Has Jack Called It Quits?

jack-the-jokerHollywood is a bit a buzz about an exclusive report over on Radar.com claiming Jack Nicholson has retired from acting because of memory issues. The report credits the information to an unnamed insider that also says the 76 year-old doesn't plan on stepping out of the lime-light or giving up his court-side Lakers tickets… he just won't be dong any more movies as he just can't remember the lines.

Nicholson's last film, How Do You Know came out in 2010 and he's not associated with any  projects currently in production. The report states that Nicholson recently turned down the role of the father in Nebraska that has since been given to Bruce Dern.

Nicholson started off doing television in the late 50s and early 60s but it wasn't until 1969's Easy Rider opposite of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper that his career really took off. He's won three academy awards, two for best actor (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and As Good As It Gets) and best supporting actor (Terms Of Endearment) a number that puts him tied with Daniel Day-Lewis and Walter Brennan for most wins.

But there are so many iconic roles that he is associated with… roles that may only be iconic because of his portrayal: R.P. McMurhpy (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), J.J. " Jake" Gittes (Chinatown), Jack Torrance (The Shining), The Joker (Batman), Col. Nathan R. Jessup (A Few Good Men) and so many more that I'm sure I've missed someone's favorite.

No official word has come out from Nicholson, but a three year absence does add credence to the report.

About Dan Wickline

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