After 60 years of gracing the Hollywood limelight, Jack Nicholson is calling it quits at the age of 79.
The veteran actor hasn’t been seen on the silver screen since the 2010s How Do You Know where he co-starred with Paul Rudd. Nicholson remained quiet since with whispers here and there he would make a return. There was a talk of him and Tom Cruise starring in a comedy, and Robert Downey Jr tried getting him to be in the next Sherlock. However, nothing could entice Jack Nicholson from leaving his comfy home in Hollywood.
The news comes from longtime friend and former co-star Peter Fonda. Fonda and Nicholson worked together in 1969s Easy Rider, the film that made Nicholson a notable actor. Fonda said:
“I think he is basically retired. I don’t want to speak for him, but he has done a lot of work and has done very well for himself financially.”
If Nicholson really is retired, which seems to be the case, he’s leaving behind a historic legacy. Nicholson is the most nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards. Three of the awards were for his roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good As It Gets, and Terms of Endearment. Nicolson dabbled in various genres, from dramatic to comedy, to horror, and action. Nicholson always brought his A game and left the audience wanting more. One of his most memorable roles is as the Joker from 1989s Batman.
He will be remembered as an actor with an iconic demeanor, voice, and overall attitude. His work in The Shining proved he can convey the actions of a murderer, his work on How Do You Know proved he can be a loving father. Jack Nicholson‘s acting range is something few actors have achieved, and probably ever will. He will be remembered as one of the greatest actors ever.
For some validation on that last sentence, take a look at his method acting approach in The Shining: