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.
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