Peter O'Toole Retires From Acting
Posted on Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:30 PM PDT

ptoole042611_17_200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (x17online) - After performing for over 60 years, Peter O'Toole is calling it quits.

The accomplished Lawrence of Arabia star released a statement on Tuesday to announce his retirement.

"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," O'Toole wrote. "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. However, 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."

The eight-time Oscar nominated actor won a BAFTA, four Golden Globes, an Emmy and an Olivier Award but never the big prize. However in 2003, he was given an honorary statuette for his achievements.