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Known for a roguish smile described as a "shark's grin" by Time magazine, Jack Nicholson was born April 22, 1937, in Neptune, N.J. After high school, he set out for Los Angeles and a few years later landed the title role in his first movie, The Cry Baby Killer (1958).

Nicholson appeared in small parts in a variety of films for the next several years, including The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and The Raven (1963). His memorable supporting turn in Easy Rider (1969) put him on the road to stardom, netting Nicholson his first Oscar nod, and he racked up more nominations for Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Last Detail (1973) and Chinatown (1974).

In 1976, Nicholson won the Best Actor Oscar for his sterling performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. He's since bagged two more statuettes: for Terms of Endearment (1983) and As Good as It Gets (1997). The iconic actor's other notable works include Reds (1981), Prizzi's Honor (1985), About Schmidt (2002) and The Bucket List (2007).

Jack Nicholson in Chinatown

Chinatown

1974 R

With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski's complex neonoir classic.

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