Today we take a rest stop on our cinema adventure to pay tribute to the magnificent Peter O’Toole, who announced his retirement this week after over fifty years as an actor. One of the true greats, and one of the last of a generation of working-class English actors who changed everything about the British stage and screen, he became an international star with Lawrence of Arabia and has been an icon ever since, elevating even the most pedestrian of his movies with his presence. Just shy of his 80th birthday, he has declared it’s time to “chuck in the sponge.” You have to respect a man who knows when it’s time to quit, even when he will be sorely missed. His legacy is enviable, and even though everyone likes to talk about the fact that he has the worst Oscar record of any actor so far (8 nominations, no wins), he has made more classic and unforgettable films than almost any winner I can think of. Enjoy your rest, Pete. You’ve earned it.
Click on the tribute collage above and see how many of his movies you can name. Just for fun!