Notable Roles: The Shining (1980); The Departed (2006); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975); Chinatown (1974); Five Easy Pieces (1975)

Thanks to his first big break with Easy Rider and a career defining role in the Five Easy Pieces, the world was introduced to the ball of wit, charisma, and vigor that is Jack Nicholson. The most nominated male actor of all time elevated his roles into dynamic and stylish characters that will stand the test of time.