Peter O'Toole retires from acting
Peter O'Toole retiring from acting
'The the heart of it has gone out of me'
Peter O'Toole is bowing out of acting, saying, "the heart of it has gone out of me: it won't come back." The veteran thespian announced Tuesday that he was retiring after a 62-year career that began on the boards when he was just 17 years old. Now just shy of his 80th birthday on Aug. 2, O'Toole said in a statement, "It is time for me to chuck the sponge. To retire from films and stage."
The classically trained actor drew upon his sense of timing in making his exit, adding that he believed "that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay." He ended his statement with a flourish: "So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
by Kasia Anderson
6 Underrated Performances
Here's a look at six of Peter O'Toole greats that deserve to be rediscovered:
'Ratatouille' (2007) O'Toole enjoyed something of a career resurgence thanks to his Oscar-nominated work in Venus, but for our money, his last great film performance came as the haughty restaurant critic Anton Ego in this Pixar masterpiece. The way his rave review of the rodent chef plays out over the climax of the film is a testament to the RADA trained actor's mastery of diction and voice. If only they gave performance awards for animated films, he'd have been a lock. continue
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