Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson celebrates his 85th birthday today. Take a look back at photo highlights from his life and career.
Ray Nitschke, the all-star linebacker of the Green Bay Packers, listens intently as Jack Nicholson, co-producer of a Hollywood movie starring the Monkees, tells him how to throw a block, Feb. 23, 1968 in Hollywood. Nitschke is making his acting debut portraying an amateur football player who blocks one of the Monkees in a battlefield scene. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)
Actor Jack Nicholson reads during the filming of his new movie, “Five Easy Pieces” September 1970. (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson, a nominee for best actor, arrives for the Academy Awards Show in Los Angeles, April 2, 1974. (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson is seen in New York City, where he is promoting his latest motion picture production “The Last Detail,” on February 26, 1974. (AP Photo)
Jack Nicholson portrays a private investigator in Los Angeles in the 1930’s, endangered when a seemingly routine case uncovers the private scandals of the city’s leading family, in “Chinatown,” on the CBS Television Network. 1974 photo. (AP Photo/CBS Television Network)
American actor Jack Nicholson and producer Gerald Ayres pose together during the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, on May 15, 1974, where they present the American entry “The Last Detail.” (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson nominated for best actor of the year for his role in “Chinatown” arrives for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., April 8, 1975. He is with an unidentified friend. (AP Photo)
A bottle of Denmark’s famous beer in one hand, and a glass in the other, Jack Nicholson strolls along a street in Copenhagen, February 27, 1976. The American actor is visiting Denmark to promote his latest motion picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson accepts his Oscar statuette at the 48th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Ca. on March 29, 1976. Nicholson won the best actor award for his performance in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” (AP Photo)
Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, who were antagonists as the wacky patient and mean nurse in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” had this reaction after both won Oscars in Los Angeles, March 30, 1976 as best actor and actress of the year. (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson tosses basketball back to referee prior to start of second half action on Wednesday, May 5, 1977 between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Francisco Golden State Warriors NBA playoff game in Los Angeles. Nicholson, a loyal fan who comes to many of the Lakers games, was very pleased at half-time as the Lakers came from 14 points behind to go ahead by two and later won the game 97-84. The Lakers won the nest of seven games 4-3 and will meet Portland Friday in the Western NBA playoffs. (AP Photo/IM)
Actor Jack Nicholson is seen with actress Anjelica Huston during the New York Film Critics Award at Sardi’s restaurant, New York City, on January 30, 1977. (AP Photo)
Singer Bette Midler with actor Jack Nicholson at an Equal Rights Amendment gathering at Joan Hackett’s home in Beverly hills, Calif., March 1978. (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson speaks at the 50th Annual Academy Awards presentation ceremony held at the Music Center in Los Angeles, Ca. on April 3, 1978. (AP Photo)
Actor Jack Nicholson holds up the Oscar he received as best supporting actor for his performance in “Terms of Endearment,” at the 56th annual Academy Awards show in Los Angeles, Calif., April 9, 1984. (AP Photo)
Anjelica Huston, winner of Oscar for best supporting actress for “Prizzi’s Honor,” arrives with actor Jack Nicholson for 58th annual Academy Award ceremony on March 24, 1986 in Los Angeles. Nicholson is nominated for best actor for “Prizzi’s Honor.” (AP Photo)
Jack Nicholson, top, is shown with his co-stars in “The Witches of Eastwick,” from left to right, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, 1987. (AP Photo)
Rock legend Bob Dylan, left, and actor Jack Nicholson laugh face-to-face at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, February 20, 1991. Dylan performed and was presented with one of four lifetime Achievement Awards. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Clint Eastwood, flanked by presenters Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand, holds his Oscars for best director and best film for his movie “Unforgiven” backstage Monday, March 30, 1993. This was the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson laugh together after winning the awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in a comedy or musical motion picture at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. Both won for their roles in “As Good As It Gets.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson, with dark glasses, chats with reporters during an anti-impeachment rally at the Federal Building in the Westwood section of Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec.16, 1998. Nicholson and about 1,000 people attended the star-studded anti-impeachment rally. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor Jack Nicholson speaks at an anti-impeachment rally at the Federal Building in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1998. Nearly 1,000 people attended the star-studded rally supporting President Clinton. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor Jack Nicholson, right, is joined by his son Raymond at the WBC middleweight championship bout between Bernard Hopkins and Howard Eastman in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Jack Nicholson watches a model walk the runway during his daughter Jennifer Nicholson’s Fall 2006 fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz fashion week in Culver City, Calif., Wednesday, March 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actor Jack Nicholson laughs before an NBA playoff game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actor Jack Nicholson speaks during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual installation luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. The HFPA, which holds the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15, 2007, presents donations to entertainment-related charities and film schools during the annual installation luncheon. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Academy Award winning actors Jack Nicholson, left, and Morgan Freeman are seated courtside during the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Jack Nicholson accepts the award for favorite villain for his role in “The Departed” during the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Sunday, June 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson gives a thumbs-up after tasting a birthday cake presented to him by the Los Angeles Laker Girls, at an NBA Western Conference first-round basketball playoff game between the Lakers and the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Los Angeles. Nicholson’s birthday was April 22. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actors Jack Nicholson, left, and Adam Sandler watch the action during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Jack Nicholson poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Jack Nicholson is seen at AFI’s 40th Anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson, right, kisses Billy Crystal as they arrive at AFI’s 40th Anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
U.S. actors Jack Nicholson, left, Morgan Freeman, interact as they arrive at the premiere of their film “The Bucket List” in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Bonnie Raitt sings a song in tribute to Paul Newman as Jack Nicholson, left, listens during the curtain call for the staged reading of “The World of Nick Adams,” to benefit the Painted Turtle, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall California Camp, at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. The Painted Turtle is an innovative camp and family care center for children with life-threatening illnesses.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
California Hall of Fame inductee Jack Nicholson, left, receives his medal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during a ceremony at the California Museum of History, Women and Arts in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
U.S. actor Jack Nicholson poses at a press conference to promote his latest movie “The Bucket List” in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Actor Jack Nicholson gestures toward the Orlando Magic bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Magic won 109-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson, right sings authographs after a ceremony honoring friend Dennis Hopper, not seen, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, Mar. 26, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Actor Jack Nicholson waves the green flag to start the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Actor Jack Nicholson acknowledges the crowd as he receives an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University during its 243rd commencement exercises Sunday May 29, 2011, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
George Clooney, from left, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck pose with their award for best picture for “Argo” pose with presenter Jack Nicholson, right, during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal, second from right, is congratulated by actor Jack Nicholson, right, as former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, left, and Jeanie Buss, Lakers executive vice president of business operations, look on after they retired his jersey during the half of the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actor Jack Nicholson, right, and rapper Tory Lanez, center, watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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