Jack Nicholson is one of the wealthiest actors and filmmakers in America with a net worth of $400 million. Nicholson has accumulated his wealth from an impressive Hollywood career that spans over 6 decades.
Being a box office darling during his days in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, Nicholson continued to command top dollar into the new millennium.
The veteran actor is one of the most awarded actors in Hollywood with 3 Oscars and 6 Golden Globe Awards under his belt. Here is a breakdown of how Nicholson became so rich and how he spends his millions. You will also get to read a detailed description of Jack’s life, about his mother, his wife and children.
Jack Nicholson Bio, Wiki, Mother
The legendary Jack Nicolson was born on April 22, 1937, in Neptune City, New Jersey to an 18-year-old showgirl, June Nicholson who was unsure of his real father. Luckily, her parents agreed to raise Jack as their own child. It was at the age of 37 that Jack discovered via a Time Magazine report that his sister was actually his mom. Albeit a dramatic scenario, Jack was nowhere close to being traumatized.
Nicholson attended Manasquan High School where his sense of humour landed him the class clown vote of 1954. His acts also landed him in detention for a year. Jack moved to Hollywood at the age of 17 and worked first as an office assistant at the MGM cartoon studio.
After honing his acting skills with a small group, his acting career began in the late 50s. Like every other upcoming actor, Jack began with low-budget movies. Frustrated by his slow start, he retired to behind-the-camera roles writing and directing movies. Jack returned to on-screen roles after his first breakthrough — a supporting role in 1969’s “Easy Rider” which was a box-office hit, making $60 million against a $360,000 budget. The film also brought Jack his first of 12 subsequent Academy Award nominations.
After that initial breakthrough, Jack immediately took the movie world by storm with his subsequent films. His acting prowess quickly made him a highly sought actor, increasing his paycheck. Nicholson started the 1970s with “Five Easy Pieces,” earning a back-to-back Academy Award nomination. By the mid-1970s, Nicholson began earning 6 figures per role. The 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” became one of his most outstanding performances. He earned $1 million for the role as well as his FIRST OSCAR AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR.
Jack bagged his second Oscar Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in “Terms of Endearment” (1983). The 1980s ended with the highly acclaimed Joker role in Batman (1989) which Nicholson says is the finest performance of his career.
While the box office smash hit didn’t bring him an Oscar, it did swell up his bank account. Thanks to his star power, Nicholson was able to cut a deal with the filmmakers to benefit from a certain percentage of the movie’s entire gross. Batman grossed $411.3 million against a $35 million budget, paying Jack a whopping $90 million. That does not include the $6 million base salary he received for the role. Batman remains the best grossing film of his career.
Nicholson has been hugely credited for his versatility with roles. He won his third Academy Award and second in the Best Actor category for his role in the 1997 romantic comedy film, “As Good as It Gets.” The movie is the second best grossing of his career. Jack was able to score a number of notable movies in the new millennium. They include: About Schmidt (2002), Anger Management (2003), The Departed (2006), The Bucket List (2007) and How Do You Know (2010).
With age as the limiting factor, Nicholson seldom acts or make public appearances. However, your favourite film villain doesn’t want you to think of him as retired.
Salary and Earnings Per Film
Here is a look at some of Jack Nicholson’s films and how much he earned from them. He has starred in over 80 films with a combined box office gross of over $400 million.
The Missouri Breaks (1976) – $1.25 million, $12.5 million 10% of gross
The Shining (1980) – $1.25 million
Terms of Endearment (1983) – $1 million base salary, $9 million profit percentage
Heartburn (1986) – $4 million
Ironweed (1987) – $5 million
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) – $6 million
The Two Jakes (1990) -$6 million
A Few Good Men (1992) – $5 million
Hoffa (1992) – $10 million
Wolf (1994) – $13 million
As Good as It Gets (1997) – $15 million
The Pledge (2001) – $10 million
About Schmidt (2002) – $10 million
Anger Management (2003) – $20 million
Jack has earned the right to live in the lap of luxury. An art aficionado, his collection is said to be worth over $100 million. They include works by Picasso, Matisse, Tamara de Lempicka, and Warhol. He has numerous real estate properties scattered around the country. Nicholson lives in a bungalow in Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills which he bought in 2004 for $6.1 million. He has also made some money off house sales. In 2013, he sold his Aspen mansion for $11 million.
During his prime, Jack was famed for his wild lifestyle and multiple affairs. His only marriage to Sandra Knight lasted for 6 years (from 1962 to 1968) and produced a daughter. Though Jack never remarried he went on to have a very active sex life. His numerous affairs produced 5 children.
Jack Nicholson Son, Daughter, Wife, Children
Jack Nicholson has a son Raymond and a daughter Lorraine with actress Rebecca Broussard. Lorraine was born on April 16, 1990, while Raymond was born on February 20, 1992.
These are only two out of Jack’s other children. Nicholson had on-and-off relationships with several women, creating a little controversy over the paternity of his children.
Nevertheless, Jack Nicholson was married just once. He only got married to Sandra Knight in 1962. The couple got divorced in 1968 though they separated two years before. Their short span romance gave birth to a daughter Jennifer who was born on September 16, 1963.
Nicholson’s flings and affairs with other women came back to hunt him when actress Susan Anspach contended that her son, Caleb Goddard who was born on September 26, 1970, was fathered by Nicholson. The actor had refuted her claims. Nicholson also fathered a daughter, Honey Hollman after he had something to do with Danish model Winnie Hollman
In all, Jack has five children. Apart from Raymond and Lorraine which came from his romance with actress Rebecca Broussard, there is Jennifer from his only marriage to actress Sandra Knight; Caleb whose mother is actress Susan Anspach and Honey the daughter of model Winnie Hollman.