Jack Nicholson Retires? Acting Legend Bows Out Amid “Memory Issues”
Will How Do You Know? go down in history as Jack Nicholson’s final film?
The iconic actor has quietly retired from acting after more than five decades on the silver screen, RadarOnline.com said Wednesday.
Insiders say Nicholson, 76, suffers from memory problems and is no longer capable of memorizing extensive dialogue. The Radar report may explain why Nicholson turned down the lead role in the upcoming drama Nebraska (which would’ve reunited him with his About Schmidt director Alexander Payne) — a decision which left many in Hollywood circles scratching their heads.
“Jack has — without fanfare — retired. There is a simple reason behind his decision, it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
Nicholson made his acting debut in the 1958 Roger Corman film The Cry Baby Killer. It would be more than a decade before he’d enjoy his breakout role, earning a supporting part alongside Dennis Hopper in 1969′s Easy Rider.
The leading man went on to appear in a host of the 1970s most memorable films, including Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. A twelve-time Oscar nominee, Nicholson won the Best Actor Academy Award three times — first for Cuckoo’s Nest, then for Terms of Endearment and As Good As It Gets.
Interestingly enough, Jack called his role as The Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 adaptation of Batman a role to remember:
“I was particularly proud of my performance as The Joker. I considered it a piece of pop art.”
Don’t fret, Jack will still make public appearances. The two places you’re most likely to find him: The front row of a Lakers game and the front row at the Academy Awards.
Written by Castina on September 4th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture