Jack Nicholson turns 77 today, and is one of the finest actors in the history of film. From his 12 Oscar Nominations (the most for any male actor) to his three Oscar wins a number beaten only by Katherine Hepburn's 4 wins and tied by only 4 other performers) Nicholson has the awards shelf to prove his talent.
In 1970, Nicholson got his first nomination for his brilliant supporting performance in Easy Rider. In '71 he was nominated again, this time for a lead role, in Five Easy Pieces. 1974 would see his third nom for The Last Detail, and in '75 he got nominated for his acclaimed performance in Chinatown (and was robbed of the win. Then, in 1976, he was nominated for the third consecutive year, and this time took home the prize.
He would later be nominated, but not win, for Reds, Prizzi's Honor, Ironweed, A Few Good Men, and About Schmidt.
But let's take a look at those three performances in those brilliant roles deemed worthy of an Academy Award…