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Ben, 1894–1982, British abstract painter.
Sir Francis, 1655–1728, English colonial administrator in America.
Jack, born 1937, U.S. actor.
Contemporary Examples

“Sandra was amazing at memorizing the details,” says Nicholson.
Space on Earth: The Secrets of Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ Clive Irving February 28, 2014

A sexy “lobbyist” named Destiny, who Nicholson uses to seduce politicians on Capitol Hill, attempts to bed Senator Tanner.
Natalie Portman’s Dad’s Bizarre Novel Marlow Stern April 25, 2011

Nicholson may have given in it the best performance of his career.
Louis Begley: How I Write Noah Charney August 27, 2013

What was supposed to be a 30-minute discussion stretched to two hours, Nicholson told The Daily Beast.
Space on Earth: The Secrets of Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ Clive Irving February 28, 2014

Phoenix is also, like Nicholson before him, a bit of a mystery.
Why Joaquin Phoenix, Who Wows in ‘Her,’ Is the Greatest Actor Alive Marlow Stern December 13, 2013

Historical Examples

Seeing this, Nicholson made sail, and was soon close to the stranger.
The Naval History of the United States Willis J. Abbot.

And now,” said he, when I had finished it for him, “I fear not Mr. Nicholson of a pin.
Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Hesther Lynch Piozzi

Nicholson said that the Virginians wished to set up a commonwealth.
Give Me Liberty Thomas J. Wertenbaker

Governor Nicholson accompanied him in person, aboard the Shoreham.
Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Various

What will your uncle, Captain Nicholson, say when he finds he has such a fiery little Tory in his house?
The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson

Ben. 1894–1982, English painter, noted esp for his abstract geometrical works
Jack. born 1937, US film actor. His films include Easy Rider (1969), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1974), Chinatown (1974), Terms of Endearment (1983), Batman (1989), As Good As It Gets (1998), About Schmidt (2002), and The Departed (2006)
John. 1821–57, British general and administrator, born in Ireland: deputy commissioner in the Punjab (1851–56), where he became the object of hero-worship among the natives and kept the Punjab loyal during the Indian Mutiny: played a major role in the capture of Delhi


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