Legendary actor Peter O’Toole has announced that he will be retiring. Beginning with his debut on the TV series The Scarlet Pimpernel in 1956, O’Toole has had an illustrious career on both the stage and screen, garnering eight Best Actor Academy Award nominations. He is perhaps best-known for his role in the 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia.
“It is time for me to chuck in the sponge,” O’Toole said in a statement. “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.”
Though the Irish-born, English-trained actor never won an Academy Award for a particular performance (no actor has been nominated for Best Actor as many times as O’Toole without winning), he was presented a lifetime achievement award by the Academy in 2003. O’Toole will turn 80 on Aug. 2.