By Adam B. Vary
Updated July 10, 2012 at 07:29 PM EDT
Credit: Nigel Parry/AP

Peter O’Toole, the dashing, singularly voiced British actor whose career launched 50 years ago with Lawrence of Arabia, announced his retirement today, at 79. You can read his statement below:

O’Toole has received eight Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, most recently in 2006 for the British drama Venus; although he has never won the award, he did receive an Honorary Oscar in 2003. He’s played everything from kings (The Lion in Winter) to schoolteachers (Goodbye, Mr. Chips), larger-than-life directors (The Stuntman) to imperious food critics (Ratatouille). He most recently appeared last month in For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Bruce Greenwood, and Oscar Issac.

The statement provided by his reps noted that O’Toole will be “spending his time working on the third volume of his memoirs.”

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