A year after announcing his retirement from acting, legendary actor and Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O’Toole has died. The eight-time Oscar nominee was 81 years old. The news was confirmed Sunday by his agent, Deadline reports.
“It is time for me to chuck in the sponge,” O’Toole said in a statement last year. “To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back. 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 was born in 1932 in Ireland and made his TV debut in 1954. His long career was highlighted by his spot in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, which took home seven Oscars. After nominations for seven other films, including Goodbye Mr. Chips, My Favorite Year and The Ruling Class, O’Toole was the most nominated actor to never take home an Oscar. As Deadline points out, the Academy made good with an honorary award in 2003.