Jack Nicholson – Family, Family Tree

by Jessica Sara

Jack Nicholson is one of the most recognized Hollywood personalities in the world. He has played several iconic roles and specializes in the darker aspects of a human being. He was born on April 22, 1937 in Neptune, New Jersey. He grew up in Manasquan. He has, in his career, played some landmark roles and has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards.


He won the award for best actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and for As Good as it Gets. Jack has won a Best Supporting Actor award for Terms of Endearment.

He has a successful career that spans nearly sixty years and has become one of the most successful male actors of all time. His performance in Chinatown and The Shinning is considered his best and he gained much acclaim for his reading of the notorious villain Joker.


Acting isn’t the only skill he mastered. He is also a filmmaker and has had a few successful ventures in the field. He also won a Grammy award for The Elephants Child. His famous dialogue ‘You can’t handle the truth’ has since then gained legendary status in pop culture.


Nicholson Parents – John and Ethel May, June Nicholson

Jack Nicholson has a very interesting and noteworthy family background. For almost thirty years, he believed that he was the son of John and Ethel May Nicholson. John worked at a department store in New Jersey while Ethel was a hair-dresser. She was also known to indulge in oil painting and was very talented at it.

These were the people that raised him alongside his supposed sister June Nicholson.

In 1974, however, a reporter for TIME magazine discovered something surprising. The reporter revealed that Jack was actually the son of his supposed sister June.


June had been seventeen years old and unmarried when she gave birth to Jack. There was some uncertainty with regards to Jack’s father. It’s believed that it was Don Furcillo but Jack has never taken a DNA test to prove it.

June was an up and coming showgirl and an actress. Jack’s mother was certainly a skilled dancer.

By the time Jack knew the truth, his maternal grandparents and his true mother had all passed on. While he did get in touch with his father briefly, he moved on from the issue and went ahead with his career.

Nicholson Spouse – Sandra Knight


Jack has only been married once but he has taken on many partners over his lifetime. His wife was Sandra Knight. They married in 1962 and separated due to differences in 1968. The actor proceeded to have a twenty year long relationship with Anjelica Huston which ended when he had an affair with his current partner Rebecca Broussard.

Nicholson Children


Jack has five children, the eldest being Jennifer Nicholson, who was born to his wife. The second is Caleb Goddard, followed by Honey Hollman, Lorraine Nicholson and Ray Nicholson. He has two grandchildren, Duke and Sean Norfleet.

Nicholson’s Net Worth


Jack Nicholson has the net worth of $400 million.