Sad day for Jack Nicholson fans (which should be everyone, by the way): the actor has, reportedly, retired from the profession of acting, which he has excelled at for over 50 years.
While the news comes on the heels of a three-year screen absence from the gifted, eyebrow-wielding actor (who last appeared in the 2010 film How Do You Know), it’s still something of a shock for fans of cinema, who have grown accustomed to seeing Nicholson dominate the screen with his maniacal presence since the 1960s. But, according to Radar (via ScreenCrush), sources “close to the 76-year-old actor” claim that Nicholson is suffering from memory loss issues and, because of that, will no longer be appearing in films. The actor recently turned down a starring role in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
If true, the actor will be leaving behind an indelible, incredible cinematic legacy—Nicholson has earned more Oscar nominations than any other actor in the history of the Academy Awards, scoring eight nominations for Best Actor, four nominations for Best Supporting Actor, two wins (Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1976 and As Good As It Gets in 1996) and one for Best Supporting Actor (Terms of Endearment in 1984).
In addition to those wins, Nicholson spent his five decades as an actor displaying an incredible range, from blue-collar and nuanced intellectuals (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens), morally compromised men in noir-ish hells (Chinatown, The Passenger, The Postman Always Rings Twice), as well as outsized versions of his own persona (The Last Detail, Batman, The Witches of Eastwick).
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