“Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” the insider explained. “There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him.”
The source added, “His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
Meanwhile, NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver told Eonline.com Nicholson is not retiring, insisting he is not suffering from memory loss. Another well-connected source confirmed the “Easy Rider” star is actively reading scripts and looking forward to future projects.
Nicholson, who last appeared in “How Do You Know,” won Best Actor trophies for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976) and “As Good As It Gets” (1998). He took home Best Supporting Actor for “Terms of Endearment” (1984).