The Internet buzzed with news Wednesday that legendary actor Jack Nicholson has retired from the movie business.
RadarOnline.com first reported that the icon, 76, will stop adding movies to his 50+ year filmography.
“Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a Hollywood insider told the 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.”
However, E! News countered the story. NBC reporter Maria Shriver told E! that the actor is not suffering from memory loss, has no plans to retire and is currently looking for his next film.
The actor’s most recent film was the box office disappointment How Do You Know (2010), which co-starred Reese Witherspoon.
Nicholson became a star with his performance in Easy Rider (1969), which earned him the first of his many Academy Award nominations. He went on to win Oscar gold for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983) and As Good as It Gets (1997). He also holds the record for the most Oscar nominations, 12.
His other roles include Chinatown (1974), The Shining (1980), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Batman (1989) and A Few Good Men (1992).