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Jack Nicholson Retires Due to Memory Loss Problems

He’ll still sit court side at Los Angeles Lakers’ games, but Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from the movie business, has exclusively learned.

The 76-year-old icon has no plans to appear in films again after a career spanning five decades.

“Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a well-placed Hollywood film insider confirmed to Radar.

“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.”

The three-time Academy Award winner has not worked since How Do You Know in 2010 starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

Tellingly, producers for the forthcoming film Nebraska had wanted him to play the key role of an aging, booze-addled father who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

The role ultimately went to Bruce Dern, after Nicholson advised the filmmakers that he was not interested, the source said.

Nicholson began his Hollywood career in the 1950s, first working as a gofer for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio. He left soon after to pursue his dream to star on screen.

The New Jersey-native made his film debut in a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer, in 1958, playing the title role.

He’s best remembered for his Academy Award winning roles as Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and for As Good as It Gets. He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 1983 film Terms of Endearment.

Nicholson has been nominated for a record-setting 12 Oscars, eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor, making him the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history.

“Jack has no intention of retiring from the limelight,” said the source, who noted his regular appearances on the Hollywood party circuit, court side at his beloved Lakers and his co-presentation of the Academy Award for Best Picture with First Lady Michelle Obama, earlier this year.

“He’s not retiring from public life, at all. He just doesn’t want a tribute,” added the insider. “He’s happy to tacitly join the retirees club like Sean Connery.”

by Anonymousreply 1309/06/2013

yes, we know

by Anonymousreply 109/04/2013

So, is it Alzheimers?

by Anonymousreply 209/04/2013

Just TELL him he's sitting courtside, he'll never know the difference. Always hated that smug SOB.

by Anonymousreply 309/04/2013

I don't think it's so much a memory problem, I believe all the years of wanking off have finally affected his vision and he can no longer see the lines he's expected to commit to memory.

He's always had hairy palms, I'm surprised his onset of vision loss took so much longer.

He's a good guy. He has lived life on his own terms. Hell with 400 mil in the bank, he only has to remember where his bank is located.

by Anonymousreply 409/04/2013

R1, at least this thread is titled properly! 'Breaking news' is pretty dramatic for an aging actor's retirement announcement.

by Anonymousreply 509/04/2013

Where's the weed? Where's the weed?

by Anonymousreply 609/04/2013

Cocaine does irreparable damage to the brain and body.

We're going to start seeing these old coke whores burn out in the ugliest manner now. Their generation is the first to do that much blow--I know it's been around forever but the seventies people over did it.

by Anonymousreply 709/04/2013

He'll never get #4 NOW!!!!

by Anonymousreply 809/04/2013

i think it was obvious something was wrong with him when he "presented" at the last Academy Awards.

by Anonymousreply 909/04/2013

I don't remember that r9 what happened?

by Anonymousreply 1009/04/2013

R10= Jack Nicholson

by Anonymousreply 1109/06/2013

Wasn't he rumored to have brain cancer a couple of years ago? He was seen with a shaved head, which he explained was for a movie role.

So what movie was it, if he hasn't worked since 2010? Or maybe he actually had brain surgery of some sort.

by Anonymousreply 1209/06/2013

Drugs, drink, and std's do eventually take a toll. He must be made of some strong stuff for things to have reached this point.

What's Warren Beatty up to? Did he retire and just not formally announce it?

by Anonymousreply 1309/06/2013
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