You’ve probably heard many things about the one of the richest bad boys in Hollywood – Jack Nicholson.
You know that he is huge Los Angeles Lakers fun, that he hated working on Kubrick’s The Shining, that he grew up with Danny DeVito and he bought Marlon Brando’s home after he died…
But here are 10 more fun facts that you haven’t read in tabloids:
1. Famous scene from “Five Easy Pieces” really happened to him once at a Hollywood restaurant called “Pupi’s”. He told to the film’s screenwriter, Carole Eastman to put that incident into the script.
2. He has directed three films: “Drive, He Said” (1971), a western in which he also starred as an outlaw “Goin’ South” (1978) and “The Two Jakes” (1990)
3. He is a democrat.
4. The devilish lead role in “The Witches of Eastwick” was initially supposed to go to Bill Murray, but he dropped out.
5. Nicholson was married only once, to actress Sandra Knight, from 1962-68. They had a daughter, Jennifer, born in 1963.
6. He’s most famous early role was as the masochistic dental patient in Corman’s “Little Shop of Horrors” (1960)
7. Jack holds the record for male actors Oscar nominations. From twelve nominations he has won three awards, for best actor in One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1976) and As good as it gets (1998), and best supporting actor in “Terms of endearment” (1984)
8. He wrote and produced a film for The Monkees. The Head (1968) is strung together with countless musical numbers, satire scenes and references to issues of the time, including the Vietnam War.
9. He wasn’t the first choice for the role as rebellious mental patient Randle Patrick McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. He got the part after Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Burt Reynolds and James Caan turned it down.
10. Prior to playing The Joker, he was considered for Lex Luthor in Superman (1978). That role ultimately went to Gene Hackman.