Image: Wild man of movies. [...].
Early life: Born John Joseph Nicholson on April 22, 1937, in New York. He never knew his biological father and was raised believing his grandmother was his mother and his mother was his older sister; he didn't discover the truth until a journalist told him in 1974. As a youngster he was recognised as the class clown, but had a passion for performance and eventually moved to Hollywood, where he earned a living working as a gofer for animation giants William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
Don't mention: The time he smashed a car spotlight on... Jack Nicholson Career: Made his film debut in low-budget drama The Cry Baby Killer in 1958, which began his long association with Roger Corman; Nicholson wrote, directed and appeared in movies for the legendary film-maker. His breakthrough came in 1969 when he was cast in Easy Rider - it earned him the first of many Oscar nominations. He went on to receive Oscar nods for Five Easy Pieces, The Last Detail and Chinatown, before winning for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. He would also go on to pick up statuettes for Terms of Endearment in 1984 and As Good as It Gets in 1998. Love life: Had an on-and-off relationship with actress Anjelica Huston, which spanned 16 years. He has several children by various women, including the only woman he's ever married - Sandra Knight.
windscreen with a golf club in a moment of rage. He now regrets the incident. Quote: "Star quality is if you're on stage and a cat walks on and they still watch you."
Tonight: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, BBC Two, 10.30pm.