No male American film star of the post-Brando era has demonstrated the talent, the charisma, the larger-than-life audacity, and the string of screen triumphs of Jack Nicholson. In Jack's Life, Patrick McGilligan, one of our finest film historians, has produced the definitive biography of this most private and public of stars, from his tangled Dickensian upbringing in New JNo male American film star of the post-Brando era has demonstrated the talent, the charisma, the larger-than-life audacity, and the string of screen triumphs of Jack Nicholson. In Jack's Life, Patrick McGilligan, one of our finest film historians, has produced the definitive biography of this most private and public of stars, from his tangled Dickensian upbringing in New Jersey, his formative years as an actor and screenwriter, his near-accidental breakthrough to stardom in Easy Rider, and his string of great roles in Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Last Detail, The Shining, and other films that mark him as a searching, complex artist. Here as well is the often Rabelaisian life behind the smiling mask, the legendary romances and appetites for sex and drugs, the obsessions with money and control, and the perpetual restlessness....
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Jack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson Reviews
Biographies can be a little dry, so I only read them if they are about people I'm truly interested in. I have always found Jack to be mysterious and intriguing, so I was excited when I stumbled upon this book.I know Jack's career is a little before my time - I didn't really discover him until the 90s - so most of the information about his early days, while interesting, was more in depth than I needed. Once we finally got to films from the 80's (at the end of the book) I felt this period of his life was largely glossed over.I did enjoy reading about his childhood and how he got his start in Hollywood.
OK, this was a good but sad book. He thought he would be different but he ends up the same as some of his heroes like Brando--a sad lonely fella sitting around a dark house. He's a bit more honest & articulate than the others, but no better at managing the toubles in his life, i.e.women, love, legacy....
While a fan I wanted to read this more for the eras of Hollywood history it would cover. Nicholson is innately fascinating and this is a good companion piece to Star, the Warren Beatty biography. Unlike Star, Nicholson is revealed to be quite generous to his fellow actors and incredibly hard working despite his steep salary demands. Trouble is unlike Star, this book gets bogged down in his early and frankly less interesting days. This is my standard complaint about celebrity biographies so I'm not getting too in a twist about it. There are great tidbits about many classic movies in Nicholson's career and some great quotes from the man himself. Jack Nicholson is an icon, a great actor and an enigmatic presence. Here's a rant not so much about this book but iBooks. I went to buy this from them and it was 22 dollars and it was the 1996 edition. On Amazon, the current 2015 was nearly half that. If I could've read this digitally, I could've shaved weeks off the reading time. WHY would anyone pay double price for an incomplete book? Just wanted that on the record.
I liked it when I read it in the mid-90s.
Well written account of the actor's life. There are parts of this book that still haunt today such as when Jack discovers that his "sister" was really his mother. He then has to call up every one of his friends to tell them (before the National Rag publishes it). He hangs up the phone each time and sobs. Powerful imagery like that makes this book a must read.
This read more like a term paper to me than a biography. Just wasn't my taste, I guess,