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Diagnosing Jack Nicholson
The Character: George Hanson
The Diagnosis: Alcoholism and addictive personality
The Symptoms: Impulsive and self-destructive decision to travel with two drifters. Drinks alcohol like water, smokes marijuana, and takes LSD.
The Prognosis: Hanson believes he was born to be wild -- seeks out trouble.
Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, 1969. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.