Jack Nicholson Retires from Acting Due to Memory Loss?


UPDATE (9:46pm) – Maria Shriver as confirmed that Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting and is actively reading scripts.  Times are good again.

UPDATE: Several sources are reporting that the report is not true.  Waiting on final confirmation from Nicholson’s representative.  It’ll be happy news to say the least.  

At 76, this day was inevitable but it’s still incredibly sad.  It is being reported by Radar Online, that three-time Academy Award Winner Jack Nicholson has acted his last line.  The popular movie icon, who won Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “As Good as It Gets,” is having trouble with his memory and isn’t as “sharp” as he used to be.

The report also claims that he’s “not retiring from public life” so we should still expect him to be front row at the Oscars with his sunglasses and every Laker game during the season.   That’s reassuring I guess.

In a bit of trivia, he was the original choice to play the role of Woody Grant in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” that is due later this year.  Obviously the role went to Bruce Dern who is garnering a large amount of awards buzz for his performance.  If Nicholson had taken on the role, would we be thinking he would be joining the four-timers club?  Some food for thought.

As we say goodbye to Jack Nicholson’s performances, what are your favorite roles from the great thespian of our time?  I’d have to give a big point towards Rob Reiner’s “A Few Good Men” and Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”  I do have a soft spot for his work in “The Shining” and “Batman.”

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What are yours?


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  • Jeremy DC

    There’s so many great performances it’s hard to narrow down. In my opinion he’s probably got the greatest acting resume. I’ll go with:
    – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    – The Last Detail
    – The Shining

  • Saddest day of my life. It might speak to my quirky nature, but the two film characters I most identify with were portrayed by Jack Nicholson. Truly one of the 10 best of all time. I hope he returns for small roles every now and again.

  • A real shame. I also hope he has a swan song performance in him at some point…

  • jmlatinsir

    Sad indeed. One of the best film actors of all time.
    My favorites:
    As Good As it Gets
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  • Apparently reps have said this isn’t true though and he’s actively reading scripts, so that could be some good news…

  • Five Easy Pieces, when he cleared the diner table.

  • Sonia Sergent

    I, too, have heard he’s denying this – but should it be true, it will be a real loss to movie fans worldwide. He is a unique and unforgettable character – and a tremendous acting talent. I’ll miss him.

  • Louis Anzovino

    Where does one begin? I’ve always preferred the more subdued performances – the ones that went against the grain – The King of Marvin Gardens, About Schmidt, The Border, Chinatown. Then again, The Last Detail, Cuckoo’s Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, are all quite brilliant. And although his performance in The Shining, seemed way, way over the top on first viewing, upon re-watching it recently, it gained real stature as one of the most chilling portrayals of violent psychosis I’ve ever seen. Whatever else I could say about his performances, boring is not an adjective I would ever use.