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Photos: Jack Nicholson before big-time fame

Updated 11:03 AM ET, Sat April 21, 2012
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Jack Nicholson at home in Los Angeles, 1969. In an issue of LIFE from March 1970, the magazine noted that Nicholson "is a rock fan who enjoys his music with a headset." time/life/getty images
Jack Nicholson and his daughter, Jennifer, on the deck of his home overlooking Franklin Canyon, Los Angeles, 1969. time/life/getty images
Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson chat on the deck of Nicholson's home, Los Angeles, 1969. time/life/getty images
Jack Nicholson looks at film negatives at his home, Los Angeles, 1969. time/life/getty images
Jack Nicholson at home in 1969, taking his first piano lesson with teacher Josef Pacholczyk prior to starring in the 1970 classic, Five Easy Pieces. time/life/getty images
Jack Nicholson in his beloved Volkswagen convertible, Los Angeles, 1969. According to notes by writer Judy Fayard that accompanied Arthur Schatz's film when it was sent to LIFE's offices in New York, Nicholson said that "anyone out here who doesn't drive a Volks is either ostentatious or stupid." For more images, visit Life.com's gallery. time/life/getty images