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Jack Nicholson

In 1986, the New York Times said that "a case could be made that Jack Nicholson has inscribed an idiosyncratic character on the face of our age, one that has reflected and shaped the contemporary personality in a way that only a very few film actors have done. In support, the paper quoted the acclaimed film and stage director Mike Nichols, who directed Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge and Heartburn: "There is James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, and Henry Fonda. After that, who is there but Jack Nicholson. From his film debut as a juvenile delinquent in The Cry Baby Killer to his brilliant and honored performances in films throughout the last three decades, Nicholson has emerged as not only one of the most popular and celebrated actors of his generation, but also as one of American cinema's most charismatic movie stars. Stanley Kubrick, who directed Nicholson in The Shining, once said that Nicholson brings to a role the one unactable quality-great intelligence.

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Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown"

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Jack Nicholson "The Shining"

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