Jack Nicholson makes first public appearance in two years

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Jack Nicholson attended a basketball game with and his son Ray last night. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jack Nicholson attended a basketball game with and his son Ray last night. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Jack Nicholson made a rare public appearance last night, attending a Lakers game with his son Ray. 

The Hollywood legend was smiling and enjoying the basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. 

He was spotted watching the game from courtside seats alongside his son Ray, 29, who is also an actor.

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The actor, 84, has been a long time fan of his home team, frequently attending games before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Jack Nicholson attends the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Nicholson's latest public appearances have all been at Lakers games (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The last time the three-times Oscar winner was seen publicly was in January 2020 during another Lakers game against the New York Knicks, again joined by his son. 

The actor's last appearance on screen was in the 2010 movie How Do You Know and while he was supposed to star in the remake of Oscar-winning German film Toni Erdmann, but he pulled out of the project in 2018.

Jack Nicholson attends an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Jack Nicholson attends an NBA basketball game, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Since then, Nicholson has been keeping a private profile, telling The Sun in a 2013 interview that he is not motivated to "be out there anymore."

"The movie business is the greatest business but I only want to do films that move people, films about emotions and people," he said.

Jack Nicholson peering through axed in door in lobby card for the film 'The Shining', 1980. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Jack Nicholson peering through axed in door in lobby card for the film 'The Shining', 1980. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

The three-time Oscar winner shot to fame in the 1970s appearing in classic films such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Easy Rider, and Chinatown, and was one of the most bankable stars of the 1980s and 1990s, famously playing Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman.

As for his children, Ray recently had a role in Promising Young Woman opposite Carey Mulligan as well as starring in the Amazon Original TV show Panic

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Actors Lorraine Nicholson and Jack Nicholson attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Nicholson was preciously seen with his daughter Lorraine in 2019 (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lorraine, who starred in The Princess Diaries 2 and in Robin Williams' World's Greatest Dad as a teenager, seems to have left the business in 2016. 

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