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.”

What are yours?


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