Peter O'Toole will receive an honorary Oscar. The ''Lawrence of Arabia'' star has been nominated seven times but has never won

By Gary Susman
Updated January 27, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Peter O’Toole has been nominated for seven Oscars but has never taken one home. That will change on March 23, when the 70-year-old ”Lawrence of Arabia” star will receive an Honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony. The trophy will read, ”Peter O’Toole — whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.”

O’Toole scored seven nominations between 1962 and 1982, for ”Lawrence,” ”Becket,” ”The Lion in Winter,” ”Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” ”The Ruling Class,” ”The Stunt Man,” and ”My Favorite Year.” It’s not likely that he’ll ever earn another, since he’s all but retired from movies. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly two years ago, he said of acting, ”I still have the same love. I don’t have the same appetite. I can’t see myself doing a massive part on stage. Not in a hurry. I did one last year [”Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell,” at London’s Old Vic] and I began to feel it. I don’t have the appetite to take on and sustain the entire 20 weeks of a movie — and, happily, that’s unlikely to come my way. I think perhaps our Maker has put a kind of mechanism into our personalities that when we’re past it, we know.”