How is Jack Nicholson’s Health at Age 82? His Grandson Gives a Rare Update

Recently, Hollywood royalty Jack Nicholson has been relatively hidden away from public life. An avid Lakers fan, the Oscar-winning actor used to be spotted frequently at the Staples Center basketball games. He attended a game in January 2019 with his son, but his lack of attendance since then has raised concern for Nicholson’s well-being. Considering the Something’s Gotta Give star is 82 years old (and a giant Lakers fan), that’s only reasonable. Nicholson’s grandson Duke Nicholson, also an actor, recently revealed in an interview how his grandfather is holding up.

Jack Nicholson is doing well at age 82

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Duke Nicholson, age 20, is one of legendary actor Jack Nicholson’s grandchildren. He told the Hollywood Reporter that he spent Thanksgiving with his grandfather in the Hollywood Hills this year.

“It’s usually pretty small,” Duke Nicholson said about the holiday gathering. “Me, my Uncle Ray, my Aunt Lorraine, my mom.” However, this year, he got to see Jack Nicholson. The publication inquired after the Departed actor’s health, especially considering his public appearances have dropped off in recent months.

“He’s doing great,” Duke Nicholson confirmed. “He’s 100 percent.” A relief for all fans of The Shining.

How is the young Nicholson related to Jack Nicholson?

Duke Nicholson’s grandmother is a woman named Sandra Knight, who used to be an actress. Jack Nicholson met her on the set of the film The Terror, and they got married in 1962. The couple stayed together for six years.

Duke Nicholson’s mom is a 56-year-old fashion designer named Jennifer Nicholson, and his dad is Mark Norfellet, a 54-year-old retired surfer.

Duke Nicholson has a lot of irons in the fire; this year, he appeared on the cover of Lana Del Rey’s new album, Norman F*cking Rockwell. He explained how it all went down: “Lana is a friend of mine and she called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re doing the album cover tomorrow. You want to be on it?'” Well, when you’re Duke Nicholson, it’s just that simple!

Duke Nicholson is an actor, appeared in Jordan Peele’s horror film ‘Us’

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Nicholson told the Hollywood Reporter that he and his grandfather Jack Nicholson, despite their similar career paths, “don’t talk about acting much.”

Getting into acting was happenstance; he started appearing in music videos, and that eventually led to Jodan Peele casting him in his thriller Us. 

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Duke Nicholson attends the Us premiere | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

However, don’t blame nepotism just yet: Peele cast the young actor without knowing about his family’s connections.

This made it all the spookier when Peele told the young Nicholson on the set of Us to “channel the bartender” from The Shining: a.k.a. his grandfather’s iconic role from his own most famous film.

“Jordan was like, ‘Have you seen The Shining? You’re my Lloyd,'” Duke Nicholson recounted to the Hollywood Reporter. However, Peele maintains that Nicholson got the role on his own merit.

“Duke Nicholson is the carny,” Peele confirmed. “He’s always been the carny.” Duke Nicholson shrugged it off as coincidence: “I mean, The Shining is one of the greatest horror films of all time …”

Jack Nicholson’s are tough acting shoes to fill, but his grandson seems to be giving it a good shot.