The Cry Baby Killer of Hollywood: Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson was born in 1937 in New Jersey. He lived a childhood which was more dramatic than any of the movies that he starred in. Jack was born to a 16-year-old showgirl known as June. Since it remained a mystery who was his father, Jack was handed over to his grandparents so that her mom could carry on with her dancing career. For a very long time Jack was led to believe that his grandparents were his actual parents and her mother was actually his sister, until one (much later in life) day he figured out the truth.

In school, Jack explored his acting instincts and was acknowledged by his peers. As he didn’t have any resources or contacts, Jack had to manage with the title of ‘Class Clown’ and ‘the boy always in detention’ to suffice his aspirations.

Having made up his mind about acting, Jack packed up his bag and moved to Hollywood once he turned 18. Luck didn’t seem to go his way for a long time though. He worked as a gofer (the one who carries stuff around) for animation guys Hannah and Barbera. Although he could have got a job as an animation artist, Jack declined the offer being firm in his decision to be an actor.

He found an inroad with a low budgeted feature film called The Cry Baby Killer. For almost 10 years he struggled to establish himself as an actor. He managed to catch some eyes with his acting skills but saw his career going nowhere. It was then Jack thought being contempt by handling ‘behind the camera’ works. Jack wrote and worked in production for an anticipated film of its time ‘Easy Rider’. God showered some bliss when a spot got open for an important role. Jack didn’t delay on pouncing at the opportunity. The role worked wonders and established himself as an actor and later as a legend. He is currently the most nominated actor in Oscars ever.

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Kumar manages the operations at The Testament. A perpetual learner, he finds inspiration in people, places and literature.

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