He has been retired from public life for years. health problemsIn fact, sources close to the actor have acknowledged that Jack Nicholson He lives retired in his mansion in Los Angeles, where he barely leaves, but remains cared for by his four daughters and his son, Raymond. It is he who accompanies him to see the Los Angeles Lakers, of whom they are enthusiastic followers. Thanks to these NBA games that he doesn’t miss, he can be seen enjoying himself with that usual joy and ease.
For some time now, the American media have been assuring that Nicholson suffers from Alzheimer’s and that his difficulties in memorizing his roles were the reason for leaving the cinema. In fact, the last movie he shot was in 2010.
Disappeared from public life due to health problems since 2013, Nicholson has given his all as an actor, and perhaps for both reasons he recognized a few years ago: “I no longer feel the need to get back in front of the camera.”
a cult actor
One of the actors with the most personality and talent, specially trained to get as much emotional expressiveness as possible, Jack Nicholson has an enviable versatility, he embroiders comic and dramatic characters alike… but especially difficult, complicated, psychopathic or disturbed personalities, and in any genre, comedy, drama, thrillers or horror.
After several minor jobs, including directing, it was “Easy Rider” (1969), directed by his party friend, Dennis Hopper, the film that catapulted him to fame and his first Oscar nomination. But it was also when he became addicted to drugs, on a shoot in which he came to work -they say- totally smoked in one of his sequences, the one with the bonfire.
If his brilliant performance in “Chinatown” (1974), from Roman Polansky, brought him all the fame and popularity, his first Oscar for Best Actor, came with the disturbing film by Milos Forman, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) where he had to fight madness, to be embraced by her in “The Shining” (1980) by Stanley Kubrick.
By then he had already become a star, all the directors required him, even Francis Ford Coppola himself was allowed to reject “The Godfather”. In 1983 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “La Fuerza del Cariño” and for the third time he received it, for Best Actor, for “Best…Impossible” (1997) for his portrayal of a maniacal successful writer, with an unbearable ego. …which turns out to be charming in the end.
He was the eternal Joker in “Batman” (1989) Tim Burton, the colonel of Guantánamo in “A few good men” (1992), searched for the meaning of life in “About Schmidt” (2002) and put himself under the orders of Scorsese in “The Departed” (2006). And so, up to 63 titles.
Nicholson can boast of a long and successful career that includes unforgettable and unrepeatable roles, an “animal” of interpretation (never better said because he left us open-mouthed as a werewolf), which he knew how to find in the excessiveness of his personality. , the balance of his career.
a family secret
John Josephn Nicholson He was born in New Jersey on April 22, 1937 in a middle class family, the father was a window dresser and the mother a hairdresser. He had two sisters or at least that was what he always believed. But it wasn’t like that.
Nicholson found out at the age of 37 that “his older sister,” June, the one who left home at age 20 with dreams of becoming an actress when he was 3, was actually his mother, and those whom he always held for his parents were actually his grandparents. June got pregnant at the age of 17, she was single and aspired to be an artist, so her parents decided to hide it and take care of the baby so as not to slow down their daughter’s career… And they did it so well that they never told her. they said.
It would not be a coincidence that Jack also decided to follow in the footsteps of what he believed to be his sister, and at a very young age he left for Los Angeles to try to make a career in Hollywood. And boy did he do it! At the age of 17 he entered the Metro Goldwyn Mayer and although it was not as an actor, at least he was in the right place. She trusted him and knew his chance would come.
He had to wait at the age of 37, for 1974, when after the premiere of “Chinatown”, which was a complete success, and as a result of a documentary about his life (Dr. Jack and Mr. Nicholson), the truth came to light , a drama that not even the most daring of screenwriters would think of for a film.
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By then both his mother and grandparents had already died, but his other “sister”, that is, his aunt Lorraine, corroborated the facts. And about his father? He affirms that he was never interested in delving into it…, but apparently it was an old acquaintance of the family who also had relations with the mother, a despicable being who never manifested himself until the actor’s triumph, it was then when he called the press to acknowledge his paternity.
a troubled guy
Temperamental, rebellious and fickle, his biographers agree that for much of his life he was a tormented guy, “assiduous drug user, obsessed with sex even unable to maintain stable relationships” with any of the hundreds of women who went through his life, almost all spectacular actresses, models or singers, an impressive sentimental history, although he only married once, with Sandra Knight (1962-1966) mother of his daughter, Jennifer.
He had romances with other actresses like winnie hollman (with whom he had another daughter Honey Hollman), Rebecca Broussard (mother of Raymond and Lorraine) or Candice Bergen; and singers like Joni Mitchell or Michelle Phillips, from “The Mamas and the Papas”, when she had separated from her to marry Dennis Hopper, whom she left after a week for Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard. AP.
The list is endless. Rachel Ward, Bianca Jagger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Melanie Griffith… and even the mother of the current Canadian Prime Minister, Margaret Trudeau, even the unstable Cristina Onassis surrendered to his magnetism, but it was Anjelica Huston, the woman who understood him best. , or at least, the one that lasted the longest, almost 17 years (1973-1989), but counting the comings and goings.
But behind these eccentricities, or weaknesses, there was a cultured man, with concerns, one of the most prepared actors of his generation, interested in knowledge, literature, art and philosophy: “I -he said- I am passionate about knowing everything, life, study in any branch of knowledge”.