Peter O'Toole's performance in "Lawrence of Arabia" earned him the first of his eight Oscar nominations. Mr. O'Toole, about to turn 80, has announced his retirement. (Columbia Pictures via Associated Press)

Peter O'Toole's performance in "Lawrence of Arabia" earned him the first of his eight Oscar nominations. Mr. O'Toole, about to turn 80, has announced his retirement. (Columbia Pictures via Associated Press)