Peter O'Toole: The Ultimate Talk Show Guest

No star ever seemed quite as delighted to play himself as Peter O’Toole. The actor, who died Sunday at the age of 81, earned innumerable accolades for his stage and screen work, but just as important in cementing the image of Peter O’Toole in the public consciousness were his decades of talk-show appearances, nearly all of them performed through a smirk, a twinkle, and just as often, a large amount of vodka.

Peter O'Toole Dies

[brightcove: 2939857930001]Peter O’Toole, who over a 50-year-career delivered majestic performances as unforgettable characters both noble and notorious, died Saturday at the Wellington Hospital in London following a long illness, his agent Steve Kenis said, according to various reports. He was 81.

Peter O'Toole Is Retiring from Acting

Lawrence of Arabia is folding his tent.

Peter O’Toole, the eight-time Oscar nominee and honorary Oscar winner who first blazed across the screen in David Lean’s desert epic 50 years ago, announced Tuesday that he is retiring from acting. He is 79.

“Dear All,” began his message, released by his reps. “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.”