Irish Film Legend Is Giving Up Acting
After a 58-year career, Irish film star Peter O'Toole has announced he is retiring from acting. He had his breakthrough role in 1962, aged 30, as the title character in Lawrence of Arabia. He has also starred in successful films ranging from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to Ratatouille, and has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. However, he holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a win. He has also appeared in many stage plays and played prestigious roles such as Hamlet in a production directed by Laurence Olivier.
79-year-old O'Toole says that he has made the decision to end his acting career because, "It's my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay." He added, "The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back." He wanted to thank everyone who had supported him over the years, saying that his career had brought him "together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits."
Peter will turn 80 next month, and plans to spend his time working on his third volume of memoirs. He released his first autobiography, Loitering with Intent: The Child in 1993, and followed it up with Loitering with Intent: The Apprentice in 1995.
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