The Oscar winning, Jack Nicholson is rumored to be retiring from acting due to memory loss. Nicholson is one of Hollywood’s most loved and famous actors. He first hit the scene back in the 50s and has a career that stretches more than five decades.
A source close to Nicholson has stated that he is not retiring but is currently reviewing scripts now in preparation for his possible next movie. However, many other sources confirm that he has in fact retired because he can no longer remember his lines.
The question remains is he simply suffering from memory loss due to his age or is it the onset of dementia?
It’s been reported that Nicholson recently rejected a role in the upcoming movie, Nebraska, saying he just wasn’t interested. The role was that of an aging alcoholic father; seems he would have fit right in but instead he left it for 77-year-old Bruce Dern.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife, Maria Shriver, insists that Nicholson is still in business. Shriver says he has no plans to retire and has no illness directly related to memory loss. She is a reporter for NBC and is close friends with Nicholson.
Another source has said that Nicholson won’t be retiring from the spotlight and is not interested in a public tribute. He is fine with quietly sliding into the retirees club; much like Sean Connery did.
When questioned about his long reaching acting career, Nicholson simply states he’s done okay. In actuality, he has done better than okay and is a three time Oscar winner. Nicholson has an Oscar for Best Actor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good as it Gets and Best Supporting Actor in Terms of Endearment. Nicholson also received the Golden Globe Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
His last movie was, ‘How Do You Know’ in 2010 with Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon. But his all time classic move is, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ where he was cast as Randle McMurphy. In this movie he plays a criminal serving a short sentence for committing statutory rape who is transferred to a mental institution for evaluation. He doesn’t show any real signs of mental illness he just wants to avoid the prison life and serve the remainder of his sentence in a relaxed environment such as a hospital.
In an interview which can be found in Britain’s Esquire magazine in June, Nicholson said he takes complete responsibility for his career: his successes and failures. He said whenever he reviews his failures he’s always reminded that maybe he should have done more. He added that he’s such a perfectionist that always feels overly praised. He knows he’s a good person and professional so it’s nice to be noticed.
Nicholson reportedly still lives in the same home he’s owned since the 70s on Mulholland Drive. He’s an avid supporter of The Lakers basketball team and has been spotted front and center at many of their games.
He is known throughout Hollywood as a party animal and a ladies’ man. Although in 2011 he stated, when speaking with The Daily Mail, that he is still wild at heart but has struck bio-gravity. He said at his age, hitting on women in public just doesn’t feel right anymore. He can no longer do it.
Nicholson may or may not be suffering with memory loss but one thing is certain; his fans are not. They will long remember the great work he’s done during his decades of acting and the amazing impression he’s made in Hollywood.
Since Nicholson isn’t really speaking on the current state of his acting career, father time will have to speak on his behalf. To answer the question on whether or not Jack Nicholson is suffering from onset dementia, time will tell.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)