35 Surprising Facts Most People Don't Realize About Jack Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson is hands down the greatest actor of his generation, and to accomplish this he has tried to lead a life out of the spotlight. He wants to be judged by his films, not his private life. A lot of his life remains a mystery which only adds to his legend.
Enjoy these 35 facts about Jack Nicholson that truly make him a legend.
35. On the set of The Shinning, Nicholson always appeared in character, and he was encouraged to improvise and go beyond the script.For He improvised his now famous "Here's Johnny!" line, along with the scene in which he's sitting at the typewriter and unleashes his anger upon his wife after she discovers he has gone insane when she looks at his writing
34. Early in his career he appeared in stage version of The Little Shop of Horrors, as masochistic dental patient and undertaker Wilbur Force.
33. Nicholson had been friends with the director Roman Polanski long before the murder of Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, at the hands of the Manson Family, and supported him in the days following the deaths. After Tate's death, Nicholson began sleeping with a hammer under his pillow, and took breaks from work to attend the Manson trial.
32. In a notorious 1994 road-rage incident, Nicholson infamously smashed up another driver's Mercedes with a two-iron. The star's golf instructor took pride, noting that, to do that kind of damage, "you have to have a near-perfect grip and a killer shoulder turn... and I taught those to Jack Nicholson."
31. One of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the 1990s.
30. When he first came to Hollywood he took a job as an office worker for animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio. They offered him a starting-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.
29. After his first screen test, Louis B. Mayer said to him: "I don't know what we can use you for but if we ever do need you, we'll need you real bad.".
28. Lives on famed "Bad Boy Drive" a.k.a. Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, California. It's nicknamed so because its residents have included former Hollywood bad boys Warren Beatty, and the late Marlon Brando.
27. The longest relationship he has ever been was an on and off relationship with actress Anjelica Huston, which lasted 17 years.
26. Roman Polanski was arrested at Nicholson's home for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer, who was modeling for Polanski during a magazine photo shoot around the pool. At the time of the incident, Nicholson was out of town making a film.
25. Loves jokes at his expense so much that he showed up at every Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, who in turn would incorporate Nicholson somehow in the telecast.
24. Is the only actor to play the Devil, The Joker, and a warewolf.
23. Most of Nicholson's performance in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) ended up on the cutting room floor, including a musical number sung by him.
22. Nicholson is "particularly proud" of his performance as the Joker and considers it a piece of pop art.
21. Dedicated his Oscar for As Good as It Gets (1997) to J.T. Walsh, his co-star in A Few Good Men (1992) who had died shortly before the Academy Awards in 1998.
20. Batman creator Bob Kane personally recommended him for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989).
19. The character Shipwreck from the animated G.I. Joe series of the 1980s was partly based on him (and partly based on Popeye the Sailor Man).
18. When first came to Hollywood he took any role he could get. This includes a guest appearance on two episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show."
17. The song "Santa Baby" in the film, Party Monster (1998) was recorded as a gift for the actor by the actress and recording artist, Cynthia Basinet, as were many other songs, including "Haunted Heart" and "Someone to Watch Over Me". She was later nominated for a shared Nobel in 2005.
16. With his win for As Good as It Gets (1997) in 1998, he became the first actor in 20 years to win both a Best Actor Golden Globe - Comedy and an Oscar for the same role.
15. His famous trademark sunglasses have prescription lenses, since he is very short-sighted.
14. Boyhood friends with Danny DeVito. Nicholson's relatives and DeVito's relatives managed a hair salon together.
13. At about 5'9", he is the shortest actor to have played "the Joker" in a (non fan-made) live-action Batman production. Cesar Romero stood 6'3", Heath Ledger, was 6'1", and the most recent "Joker" Jared Leto is 5'11".
12. Does not own a cellphone.
11. Is an accomplished and well payed "ghost writer" for the movie industry.
10. While accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Golden Globes, he noted that his first day of work as a film actor was May 5, 1955, which he took as a good omen as "5" was the jersey number of his boyhood idol, Joe DiMaggio. He attended DiMaggio's memorial service four months later.
9. In 1994, he became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
8. He trained to be an actor with a group called the Players Ring Theater, after which time he found small parts performing on the stage and in TV soap operas.
7. He was Kubrick's first choice to play the lead role in The Shinning, although the book's author, Stephen King, wanted the part played by more of an "everyman."
6. He himself has seldom been described as a method actor, however he believes "no one who understands Method acting better academically than I door actually uses it more in his work." The fact that he is able to fool everyone he considers an accomplishment.
5. In 2013, Nicholson co-presented the Academy Award for Best Picture with First Lady Michelle Obama. This ceremony marked the eighth time he has presented the Academy Award for Best Picture.
4. Is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. He has been a Laker season ticket holder since 1970 and has held court side season tickets for the past 25 years, 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. He was almost ejected from a Lakers playoff game in May 2003 after he yelled at the game's referee.
3. With 12 Academy Award nominations (eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor), Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history.
2. Co-wrote, with Bob Rafelson, the movie Head, which starred The Monkees. He also arranged the movie's soundtrack.
1. He was raised believing that his grandmother was his mother, and that his mother, June Frances Nicholson, a show-girl, was his older sister. He discovered the truth in 1975 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile on him.
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: