O'Toole bids farewell to acting ahead of turning 80
Veteran actor Peter O'Toole is quitting acting, saying he no longer has the heart for it and that it's time to "chuck in the sponge".
Galway-born Mr O'Toole, who turns 80 on August 2, said yesterday that his career on stage and screen fulfilled him emotionally and financially, bringing "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," he said. "So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
In retirement, Mr O'Toole said he will focus on the third volume of his memoirs. His daughter Kate still lives in Clifden, Co Galway.
An eight-time Academy Award nominee who never won Hollywood's top acting honour, Mr O'Toole shot to screen stardom 50 years ago in the title role of 'Lawrence of Arabia' which earned seven Oscars, including best picture and director.
Mr O'Toole went into acting after serving in the Royal Navy, studying at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 2003, aged 70, he received an honorary Oscar, often given as a consolation prize for acclaimed actors and filmmakers who never managed to win Hollywood's top award.