Reports claim that Jack Nicholson has retired from acting due to memory loss. Radar Online and Star Magazine say the 76-year-old, three-time Oscar-winner is no longer considering scripts, though he will continue to play an active role in public life.
“There is a simple reason behind his decision – it’s memory loss,” a source told Radar. “Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him.”
Nicholson has not been seen on the big screen since 2010.
As well as best actor Oscars for 1975′s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1998′s As Good As It Gets and the best supporting actor prize for 1984′s Terms of Endearment, Nicholson holds the record for the highest number of Oscar nominations for a male actor: 12. According to US reports, he will continue to appear at the annual awards ceremony if invited as a guest presenter of prizes, as he did earlier this year when handing over the best picture gong with Michelle Obama, and will likely be courtside on a regular basis to watch his beloved LA Lakers basketball team.
Neither Nicholson nor his representatives have so far made any public comment on the reports of his retirement.
[adapted from The Daily Star, 6th September]