Sad news today, as legendary film and stage actor Peter O'Toole has passed away in London at the age of 81. The Irish actor, who just announced his retirement last year, was known for his work in films like 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Lion in Winter,' 'Goodbye Mr. Chips,' and the 2006 film 'Venus,' for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
How great is David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia'? So great that though it was made by a British director, shot in the middle east, and made with an international cast, the American Film Institute once named it the fifth greatest American film of all time, and they've also named it cinema's greatest epic. Now it's fifty, and it's being reissued.
For it's fiftieth anniversary, 1962's best picture winner 'Lawrence of Arabia' was given a new restoration that will be shown off when the film returns to theaters October 4. That also means that there's going to be a new home video edition, and they've produced a special edition Blu-ray set that will be available November 13.
Hollywood icon Peter O’Toole, 79, announced his plan to retire from acting -- or “chuck in the sponge,” as he called it -- a profession he pretty much mastered over the decades.