After pictures of the 85-year-old actor showed him to be “disheveled” and “unrecognizable,” fans defended him.

One of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, Jack Nicholson, is regarded as one of the most outstanding performers of his time. He was always known as a high-profile star who could frequently be seen the first row at the Oscars and courtside at Lakers games.

In recent years, Nicholson, who turns 86 this month, has mostly disappeared from the public eye. However, media sources recently released paparazzi images of the actor, the first of him in over a year, saying he was “unrecognizable” and “disheveled.”