The 76-year-old star apparently has no plans to appear on screen in future, according to RadarOnline.com. “Jack has – without fanfare – retired,” a source told the entertainment site.
“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. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
His last film release was in 2010’s How Do You Know, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.
A forthcoming film, Nebraska, will star the producers’ second-choice Bruce Dern, after Nicholson turned down the role as an aging, hard drinking father who makes a road trip with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar sweepstakes prize.
Nicholson’s Hollywood acting career was launched with a low-budget teen drama The Cry Baby Killer, in 1958. Celebrated roles include his Oscar-winning turns in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good As It Gets.