July 11, 2012- Peter O’Toole the screen legend has announced his retirement from acting. In a prepared statement, the actor said, “It is time to chuck in the sponge.”
He continued, “I am retiring from screen and stage, as my heart is no longer in it and I will not be back.”
On August 2, O’Toole turns 80. The legend has achieved stardom around the world. He received his first nomination for an Oscar back in 1962 for David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. The coveted lead role in the film was won by O’Toole at the age of 27. In 1960, when he was cast in the role, a London critic was quoted in a British newspaper as calling the actor a blazing new young talent.
When cast for the role, O’Toole was receiving acclaim for his stage work, but Sam Spiegel the producer for the movie, said he was looking for someone new for the role of T.E. Lawrence.
After that role, O’Toole was nominated for best actor in six more movies, but failed to win in any of them. In 2003, O’Toole was given an honorary Oscar. This week, the Academy of Motion Pictures will present the premiere of the digital restoration of O’Toole’s classic Lawrence of Arabia. The U.S. premiere will be held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.