Jack Nicholson is one of the most versatile and talented actors that Hollywood has ever had. The fact that he has 12 Academy nominations, the highest any male actor has ever had, aptly reflects his exemplary acting skills and prowess.
Nicholson first broke into the scene with the low-budget teen film ‘The Cry Baby Killer’ in 1958. With nothing actually going in his favour, Nicholson had almost quit acting but fate turned and ‘Easy Rider’ happened to him. The film not only proved to be his first successful venture but opened a new gateway for his career, also earning him his first of the many to follow Academy nominations. Nicholson’s role play of a hard drinking lawyer Geroge Hanson was critically and commercially lauded and contributed to his present filmography of top-grossing successful films like ‘Five Easy Pieces’, ‘Carnal Knowledge’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’, ‘As Good as It Gets’, ‘Terms of Endearment’ , ‘The Shinning’, ‘Reds’, ‘Prizzi’s Honor’, ‘Batman’, ‘Ironweed’ and so on.