Jack Nicholson retired, according to former co-star ‘Peter Fonda’

Jack Nicholson retired, according to former co-star Peter Fonda

Jack Nicholson, The legendary actor – who is arguably most famous for his role in The Shining – is “basically retired”, according to his Easy Rider co-star Peter Fonda.

Now his long-standing friend and co-star PETER FONDA says the ­former hellraiser has retired at the age of 79. Peter, who co-starred with Jack in 1969’s Easy Rider and has stayed good friends since, said: “I think he is ­basically retired.

“I don’t want to speak for him but he has done a lot of work and he has done very well as a person financially.”

Speaking at the glitzy Bafta Tea Party event in LA, Peter added: “Sometimes ­people have a reason that you don’t know, and it’s not for me to ask.

“I don’t call him up and say, ‘Johnny,’ I call him Johnny Hop, ‘What are you doing?’

“I would say, ‘How are you, how do you feel?’ ”

Four years ago reports ­surfaced in the US claiming Jack was due to wind down his career as a result of memory loss — but the ­suggestions were shot down by the star’s ­representatives.

He later admitted that he had decided to scale back his partying, explaining: “I’m still wild at heart but I’ve hit bio-gravity.

“I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this. It just doesn’t feel right at my age.”

Peter believes the offer of a ­fantastic new role may tempt Jack back to a film set, but it would have to be something ­special to entice him out of ­retirement.