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Jack Nicholson Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Jack Nicholson worth? $400 million

How did Jack Nicholson earn his money and wealth?

Born in 1937 as John Joseph Nicholson, Jack Nicholson is one of the most experienced actors in the industry who has been performing for over 60 years. Nicholson stepped in to Hollywood at the age of 17 to pay a visit to his showgirl mother who he had mistaken for his sister. He ended up taking the job of an office worker there. He then started his acting training with a group called Players Ring Theater following which he grabbed himself a few minor roles in soap operas and on stage. He debuted on the big screen with a low-budget movie “The Cry Baby Killer” that released in 1958. He then became a constant in movies of producer Roger Corman who directed him in movies like “The Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Raven” and “The Terror”.

After over a decade of trying out an acting career, Nicholson couldn’t taste the success he was in pursuit of and that motivated him to switch his role and move behind the camera. He began writing screenplays. His first screenplay was for the movie “The Trip”. The big break in Nicholson’s career was in 1969 with his role as a hard-drinking lawyer in the movie “Easy Rider” that also won him his first Oscar nomination. The movie was a grand commercial success grossing at $40million. The movie “Five Easy Pieces” that released the very next year was another milestone in Jack Nicholson’s career as an actor and earned him the title of “the new American antihero”.  

Nicholson bagged himself a Cannes Award for Best Actor in 1973 with Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail”. The most prominent work of Jack Nicholson was the role of a mentally ill patient Randle P McMurphy he portrayed in Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975. This role earned Nicholson an Academy Award in the Best Actor Category. Other significant movies of Jack Nicholson include “The Passenger”, “The Shining”, “The Border” and “Terms of Endearment”. The Shining has been acknowledged among the greatest horror movies of all time with director Martin Scorsese nominating it among his list of the 11 scariest movies of all time. 

He received his second Academy Award for “Terms of Endearment” in 1983. 1989 saw the release of “Batman” in which Nicholson played the villainous role of Joker that gained him international acceptance as an actor. The film grossed at $90 million and Nicholson managed to negotiate a lucrative deal wherein he gets a percentage of the movie’s earnings.

During his 60 year long career, Nicholson has 3 Academy Awards, 7 Golden Globes and a prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award to his credit. Presently at the age of 80, Nicholson is yet again ready to hit the big screens with a role in the English remake of “Toni Erdmann”.

What are the highest grossing movies of Jack Nicholson?

  1. Batman (1989) – $251,188,924
  2. As Good as It Gets (1997) – $148,478,011
  3. A Few Goodmen (1992) – $141,340,178
  4. The Departed (2006) – $132,384,300

Read More: Best Movies of Jack Nicholson

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