Peter O’Toole to retire from stage, screen

Veteran British actor Peter O’Toole, praised for esteemed roles in classic films such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ announced on Tuesday he is retiring from acting in films and stage. ‘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,’ O’Toole, who is 79 and lives in London, said in a statement released by New York publicist Bill Augustin.