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Lawrence of Arabia
Originally posted 12/16/2013 04:00PM
No star ever seemed quite as delighted to play himself as Peter O'Toole. The actor, who died Sunday at the age of 81, earned innumerable accolades for his stage and screen work, but just as important in cementing the image of Peter O'Toole in the public consciousness were his decades of talk-show appearances, nearly all of them performed through a smirk, a twinkle, and just as often, a large amount of vodka.
Originally posted 12/15/2013 01:35PM
Peter O'Toole, who over a 50-year-career delivered majestic performances as unforgettable characters both noble and notorious, died Saturday at the Wellington Hospital in London following a long illness, his agent Steve Kenis said, according to various reports. He was 81.
In a stunning announcement in July 2012, the acclaimed actor said he was retiring from the arena that made him a household name going back to 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. "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."
"He was six years old, O'Toole recalls, when he fell in love with the theater," read his official biography when he played World War I British hero T.E. Lawrence for director David Lean.
Originally posted 07/10/2012 01:40PM
Lawrence of Arabia is folding his tent.
Peter O'Toole, the eight-time Oscar nominee and honorary Oscar winner who first blazed across the screen in David Lean's desert epic 50 years ago, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from acting. He is 79.
"Dear All," began his message, released by his reps. "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."
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