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Peter O'Toole Retires From Acting After 60 Years In The Biz

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Peter Otoole retires from acting

Eight-time Academy Award nominee and Honorary Oscar recipient Peter O'Toole has announced he's retiring from acting after almost 60 years in the business!

The 79-year-old, who is best known for his iconic role in Lawrence of Arabia, released a statement on the matter that reads:

"It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back. My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort…. However, it's my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."

And we're grateful for your contributions to the entertainment world too, sir!

We imagine many actors would be thrilled to have a career lasting just a third of his and, quite frankly, we're pretty amazed he's been performing as long as he has. If you've ever seen 2006's Venus, then you'd know he never lost his touch either.

Fans will be sad to see him go, but at least they have 92 titles to choose from if they ever want to watch his work again.

[Image via WENN.]

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4 comments to “Peter O'Toole Retires From Acting After 60 Years In The Biz”



  1. 1

    He is an amazing actor who I have always loved seeing on screen. He needs to write a book. I can only imagine how much fun, crazy and funny his life has been. Good luck in your retirement and I hope you change your mind and do a film now and then.



  2. 2

    2 days late on this one. :)



  3. 3

    LOVE HIM !! he is a great actor check out a movie DEAN SPANLEY that he is in, its a good movie and of course he is great in his role Ausin is right a book of his life would be a must read



  4. 4

    Farewell to a legend. He has been a joy to watch and I hope he enjoys retirement with much enthusiasm.