29 Years Ago In Time

At the Academy Awards on March 23, JACK NICHOLSON will be up for his fourth Oscar. Three decades ago, he was just hitting his stride as an exemplar of the new Hollywood star:

In Easy Rider (1969) and in the freer, more personal films that flowed from its success, Nicholson became a kind of figurehead for a loose group of actors and filmmakers who were trying to expand the commercial genre...Their work was almost always full of aggressive invention, but the new Hollywood passed, the victim of erratic returns at the box office. Nicholson passed along with it, not out of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!