Peter O’Toole – from Lawrence of Arabia to Jeffrey Bernard

As the Hollywood legend announces his retirement, we look back at some iconic and well-loved performances from stage and screen

At the age of 79, actor Peter O’Toole has announced his retirement from film and theatre. He’s “chucking in the sponge,” “bidding the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell” – and leaving us with some wonderful performances to look back on…

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

TE Lawrence in David Lean’s masterpiece was the role that made O’Toole a star, and earned him the first of eight Oscar nominations…

 

How to Steal a Million (1966)

O’Toole helps Audrey Hepburn steal back her father’s fake sculpture (it’s a long story) in this underrated 1966 caper. In this scene, the pair are locked in a cupboard in the museum – until Peter does something rather marvellous…

 

Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999)

At the age of 67, O’Toole starred as complex, charming alcoholic Jeffrey Bernard in this 1999 production of the Keith Waterhouse play at the Old Vic. We say charming, but be warned – there is swearing towards the end…

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