Update: Jack Nicholson's reps have denied both his retirement and his increasing memory loss.
The silver screen immortalizes cinema's finest for generations. It often seems as though our favorite stars will live forever, but like the rest of us, they get old, and they retire. Some put up a fight (Clint Eastwood seemed so fragile while lecturing that chair), others slip into "civilian" life quietly — like Jack Nicholson, if the buzz from RadarOnline turn out to be true.
The website is reporting that the actor has "without fanfare" retired. There's no confirmation from Nicholson himself, but RO's insider indicates Jack's farewell from film is due to issues with memory loss. "Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him," a source said.
A similar report surfaced recently concerning Sean Connery, with talk of the James Bond legend's memory loss being quite "noticeable." Close pal Michael Caine is denying the rumors.
Nicholson comes from the Roger Corman school of filmmaking. The producer cast him in several movies, including The Little Shop of Horrors in 1960. His first big acting break was the role of drunken lawyer George Hanson in the counterculture classic Easy Rider, which was originally written for Rip Torn. Nicholson was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar that year. He's won countless awards since his career began in the 1950s, has forged friendships with fellow Hollywood outsiders (Marlon Brando and Gonzo great Hunter S. Thompson included), and he's dated some of the most beautiful women in the industry (securing an image as a "bad boy" while doing so).
Nicholson's had a long, colorful and respectable run, so if the retirement rumors are true, he's going out on a high note. Whether you know him and love him as the Joker, Jack Torrance or R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, feel free to share your own favorite Nicholson roles with us.
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