A 50-year career came to an end on Dec. 14, when the 81-year-old acclaimed Irish actor died in London following a long illness. From 1962's Lawrence of Arabia to more recent roles such as voicing the starchy food critic in Disney-Pixar's Ratatouille, the eight-time Oscar nominee shined throughout the decades in an array of stellar roles. The star came to fame in films like Becket (with Richard Burton) and The Lion in Winter (with Katharine Hepburn), and later in two comeback movies in the '80s: The Stunt Man, playing a dictatorial movie director, and My Favorite Year, as a washed-up matinee idol. O'Toole received an honorary Oscar in 2003, before announcing his retirement in July 2012. "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge," is how he put it as he bid his profession "a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."