennis Hopper, starring himself, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, is released
- 1974-06-20 "Chinatown", directed by Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released
- 1975-01-25 32nd Golden Globes: "Chinatown", Jack Nicholson, & Gena Rowlands win
- 1975-11-19 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" based on book by Ken Kesey, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1976)
- 1976-01-24 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win
- 1976-03-29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins
- 1980-05-23 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King
- 1985-06-13 "Prizzi's Honor", starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, and Anjelica Huston, is released
- 1989-06-23 Movie "Batman" premieres directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson
- 1994-02-08 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car
- 1997-12-23 "As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt
- 1998-03-23 70th Academy Awards: "Titanic", Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt win
- 2003-01-19 60th Golden Globes: The Hours, Jack Nicholson, & Nicole Kidman win