Peter O'Toole Dead at 81
'Lawrence of Arabia' star retired from acting in 2012
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2013 12:20 PM CST
In this 1961 file photo, actor Peter O'Toole is shown in the title role in the film "Lawrence of Arabia.”   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, file)

(Newser) – Actor Peter O'Toole, the legend of stage and screen perhaps best known for Lawrence of Arabia, has died at the age of 81, his agent confirms to the BBC. The Brit was nominated eight times for an Oscar but was win-less in his lifetime, though he did begrudgingly accept an honorary Academy Award in 2003. In 2012, the then-79-year-old announced his retirement from acting, saying that, "It's time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from stage and screen. The heart for it has gone out of me; it won't come back."

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Dec 16, 2013 2:28 PM CST
I'll never forget his brilliant performance in Caligula.
Dec 16, 2013 1:04 PM CST
Even though his biggest years in acting were in my mother's generation, Peter O'Toole has been my favorite actor since I was in my 20s. Actually, he will forever be my favorite actor. He takes a back seat to no one, whether on stage or screen. I fell in love with him in a lesser-known but wonderful television mini-series from 1981 called Masada, where he played the nemesis of the character played by Peter Strauss. Peter O'Toole was among the last of the great British stage actors of his generation. Such a great talent; such a sad loss. Oh, and lest I forget to mention it, in his younger years he was an incredible sexy guy; for a treat, look up some of the pictures of him as a young man!
Dec 16, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Good bye Peter. I hope you're death wasn't painful, but then, I know that you wouldn't mind it if it was.