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Peter O'Toole retires from acting

Venus

Story by Jack Foley

SCREEN legend Peter O’Toole has announced his decision to retire from acting at the age of 79.

The eight-time Oscar nominee said in a statement: “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. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits.

“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.”

O’Toole, whose career highs include such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Man of La Mancha, Goodbye Mr. Chips and, more recently, Venus, has been performing for over 60 years.

But the Irish born star announced his decision to retire on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, to the surprise of many.

In total, O’Toole was nominated for eight Academy Awards, the most recent coming in 2006 for the aforementioned Venus.

But although he never won a competitive Oscar, he was bestowed with an honorary statuette in 2003.

And he has won a BAFTA, four Golden Globes, an Emmy and an Olivier Award in a career that will leave the type of legacy reserved for legends.

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