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Updated: Jack Nicholson quietly retiring from acting due to "memory loss"?

09.04.2013

UPDATE: According to NBC's Maria Shriver, Nicholson hasn't thrown in the towel just yet. Here's the update:

NBC's Maria Shriver has confirmed to E! News that reports of Nicholson retiring from acting due to memory loss or dementia are 100 percent false, adding that the Chinatown star is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia and has no current plans to retire.

In fact, a source close to the movie icon says Nicholson is actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project.

According to radaronline, legendary actor Jack Nicholson is "quietly retiring" from acting due to "memory loss." The 76-year-old actor who has won three Oscars (and been nominated for twelve) for his performances in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and AS GOOD AS IT GETS apparently wants to leave the profession without fanfare, with insiders saying, “His memory isn’t what it used to be.”

Nicholson's last film was Albert Brooks' 2010 dud HOW DO YOU KNOW and before that was 2007's THE BUCKET LIST with Morgan Freeman. Since that time, Nicholson was apparently approached for the lead in Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA, but turned down the role, which went to Bruce Dern. There's nothing that indicates he turned down the role, because of memory loss, but it may have been a factor.

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

Interesting stuff. Whether or not Nicholson is retiring because of memory loss or for whatever reason, the man has built a legacy on his talent which is hard to compare. Although I'd like to see the man grace the big screen again, I'm perfectly content with the many outstanding performances he's given us in six decades of acting.

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Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Nicholson performance of all time? Yeah, not an easy choice is it? That's the mark of a truly gifted actor, I think.
Source: RadarE! Online

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10:37AM on 09/05/2013

WHEW!

I saw the headlne and got a little worried. Jack's one of my favorite actors, and while finding a role that could properly utilize his talents is no doubt getting harder, I'm glad that he's not retiring just yet.

And people always talk about Sean Connery when they speak about retired actors. The one I miss most is Gene Hackman.
I saw the headlne and got a little worried. Jack's one of my favorite actors, and while finding a role that could properly utilize his talents is no doubt getting harder, I'm glad that he's not retiring just yet.

And people always talk about Sean Connery when they speak about retired actors. The one I miss most is Gene Hackman.
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1:34AM on 09/05/2013
They don't make actors like him anymore. So many classic films.
They don't make actors like him anymore. So many classic films.
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12:02AM on 09/05/2013
Would have explained why Michelle "Gorilla-face" Obama read the "Best Picture" award since he maybe forgot he was supposed to.

Either way, I look forward to seeing more JACK!
Would have explained why Michelle "Gorilla-face" Obama read the "Best Picture" award since he maybe forgot he was supposed to.

Either way, I look forward to seeing more JACK!
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10:55PM on 09/04/2013
Hes happy to tacitly join the retirees club like Sean Connery."

Man, a movie starring those two would've been all kinds of rad.
Hes happy to tacitly join the retirees club like Sean Connery."

Man, a movie starring those two would've been all kinds of rad.
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8:00PM on 09/04/2013
I hope we get another crazy performance out of Jack before he retires. Something like his Joker, A Few Good Men, or The Shining performance! He's done some great films!
I hope we get another crazy performance out of Jack before he retires. Something like his Joker, A Few Good Men, or The Shining performance! He's done some great films!
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5:17PM on 09/04/2013
LOL when has memory loss or dementia ever stopped an actor before, thats why they have multiple takes.
LOL when has memory loss or dementia ever stopped an actor before, thats why they have multiple takes.
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3:50PM on 09/04/2013
Apparently this has been proven false.
Apparently this has been proven false.
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3:32PM on 09/04/2013
Absolute Legend, for me One flew over the cuckoo Nest, As good as it gets and of course The Joker, his performance in Batman dominated my childhood, these are my personal favourites, but there are so many more.
Absolute Legend, for me One flew over the cuckoo Nest, As good as it gets and of course The Joker, his performance in Batman dominated my childhood, these are my personal favourites, but there are so many more.
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3:28PM on 09/04/2013

Batman and The Shining and The Departed

Those are the three top performances for me from Jack. I love this guy and it's sad to see him go,but I'd rather he finish off with at least one more heavy hitting performance before leaving the screen.
Those are the three top performances for me from Jack. I love this guy and it's sad to see him go,but I'd rather he finish off with at least one more heavy hitting performance before leaving the screen.
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3:22PM on 09/04/2013
Can't pick one but my three favourites are The Shining, Batman and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest... if he is indeed quietly retiring, he will definitely be missed. I'm sure we'll still see him yelling and screaming at Laker games.
Can't pick one but my three favourites are The Shining, Batman and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest... if he is indeed quietly retiring, he will definitely be missed. I'm sure we'll still see him yelling and screaming at Laker games.
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3:01PM on 09/04/2013
sad news that a living movie legend has to retire but I suppose it has to happen sometime its just a shame to know theres no chance of seeing that grin in movies anymore :-/
sad news that a living movie legend has to retire but I suppose it has to happen sometime its just a shame to know theres no chance of seeing that grin in movies anymore :-/
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2:48PM on 09/04/2013
Tidbit: I think his performance in The Pledge was dynamite, but it's edged out slightly by About Schmidt. I think it's the best performance of his later career.
Tidbit: I think his performance in The Pledge was dynamite, but it's edged out slightly by About Schmidt. I think it's the best performance of his later career.
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8:03PM on 09/04/2013
yeah I really liked The Pledge too. I remember going to the theaters to see it. I think it's an underrated film. There's too many people who have never heard of it.
yeah I really liked The Pledge too. I remember going to the theaters to see it. I think it's an underrated film. There's too many people who have never heard of it.
2:22PM on 09/04/2013
I guess not so quiet, thanks internet
I guess not so quiet, thanks internet
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2:14PM on 09/04/2013
Will he remember that he's retired due to memory loss?
Will he remember that he's retired due to memory loss?
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1:53PM on 09/04/2013

James L. Brooks' HOW DO YOU KNOW

Albert Brooks is better than that.
Albert Brooks is better than that.
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1:52PM on 09/04/2013
Well Jack, as my plastic surgeon always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile.
Well Jack, as my plastic surgeon always said: if you gotta go, go with a smile.
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1:45PM on 09/04/2013
The man is a living legend and is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen.

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest is one of my all time favorite films and he is a big reason why. And i don't care care if I get negative thumbs down for this, but I honestly enjoyed his portrayal of Joker more than Ledger's.
The man is a living legend and is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen.

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest is one of my all time favorite films and he is a big reason why. And i don't care care if I get negative thumbs down for this, but I honestly enjoyed his portrayal of Joker more than Ledger's.
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2:14PM on 09/04/2013
Neither Joker was a bad portrayal, Ledger's to a degree was just more "real." There's nothing wrong with preferring Nicholson's over Ledger's as they both put on brilliant performances in their respective Batman films. Potayto, Potahto. You can't really be wrong in this case :)
Neither Joker was a bad portrayal, Ledger's to a degree was just more "real." There's nothing wrong with preferring Nicholson's over Ledger's as they both put on brilliant performances in their respective Batman films. Potayto, Potahto. You can't really be wrong in this case :)
2:44PM on 09/04/2013
Jack's had a little more camp to it. Nothing wrong with either of them
Jack's had a little more camp to it. Nothing wrong with either of them
2:45PM on 09/04/2013
His Joker was the benchmark for nearly twenty years.
His Joker was the benchmark for nearly twenty years.
3:15PM on 09/04/2013
Amazing in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and in Batman.. you sir don't deserve any thumbs down
Amazing in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and in Batman.. you sir don't deserve any thumbs down
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