John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American
actor and filmmaker,
having performed for nearly 60 years.
He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy,
romance and dark portrayals of excitable and psychopathic characters.
In many of his films he played the "eternal outsider, the sardonic drifter",
and someone who rebels against the social structure.
Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history.
Nicholson has won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, one for the drama
One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest
(1975) and the other for the romantic comedy
As Good as It Gets
He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the comedy-drama
Terms of Endearment
Nicholson is one of three male actors to win three Academy Awards.