The Internet Is in Overdrive This Afternoon With Reports That Jack Nicholson Has Retired From Acting Due to Problems With His Memory. But NBC News’ Maria Shriver Tells E! That It’s Not True

Sep 4, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Internet media sites are buzzing this afternoon, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, with reports that Jack Nicholdson has quietly retired from acting due to memory loss.

For example, a story on the website of  USA Today says that Nicholson has not made an official announcement, but notes that a report by the gossip site RadarOnline has created a ton of buzz about Nicholson on Twitter and other social media sites.

"Radar points out that the three-time Academy Award winner has not worked since the 2010 movie ‘How Do You Know,’ starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson," USA Today reports. "And the site quotes an unnamed insider as saying he has quietly quit acting ‘without fanfare.’"

In the past we here at TVWeek have found reports on RadarOnline that quote anonymous sources are not necessarily true. 

Here’s what E! Online had to say: "Rumors that the three-time Oscar winner was hanging up his acting hat started running rampant on Wednesday, Sept. 4, after a report surfaced claiming the 76-year-old Hollywood legend was doing just that. The apparent reason? Memory loss.

"However, it appears such speculation may have simply originated from the cuckoo’s nest.

"NBC’s Maria Shriver has confirmed to E! News that reports of Nicholson retiring from acting due to memory loss or dementia are 100 percent false, adding that the Chinatown star is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia and has no current plans to retire."

Nicholson has an astonishing 12 Academy Award nominations, including three wins — in 1976 for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," in 1984 for "Terms of Endearment" and in 1998 for "As Good as It Gets." He also has 16 nominations for competitive Golden Globe Awards, winning six of those to go with his Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to entertainment, received in 1999.

Early in his career, Nicholson worked in television, with guest appearances on a string of 1950s and 1960s TV shows including "Matinee Theatre," "The Barbara Stanwyck Show," "Sea Hunt," "Tales of Wells Fargo," "Hawaiian Eye," "Dr. Kildare" and "The Andy Griffith Show."

The E! story adds: "In fact, a source close to the movie icon says Nicholson is actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project."

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