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However, he was disappointed with how the film turned out and blamed the editing which turned it into a "predictable" film and said so publicly. Nicholson also co-wrote, with Bob Rafelson, the movie Head, which starred The Monkees. After a spot opened up in Fonda and Hopper's Easy Rider (1969), it led to his first big acting break.
Nicholson played alcoholic lawyer George Hanson, for which he received his first Oscar nomination.
John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years.
He is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance, and darkly comic portrayals of anti-heroes and villainous characters.
They offered him a starting-level job as an animator, but he declined, citing his desire to become an actor.
He made his film debut in a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer (1958), playing the title role.
Biographer John Parker states that Nicholson's interpretation of his role placed him in the company of earlier "anti-hero" actors, such as James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, while promoting him into an "overnight number-one hero of the counter-culture movement".He has won six Golden Globe Awards and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2001.In 1994, at 57, he became one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.His first real taste of writing success was the screenplay for the 1967 counterculture film The Trip (directed by Corman), which starred Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.After first reading the script, Fonda told Nicholson he was totally impressed by the writing and felt it could become a great film.