Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:34:28 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare , James Clive Matthews & Francis Whittaker
Peter O'Toole and other stars overlooked by Oscar

Peter O'Toole retires from acting

Peter O'Toole retires from acting (© Reuters/FRED PROUSER;)
  • Peter O'Toole retires from acting (© Reuters/FRED PROUSER;)
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  • Al Pacino for The Godfather Part II (© Reuters/ALESSANDRO BIANCHI;)
  • Judy Garland for A Star Is Born (© Reuters/Warner Bros.)
  • Jon Voight or Dustin Hoffman for Midnight Cowboy (© Reuters)
  • Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard (© Getty Images/Hulton Archive)
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Peter O'Toole, the legendary star of Lawrence of Arabia and Goodbye Mr Chips, has announced his retirement from acting at the grand old age of 79.

The Irish-born actor said in a statement: "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge... to retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me - it won't come back."

Sadly for O'Toole, and despite a glittering career which saw him showered with honours and critical acclaim, he never received the ultimate accolade of an Academy Award, despite being nominated eight times. He goes down as the most nominated actor never to be honoured by the Academy (apart from his 2003 Academy Honorary Award), but he's far from the only star who should feel aggrieved at not having an Oscar on their mantelpiece.

Here are nine more stars who have been criminally overlooked at least once by Oscar...


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