" Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence... I said I'm not gonna hurt ya... I'm just going to bash your brains in."- Jack Torrance to Wendy Torrance

John Daniel Edward "Jack" Torrance was the antagonist in the novel The Shining, the 1980 film adaptation by Stanley Kubrick, and the 1997 miniseries by Mick Garris. He is ranked #25 in AFI's greatest movie villains of all time.


Jack is the husband of Wendy Torrance, the father of Danny Torrance and Lucy Stone, and the grandfather of Abra Stone; he was an author and former teacher who accepts a position as winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado, so he has an opportunity to write a play.

The evil spirits that inhabit the hotel drive him crazy and force him to attempt to murder his family with a roque mallet. However, Danny also has some psychic ability, which he uses to try to protect Jack. They escape, but unfortunately, Jack regains his sanity too late and the hotel boiler explodes, killing him as well as destroying the hotel. In the movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, Jack (played by Jack Nicholson) freezes to death after chasing Danny into a hedge maze and becomes trapped. In the 1997 miniseries (which is more true to the book), Jack is played by Steven Weber.

Jack appears in the novel Doctor Sleep, in which his son Danny (who as an adult goes by "Dan") discovers that he has a half-sister named Lucy, and a niece named Abra who has similar abilities to him — only more powerful. Dan sees a vision of his father at what used to be the Overlook Hotel near the end of the novel.