Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson has reportedly retired from acting, without fanfare, because he can no longer memorize his lines.
According to RadarOnline, “There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues.”
The Hollywood veteran turned down the lead role in the film ‘Nebraska’ last year. Actor Bruce Dern, 77, said yes and recently won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for his efforts. The movie hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 22, 2013.
Despite that setback, Jack never misses an L.A. Lakers home game at Staples Arena, where he catches the action from his court side seats.
Nicholson’s last big screen film was the 2010 romantic comedy ‘How Do You Know’ with co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.
The veteran actor was pressed into official service at the 2013 Oscars in February to tag team with Michelle Obama in announcing Best Picture honors.
His most notable performances include ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ ‘Reds,’ ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘As Good As It Gets,’ ‘About Schmidt,’ ‘The Departed,’ and ‘The Bucket List.’