Jack Nicholson; The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Jack Nicholson, is one of the greatest actors the world has ever seen, and a living legend like whom none have ever been nor will there be another like him. Jack is eternal.


John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is a retired legendary American actor who has been one of the biggest stalwarts of Hollywood for close to 6 decades and within that period he has delivered some of the most iconic performances that the world of cinema has ever seen.

I have never wanted to be a writer, and/or, I have always wanted to be a writer. It is kind of a paradox that my mind created itself as a result of how I lived till today, the experiences I had, the people I met in varients of incidents, and, the world of storytelling that kept me sane and grounded in reality. Because of that, I came to know that they are not just a medium of entertainment and rather hold something magical.

Pop-Culture has always been influential in our world as most of you may know. During the Third Reich, the period of Hitler’s tyranny was when German Expressionism bloomed and revolutionized the film industry. Films have made and destroyed nations.

Films are just the modern way of storytelling. We humans have been practicing the culture of storytelling since ancient times so it has become a massive part of our lives.

When I came upon the world of storytelling I found that there are so many ways I can express myself, the things I have learned, the emotions I have felt, and the decisions I had made. Without knowing oneself none can enter the world of creating a story though.

Creating or writing or drawing or any kind of method can be used to express art and one view and values.

You are probably thinking the title is about Jack Nicholson and this guy is spewing nonsense. The thing about Jack is that he is just amazing as an actor and also as a human being. The charisma he held was just on a level of its own. There is no one like him and nor will ever be another Jack Nicholson. He is an enigma, a force of nature that you cannot stop and just adjust to deal with it.

let’s have a look at his acting persona by listing Ten of his all-time great performances,

Easy Rider (1969)

The role: George Hanson

Easy Rider tapped an underserved youth audience and helped to usher in the so-called New Hollywood era of personal films that upended the studio status quo. Nicholson’s D.H. Lawrence–toasting small-town southern lawyer, who befriends New Orleans–bound bikers Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper), put him on the map after years of low-budget indies (Little Shop of Horrors) and TV (The Andy Griffith Show). He rides away with this counterculture classic … easily.

Batman (1989)

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

The role: Jack Napier (The Joker)

Nicholson swings for the fences and puts his inimitable stamp on mob henchman-turned-super villain, the Joker. He reset the Cesar Romero template from the 1960s Batman TV series to create grotesque and truly terrifying yang to Batman’s yin.

As Good as It Gets (1997)

The role: Melvin Udall

Nicholson earned his third Academy Award for his high-wire performance as the prickly best-selling author Melvin, a self-sabotaging misanthrope who alienates one and all and is constantly getting called out on his s–t. But it’s a joy to watch his empathy emerge courtesy of a Brussels Griffon and a single mother (Oscar winner Helen Hunt).

Terms of Endearment (1983)

The role: Garrett Breedlove

When it comes to helicopter moms, Shirley MacLaine’s Aurora Greenway is a CH-53K King Stallion. Nicholson earned his second Oscar as her neighbor, a libertine former astronaut, who loosens her up but who grows up in the process.

The Shining (1980)


The role: Jack Torrance

A creatively blocked author is installed as the caretaker of a remote and deserted hotel in the dead of winter. What could possibly go wrong? It’s not a question of whether Jack Torrance will go insane and attack his wife and spooky son, but how soon? After all, all work and no play …

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

The role: Robert Dupea

Perhaps the most disaffected of Nicholson’s spectacular 1970s run of iconic rebellious characters, Robert, the society dropout who turned his back on his family’s wealth and values, was made for his tumultuous times.

Bucket List (2007)

The Role: Jack

Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson share the same screen as the two leads in a movie. This movie should be on everyone’s bucket list if not already watched.

A Few Good Men (1992)

The role: Col. Nathan Jessup

Kevin Pollak has great stories about the making of Rob Reiner’s all-star adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s play. One of the most telling concerns was Reiner having to ask Nicholson to put in some “off-the-clock” time to film some pickup shots. Nicholson was receiving a reported $500,000 a day for his 10 days of work, but the 10 days were up. Nicholson honored Reiner’s request, no problem. He explained to the director, “I love to act.”

Chinatown (1974)

The role: J.J. Gittes

Roman Polanski’s pitch-perfect neo-noir mystery boasts Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning script and one of Nicholson’s most iconic and invested performances as the 1930s L.A. private detective who may think he knows what he’s dealing with in the Hollis Mulwray murder case, but believe me, he doesn’t.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

The role: Randall P. McMurphy

One of three films to win the top five Oscars (best picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay). Nicholson’s Randle P. McMurphy is one of those alchemic pairings of actor and character. It’s everything we love about Nicholson. McMurphy may or may not be faking mental illness to get out of his work detail, but he must be crazy to be unwittingly committed to a mental institution and engage in a battle of wills with the indomitable Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

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