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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson!

Today, we're celebrating the 75th birthday of the legendary, three-time Academy Award-winning actor, Jack Nicholson. He started acting in the mid-1950s and made his first feature film appearance in 1958's The Cry Baby Killer, but it wasn't until his performance in 1969's Easy Rider that he truly entered the public consciousness. Six years later, after hitting it big in 1974's Chinatown, Nicholson won his first Oscar for his leading role in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and a star was born. Since then, Jack has appeared in such big-time fare as 1980's The Shining, 1983's Terms of Endearment, 1989's Batman, 1992's A Few Good Men, 1997's As Good As It Gets and 2006's The Departed. Most recently, audiences have seen Nicholson in 2010's How Do You Know, and it is currently unknown as to what his next project might be. And so, to celebrate his birthday, I've listed my ten favorite of his performances, and I've managed to find clips for each for your viewing pleasure. Once again, happy birthday, Jack!


10. President James Dale
Mars Attacks! (1996)

*****

9. Edward
The Bucket List (2007)

*****

8. Dr. Buddy Rydell
Anger Management (2003)

*****

7. Warren Schmidt
About Schmidt (2002)

*****

6. Joker / Jack Napier
Batman (1989)

*****

5. Melvin Udall
As Good As It Gets (1997)

*****

4. Wilbur Force
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

*****

3. Frank Costello
The Departed (2006)

*****

2. Jack Torrance
The Shining (1980)

*****

1. R.P. McMurphy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

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