Jack Nicholson's big acting break came alongside Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in 1969's "Easy Rider".
The native New Yorker only landed small roles before a spot opened up in "Easy Rider."
Nicholson received his first ever Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of local drunk and ACLU lawyer George Hanson.
His career took off from there. He has since been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and multiple Golden Globes.
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