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Peter O'Toole retires, says his 'heart' for acting is gone
L A Times ^ | July 10, 2012 | Susan King

Posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:32 AM PDT by beaversmom

Screen legend Peter O'Toole announced today that he is retiring from acting.

"It's time for me to chuck in the sponge," he said in a statement. "To retire from stage and screen. The heart for it has gone out of me; it won't come back."

O'Toole, who turns 80 on Aug. 2, achieved international stardom and his first Oscar nomination for David Lean's 1962's Academy Award-winning epic "Lawrence of Arabia." O'Toole was 27 when he earned the coveted title role. When he was cast in 1960, The Times quoted a London critic who called the young actor "a blazing new talent."

At the time, O'Toole was known mainly for his work on stage. But producer Sam Spiegel told The Times he wanted a new face for the part of T.E. Lawrence.

O'Toole went on to earn best actor nominations -- but no wins -- for 1964's "Becket," 1968's "The Lion in Winter," 1969's "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," 1972's "The Ruling Class," 1980's "The Stunt Man," 1982's "My Favorite Year" and 2006's "Venus." He earned an honorary Oscar in 2003.

This Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting the U.S. premiere of the new digital restoration of "Lawrence of Arabia" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; film; jeffreybernard; lawrenceofarabia; movies; otoole; peterotoole; telawrence
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1 posted on 07/11/2012 7:45:35 AM PDT by beaversmom
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I thought he was dead.


2 posted on 07/11/2012 7:47:41 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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I like the guy, but something about him always seemed a bit creepy. Maybe that was his intent as part of his characters and, if so, he was successful.


3 posted on 07/11/2012 7:48:10 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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Aside from is personal induced problems, he was a great actor.


4 posted on 07/11/2012 7:50:19 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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The Academy gave him a special Academy Award about 10 years ago he thanked America and talked about how much he loved America. I am going to try to find it. One of the best Actorsnof his generation. MY FAVOTITE YEAR is timeless!


5 posted on 07/11/2012 7:51:23 AM PDT by Hildy (F"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: beaversmom

Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia
He was an English guy
He came to fight the Turkish


6 posted on 07/11/2012 7:53:49 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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Too bad. He is one of the greats, even a this age. Curiously he showed up in two movies I saw this year. One was in clips of “Lawrence of Arabia” (his breakout film) shown in Prometheus. The other, maybe his last? role, as a priest in the remarkable, and under appreciated film, “For Greater Glory.”


7 posted on 07/11/2012 7:53:50 AM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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My Favorite Year is indeed timeless. The voice of it, a man talking about his past, helps make it last but the content itself also spans time.
8 posted on 07/11/2012 7:54:34 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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9 posted on 07/11/2012 7:55:59 AM PDT by beaversmom
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I’ve always admired Peter O’Toole as an actor. He’s in a category, in my mind, that contains NONE of today’s Hollywood types. None. ‘Becket’ and ‘The Lion in Winter’ are two of my favorite films. Two that I never miss whenever they’re on the tube and that I pop in the DVD Player at least twice a year.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 7:56:18 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: Hildy

I remember that. He was very gracious.


11 posted on 07/11/2012 7:56:50 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Here it is: Peter O'Toole Academy Award speech
12 posted on 07/11/2012 8:02:37 AM PDT by Hildy (F"When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: beaversmom

A great actor from a great generation of actors.


13 posted on 07/11/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: beaversmom

“The Lion in Winter” an incredible, physically demanding performance, with what must have been Anthony Hopkins first screen role. Every scene, has O’Toole forcefully delivering lines like a roaring old lion for upwards of 20 minutes without interruption. Great lungs for a chain smoker!


14 posted on 07/11/2012 8:05:34 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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Auda abu Tayi: [to Lawrence] I carry twenty-three great wounds, all got in battle. Seventy-five men have I killed with my own hands in battle. I scatter, I burn my enemies’ tents. I take away their flocks and herds. The Turks pay me a golden treasure, yet I am poor! Because *I* am a river to my people!


15 posted on 07/11/2012 8:09:30 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: beaversmom

LoA was my Dad’s all-time favorite movie.
I really enjoyed ‘The Night of the Generals’ (1967).


16 posted on 07/11/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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[Lawrence has just extinguished a match between his thumb and forefinger. William Potter surreptitiously attempts the same]
William Potter: Ooh! It damn well ‘urts!
T.E. Lawrence: Certainly it hurts.
Officer: What's the trick then?
T.E. Lawrence: The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.
17 posted on 07/11/2012 8:13:47 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: beaversmom

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.


18 posted on 07/11/2012 8:16:31 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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He was absolutely fantastic in Lion in Winter...

...one of the best cast films including Kate Hepburn, and a much younger Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.

19 posted on 07/11/2012 8:18:56 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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I watched “My Favorite year” on Sunday. O’Toole was fantastic in that movie: “I’m not an actor! I’m a movie star!”


20 posted on 07/11/2012 8:24:36 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (GHWB gave us Souter. W gave us Roberts. Can we risk Jeb in the White House?)
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