He has a reputation as somehting of a womaniser but Jack Nicholson has admitted he is now lonely and is facing dying alone.
The actor said that he still has a "yearning" to be with somebody but believes his chances are "not very realistic".
The 77-year-old lamented how he cannot chat up women in public any more and that they no longer trust him because of his reputation as "Jack the Jumper".
Nicholson also opened up about his stormy, decades long affair with Anjelica Huston and described the time they split up as the "toughest period of my life".
In an interview with US magazine Closer, Nicholson spoke with rare candour about how his life of hell-raising had left him bereft.
He said he was regretful that his philandering had left him without a steady partner to take care of him in his old age.
Nicholson said: "I would love that one last romance but I'm not very realistic about it happening. What I can't deny is my yearning.
"I'm definitely still wild at heart, but I've struck biogravity.
"I can't hit on women in public anymore. I didn't decide this; it just doesn't feel right at my age.
"I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart.
"I don't think relationships are fixed things. People are necessarily complex and confused beings. We don't always do the right thing, say the right thing and behave the way we always want to behave."
Nicholson's routine these days involves sleeping until 1pm and then having a glass of milk to soothe his stomach.
He plays golf, takes a nap or pops next door to the house his friend Marlon Brando used to own in Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.
Nicholson bought the property to house his art collection – and so he wouldn't have to deal with neighbours.
Rather than partying all night as he used to, his nights are spent in watching films with friends.
Nicholson said: "No woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate – they don't trust me.
"They think of my reputation – Jack the Jumper – so I'm damned by what women think."
For anyone who managed to get a date with Nicholson, he added that he won't even go out with them any more.
He said: "I got tired of arguing with women about going to dinner. The food is better at my house."
A source added: "He's afraid of dying alone in that house' referring to his mansion that his children want him to sell.
"They've been encouraging him to downsize and move into a more manageable place in Beverly Hills. But he loves his old place in the Hollywood Hills."