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John Joseph Nicholson
John Joseph Nicholson
Neptune City, New Jersey, US
Date of Birth:
April 22, 1937
Date of Death:
Actor, Filmmaker

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor. Nicholson portrayed the Joker in Batman, and both Art Land & James Dale in Mars Attacks!.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1958 The Cry Baby Killer Jimmy Wallace Jus Addiss
1960 Too Soon to Love Buddy Richard Rush
1960 The Wild Ride Johnny Varron Harvey Berman
1960 The Little Shop of Horrors Wilbur Force Roger Corman
1960 Studs Lonigan Weary Reilly Irving Lerner
1962 The Broken Land Will Brocious John A. Bushelman
1963 The Raven Rexford Bedlo Roger Corman
1963 The Terror Andre Duvalier Roger Corman
1963 Thunder Island Jack Leewood Writer
1964 Flight to Fury Jay Wickham Monte Hellman Also writer
1964 Back Door to Hell Burnett Monte Hellman
1964 Ensign Pulver Dolan Joshua Logan
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Gino, Hit Man Roger Corman Uncredited
1967 Hells Angels on Wheels Poet Richard Rush
1967 The Trip Roger Corman Writer
1968 Psych-Out Stoney Richard Rush
1968 Head Movie Director in Restaurant Bob Rafelson Uncredited cameo
Also producer and writer
1969 Easy Rider George Hanson Dennis Hopper
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Tad Pringle Vincente Minnelli
1970 The Rebel Rousers Bunny Martin B. Cohen
1970 Five Easy Pieces Robert Eroica Dupea Bob Rafelson
1971 Carnal Knowledge Jonathan Fuerst Mike Nichols
1971 A Safe Place Mitch Henry Jaglom
1971 Drive, He Said Himself Writer, producer and director
1972 The King of Marvin Gardens David Staebler Bob Rafelson
1973 The Last Detail Signalman 1st Class Billy L. "Badass" Buddusky Hal Ashby
1974 Chinatown J. J. "Jake" Gittes Roman Polanski
1975 The Passenger David Locke Michelangelo Antonioni
1975 The Fortune Oscar Sullivan Mike Nichols
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Randle Patrick "Mac" McMurphy Miloš Forman
1975 Tommy The Specialist Ken Russell
1976 The Missouri Breaks Tom Logan Arthur Penn
1976 The Last Tycoon Brimmer Elia Kazan
1978 Goin' South Henry Lloyd Moon Himself Also director
1980 The Shining Jack Torrance Stanley Kubrick
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Frank Chambers Bob Rafelson
1981 Reds Eugene O'Neill Warren Beatty
1982 The Border Charlie Smith Tony Richardson
1983 Terms of Endearment Garrett Breedlove James L. Brooks
1985 Prizzi's Honor Charley Partanna John Huston
1986 Heartburn Mark Forman Mike Nichols
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Daryl Van Horne George Miller
1987 Broadcast News Bill Rorich James L. Brooks
1987 Ironweed Francis Phelan Héctor Babenco
1989 Batman Jack Napier / The Joker Tim Burton
1990 The Two Jakes J. J. "Jake" Gittes Himself Also director and uncredited producer
1992 Man Trouble Eugene Earl Axline / Harry Bliss Bob Rafelson
1992 A Few Good Men Colonel Nathan R. Jessup Rob Reiner
1992 Hoffa James R. "Jimmy" Hoffa Danny DeVito
1994 Wolf Will Randall Mike Nichols
1995 The Crossing Guard Freddy Gale Sean Penn
1996 Blood and Wine Alex Gates Bob Rafelson
1996 The Evening Star Garrett Breedlove Robert Harling
1996 Mars Attacks! President James Dale / Art Land Tim Burton
1997 As Good as It Gets Melvin Udall James L. Brooks Won Best Actor Award
2001 The Pledge Jerry Black Sean Penn
2002 About Schmidt Warren R. Schmidt Alexander Payne
2003 Anger Management Dr. Buddy Rydell Peter Segal
2003 Something's Gotta Give Harry Sanborn Nancy Meyers
2006 The Departed Francis "Frank" Costello Martin Scorsese
2007 The Bucket List Edward Cole Rob Reiner
2010 How Do You Know Charles Madison James L. Brooks
1962 Challenge Franciscan Priest


Year Title Role Notes
1956 NBC Matinee Theater Musician's Son Episode: "Are You Listening?"
1960 Mr. Lucky Martin Episode: "Operation Fortuna?"
1960 The Barbara Stanwyck Show Bud Episode: "The Mink Coat"
1961 Tales of Wells Fargo Tom Washburn Episode: "That Washburn Girl"
1961 Sea Hunt John Stark Episode: "Round Up"
1961 Bronco Bob Doolin Episode: "The Equalizer"
1962 Hawaiian Eye Tony Morgan Episode: "Total Eclipse"
1966 Dr. Kildare Jaime Angel 4 episodes
1966–67 The Andy Griffith Show Marvin Jenkins / Mr. Garland 2 episodes
1966 Ride in the Whirlwind Wes Television film; also writer and producer
1966 The Shooting Billy Spear Television film; also producer
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett Tom Murdock Episode: "A Son for a Son"
1986 Elephant's Child Narrator Voice
Television short