When the jumbotron at the Los Angeles Lakers game announced to the crowd that it was Jack Nicholson’s 75th birthday yesterday, there were unprecedented cheers from both sets of fans.
Then, the entire crowd stood to honour the longterm season-ticket holder, who though clearly touched… responded with typical, insouciant charm.
Nicholson has been sitting courtside for the legendary Californian basketball team since the 1970s, so he deserved the applause.
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Happy Birthday: Jack Nicholson celebrated at at the Los Angeles Lakers home game Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Centre yesterday
He was recognised at his 70th with a cake, so it must be no surprise, but he was cheered nonetheless.
Jack Nicholson has been nominated for an Oscar ten times, won three of those and is tied for second place with Katharine Hepburn in the most nominations… only trailing Meryl Streep.
In 1999, Nicholson was presented with the Golden Globe’s Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award.
The actor still lives in the same Mulholland Drive home he has owned since the ’70s, when his neighbours were close friends, Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty.
Nice bit of recognition: Jack got a cake when he turned 70 at a Lakers game, and yesterday he got a standing ovation
Buddy birthday: Jack was with his friend, the actor Harry Dean Stanton - who is 85 years young
The area was nicknamed ‘Bad Boy Drive’ because of this year, and after Brando died, Nicholson bought his dilapidated home out of respect for the Rebel Without a Cause actor.
He’s also the one man who Robin Williams famously claimed hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards would have to bow out before when it comes to partying.
He’s been the star power at the heart of classic films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shining but Nicholson is almost as famed for his love of the ladies.
Gracious: Jack thanked the crowd for their touching tribute
Nicholson has been romantically linked to numerous actresses and models, including Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, and Lara Flynn Boyle.
Nicholson’s longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of film director John Huston, from 1973 to 1989, and he said the end of it broke his heart.
However, the relationship ended when the media reported that Rebecca Broussard had become pregnant with Nicholson’s child.
Nicholson and Broussard had two children together, Lorraine, now 21, and 19-year-old Raymond.
Nicholson’s other children are Jennifer,47, and Honey Hollman,30.
Last year, he told The Daily Mail: ‘I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.’