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Jack Nicholson - one of the best actors in history
casino blog
30 September 2009

Jack Nicholson - one of the best actors in historyJack Nicholson is one of the most revered actors in Hollywood’s long and illustrious history. Starring in classics, like The Shining, Chinatown, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, early on in his career, Jack set the stage for a classic on-screen demeanor that he would carry on through mega-hits like The Witches of Eastwick, Wolf and The Bucket List.

Nicholson’s mere presence in A Few Good Men made the movie a smash hit. His famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!” is one of the most-repeated movie lines of all time. At 72 years of age, Nicholson is still going strong.

The man we know as “Jack” was born John Joseph Nicholson on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. A child of the Great Depression, Nicholson’s early life was typical Americana, and he got by on very little. Jack wanted to be an actor by the time he was finished with school, and shortly after he graduated at age 17, he moved out west to Los Angeles to try to break into the business.

Nicholson’s true life story is much like a Hollywood tale, and many actors have tried his approach since. He was working as an office boy at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and eventually caught a break and landed a role in The Cry-Baby Killer, a 1958 horror film by Roger Corman.

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