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Spouse: Sandra Knight (17 June 1962 - 8 August 1968) (divorced) 1 child


Recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. (1994)


Used to be a messenger boy for MGM's cartoon department.


Children: Jennifer Nicholson (b. 1963) with Sandra Knight; Caleb (b. 1970) with Susan Anspach; Honey Hollman (b. 1981) with Danish supermodel, Winnie Hollman; Lorraine Nicholson (b. 1990) and Raymond (b. 1992) with Rebecca Broussard.


He was the 2001 John F. Kennedy Center Honors recipient.


Dedicated his Oscar for As Good as It Gets (1997) to J.T. Walsh, his co-star in A Few Good Men (1992) who had died shortly before the Academy Awards in 1998.


In 1994, in an apparent bout of rage, he smashed a man's car window in with a golf club. He expressed remorse for the incident in an interview with US Magazine.


Loves jokes at his expense so much that he showed up at every Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, who in turn would incorporate Nicholson somehow in the telecast.


Lives on famed "Bad Boy Drive" a.k.a. Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, California. It's nicknamed so because its residents have included former Hollywood bad boys Warren Beatty, and the late Marlon Brando.


Avid Los Angeles Lakers fan and is often seated next to his good friend Lou Adler. He never misses a Lakers home game. Because of this, producers on his films must work the shooting schedule around the Lakers' schedule. Nicholson is also a life-long fan of the New York Yankees.


Was asked, along with Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, to play the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972).


Long refused to do any televised interviews except for press conferences. But in recent years, he has occasionally agreed to speak briefly when approached by reporters. He has not appeared on a talk show since 1971.


Flew to Cuba and met with Fidel Castro in June 1998. While there, he also met with leaders of the Cuban film industry, enjoyed local restaurants, jazz clubs and visited a famous cigar factory. He left greatly impressed with the country and its Communist dictator, who he described as "a genius", though the luxuries he was treated to on the island are off-limits to most Cuban citizens.


Has a second home in Aspen, Colorado.


Boyhood friend of Danny DeVito. Nicholson's relatives and DeVito's relatives ran a hair salon together.


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