No play and all work make Jack a dull guy. Well, this Jack is definitely no dull man and he is, in fact, one of the most interesting
personalities of our time. His career has been marked by legendary movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Shining”. The most favorite Hollywood lunatic has shown his acting versatility in his recent roles in rom coms.
Jack Nicholson is an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter. He was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. Nicholson grew up in Manasquan, New Jersey. The Oscar winning actor is well-known for numerous memorable roles in his fifty-seven year-old career, but the iconic actor also has a lesser known side to him. Here’s a list of these lesser known facts about Jack Nicholson.
They present a chronicle of Nicholson’s diverse parentage, his early years in Hollywood’s bowels, as well as some famous career highlights and relationship timelines. In this article, we will present top interesting facts about Jack Nicholson. Let’s take a look!
1. He was voted by his classmates as the 1954 Manasquan High “Class Clown,” which was prescient for a man who went on to play one of the most famous clowns of all time, the Joker.
2. He loves professional wrestling. Turns out Nicholson’s sports mania doesn’t begin and end with the Lakers. He’s petitioned to induct Ric Flair into the WWE Hall of Fame and cites John Cena as one of his favorite wrestlers. Nicholson has also said that if he can get Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp to be a part of it, he will start his own wrestling promotion. Hey, if anyone can make that happen, Jack can.
3. Following Brando’s death, to protect his friend’s legacy, Nicholson bought the late actor’s dilapidated mansion and tore it down so that it wouldn’t be seen as a symbol of Brando’s decay.
4. In 1998, Nicholson flew to Cuba and met Fidel Castro who he described as “a genius” and left with a very good impression of the country. Of course, being Jack Nicholson, he probably experienced a far more luxurious version of Cuba than most Cubans.
5. He wrote a movie starring the Monkees. A year before Jack hopped onto the back of a motorcycle in Easy Rider, he was hanging with Davy Jones and the gang. Nicholson penned the movie Head which filmmakers touted as the “most extraordinary adventure, western, comedy, love story, mystery, drama, musical, documentary satire ever made.” Nicholson also makes an appearance in the flick, along with Annette Funicello, Teri Garr, Frank Zappa, and Sonny Liston.
6. 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 1974 from a Time magazine journalist who was researching a profile on him.
7. Both June and Ethel had already since passed. On the revelation, Nicholson said it was “a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn’t what I’d call traumatizing. I was pretty well psychologically formed.”
8. He was childhood friends with Danny DeVito. It’s hard to picture Nicholson as a little boy, but what’s even harder to imagine is him as a child hanging with Danny DeVito. But the two were buddies growing up together in New Jersey where both their families owned a hair salon together. The friendship continued with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest in which they co-starred and Hoffa which DeVito and directed and Nicholson helmed.
9. Nicholson, an avid basketball fan, can frequently be found in courtside seats at Los Angeles Lakers games. Contrary to popular belief, Nicholson never had production companies schedule the filming of a movie he was in to accommodate his attendance at sporting events. Nicholson is also a life-long fan of the New York Yankees.
10. He almost became a cartoonist. What would Yogi Bear look like had he been the brainchild of Jack Nicholson? As fate would have it, we’ll never know. Nicholson’s first gig in Hollywood was as a gofer for William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at MGM’s cartoon studio. After seeing some sketches of Nicholson’s, the future owners of Hanna-Barbera asked young Jack to joined their animation team. Nicholson turned the job down, stating his heart was set on acting.