While O’Toole made his career on the big screen — with eight Academy Award nominations, all in the Lead Actor category, plus an Honorary Award in 2003 — he also worked in a number of high-profile television projects, earning an Emmy win as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 1999 for Joan of Arc.
O’Toole also scored nods in 2003 as Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Hitler: The Rise of Evil, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special in 1981 for Masada.
In July 2012, O’Toole announced his retirement from acting. “It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage,” the Irish-born thespian wrote at the time. “The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back.”