Belfast Telegraph

Nicholson retirement rumours ‘not true’

Jack Nicholson is not suffering from a memory-related illness, Maria Shriver tells E! News.

Rumours swirled Wednesday the Oscar-winner was retiring from acting at the age of 76 due to a memory-related illness.

NBC reporter Maria Shriver has now confirmed to E! News the claims are “100 per cent false”.

The veteran journalist reportedly told the outlet Jack “is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia and has no current plans to retire".

To the contrary, the legend is said to be “actively” reading scripts and has plans to appear on the big screen once again.

Jack’s last movie credit is 2010 rom-com How Do You Know, co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

He is the most nominated male actor in Academy Award history with 12 mentions and three wins. Rumours he had quit acting were first reported by Radar Online, which claimed that although he was not seeking work the star would remain in the spotlight.

"Jack has, without fanfare, retired. But he has no intention of retiring from the limelight," a source alleged.

"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."

While those claims have since been dismissed, Jack did admit age was catching up with him when speaking to British newspaper The Daily Mail in 2011.

"I'm definitely still wild at heart. But I've struck bio-gravity,” he said, musing, “I can't hit on women in public any more. I didn't decide this; it just doesn't feel right at my age.”

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