Peter O’Toole Retires From Acting at 79

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Peter O’Toole is taking his final bow from the screen and stage.

The 79-year old Ireland-born, England-raised actor released a
statement on Tuesday announcing his retirement after over sixty years of

“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

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