‘Irish actor’ Peter O’Toole had made the decision to retire form acting following fifty years in the business. He had appeared in many films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Goodbye Mr. Chips, ‘The Lion in the Winter’, ‘Caligula‘, ‘Man of La Mancha’ and the war movie ‘Troy‘.
The seventy nine year old has bid farewell to this profession and has praised all the ”fine people” and ”good companions” he met throughout his career. He wrote in a statement:
”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.
”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.”