Jack Nicholson Retiring From Acting? Hollywood Legend May Stop Making Movies Amid Rumored Health Issues [VIDEO]

By Stephanie Kristine Spencer September 4, 2013 3:17 PM EDT
Actor Jack Nicholson smiles after a news conference to promote his movie
Actor Jack Nicholson smiles after a news conference to promote his movie "The Bucket List" in Tokyo April 30, 2008 (Photo: Reuters)

Jack Nicholson has been in the movie industry since the 1950s and has starred in film such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining, which instilled his position in Hollywood as arguably one of the best actors of his time. Now, however, it is believed that he may have "quietly" retired.  

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An insider exclusively reported that Nicholson, 76, will no longer be starring in movies, saying, "Jack has — without fanfare — retired."

"There is a simple reason behind his decision — it's memory loss," the source said. "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."

Jack Nicholson, shown in a scene from the movie
Jack Nicholson, shown in a scene from the movie "As Good As It Gets," received an Oscar nomination for best actor from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on February 10 for his portrayal of Melvin Udall. The film received seven nominations, but the blockbuster "Titanic" led the field with 14. (Photo: Reuters)

Retirement rumors began perpetuating after Nicholson rejected any involvement in a film called Nebraska, in which he would have played an aging alcoholic father who goes with his distant son to Nebraska to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing Prize.

Another source added that Nicholson would not completely be shying away from the limelight, and would make "appearances" while still regularly attending Laker's games. "He's not retiring from public life, at all. He just doesn't want a tribute," the insider revealed. "He's happy to tacitly join the retirees club like Sean Connery."

Watch Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest:

USA Today has come out against the rumors, saying that an "unnamed source" said the rumor was "100 perfect false." They weren't, however, able to get a comment from the actor's camp.

In Nicholson's career, he has won three Oscar's, including two for Best Actor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and As Good as It Gets and a Best Supporting Actor Terms of Endearment.

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