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Peter O’Toole movies and Best Actor Oscar nominations (photo: young Peter O’Toole in the early ’60s) (See previous post: "Peter O’Toole ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Actor: Eight-Time Oscar Nominee Dead at 81.") At the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony, Meryl Streep handed Peter O’Toole an Honorary Oscar. That remained O’Toole’s sole Academy Award "victory." In fact, with eight Best Actor Oscar nominations to his credit, Peter O’Toole held — or rather, holds — the Oscars’ record for the most nods in any of the acting categories without a single (competitive) win. He was shortlisted for the following films: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ "I can’t imagine anyone whom I’m less like than T.E. Lawrence," Peter O’Toole himself admitted, but his characterization in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962) was widely admired all the same. The movie itself, however historically inaccurate, also received enthusiastic praise, and was perceived as »
- Andre Soares
Screen legend Peter O'Toole has passed away today aged 81 after battling a long illness, his agent has revealed. The star, who received an honorary Oscar in 2003, enjoyed a career that spanned seven decades and saw him receiving eight Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (making him the most-nominated actor never to win the Oscar), including that of adventurer T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.
Born in 1932, O'Toole began his acting career treading the boards and made his TV debut in the 1950s before making the leap to the big screen with a small role in 1959's The Day They Robbed the Bank of England. After his breakthrough role in Lawrence of Arabia, he would earn further Oscar nominations for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969|), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favourite Year (1982) and Venus (2006), as well as gaining a reputation for his hard-drinking, »
- Gary Collinson
I’ll always remember the night I was kissed by Lawrence of Arabia. And Hamlet. Robinson Crusoe. Lord Jim. Alan Swann, Don Quixote. King Henry II. Henry Higgins. Anton Ego. And so many more figures of history and imagination that all had the good fortune to have Peter O’Toole breathe his bigger than life breaths into their characters.
But before we kiss and tell, let’s follow the Bard’s advice and sit upon the ground and talk of kings.
We can’t know what it’s like to go from relative obscurity to towering figure of international cinema and the dramatic arts in one camel-wrangling role, but we have Peter O’Toole’s wry smile to suggest it wasn’t all bad. Around age 30, that time when Camus noted each man positions himself in time, O’Toole instead sprinted for immortality. One year he was the bagpipe-playing sidekick »
- Steven Gaydos
He was beautiful — I always get stuck on that — in Lawrence of Arabia. Early on in that film, his T.E. Lawrence tries to account for a general’s exasperation: “It’s my manner, sir. It looks insubordinate but it isn’t.” But of course it was. He was girlish, his voice light and musical and femininely insinuating among the stiff, officious Brits, and positively alien (his golden hair glowed) among the Arabs. What was this slender, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Englishman doing in Arabia? How could he not be violated? He was never so beautiful again, but for Peter O’Toole, T.E. Lawrence — the role that made him a huge international star — was a baseline against which everything else was measured. He fought against it with roaring, masculine performances, among them his King Henry in both Becket (although he was slated to play the martyred cleric until Richard Burton was cast) and »
- David Edelstein
Since I first beheld him in Lawrence of Arabia when I was 12, Peter O'Toole has been my acting god. Throughout his magnificently choppy career, in brilliant films and disasters, in high spirits and near death, from a great distance and, over one extraordinary weekend, in person, he has never failed to rivet my attention. Although Lawrence was not his first film, no actor has had a more stunning starring “debut” than O'Toole's in the work birthed by T.E. Lawrence. It was serendipity that he played in it at all, only because Marlon Brando decided he'd rather spend a year
- Todd McCarthy
That Peter O’Toole made it to the ripe old age of 81 doubtless surprised no one more than O’Toole himself.
“The common denominator of all my friends is that they’re dead,” he joked mordantly in an interview for the 2008 book “Hellraisers,” which chronicled O’Toole’s career alongside those of his contemporaries Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed. They represented a generation of British actors whose titanic screen performances were rivaled by their legendary off-screen drinking, carousing and other wicked ways, all of them dead well before their time.
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In fact, O’Toole had nearly beaten them all to the punch when, in 1975, at only 43, an emergency stomach surgery revealed that his digestive system had been so eroded by alcohol that even the slightest amount more could prove fatal. So O’Toole sobered up in life, »
- Scott Foundas
In his storied career, stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 following a long bout of illness, dynamically pronounced countless memorable characters, from the daring T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” to amorous Maurice in “Venus.”
He earned four Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work, and holds the record for the most acting Oscar nominations without a win — eight.
However, in 2002 O’Toole was presented the Academy Honorary Award for his entire body of work. In his acceptance speech he joked, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot!”
Here are the late »
- Associated Press
Peter O'Toole died today after an extended illness, according to multiple sources. He was 81 years of age.If the only role that O'Toole ever played was that of T.E. Lawrence, he would forever go down as one of the greatest actors of his or any generation. With piercing blue eyes and a beautiful, lilting voice honed upon the boards of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, it was his breakout role in Lawrence of Arabia that would forever mark him as a performer.With a complicated early history (born either in Ireland or Yorkshire, in and around the 2nd of August, 1932, depending on which birth certificate he could produce), he would rise to become one of the most celebrated actors of his generation.He was nominated...
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“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star.” Peter O’Toole intoned that line as Alan Swann in 1982 farce, “My Favorite Year.” This was the truth as irony, because the Irish born O’Toole was both a movie star and one of the notable actors of the British stage.
His memorable role as T.E. Lawrence in the Oscar winning Best Picture of 1962, “Lawrence of Arabia.” solidified his legend. Mr. O’Toole died Saturday in London after a long illness, according to his daughter Kate.
Peter O’Toole in ‘Venus’ (2006)
Photo credit: Miramax Films
While his birthplace in 1932 was in dispute – O’Toole himself was not sure of the location – his place as a lion of British theater and film is undisputed. After a stint in the Royal Navy, he joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1952, within the same class as Albert Finney and Alan Bates. He »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It is truly a sad day for Hollywood as legendary actor Peter O’Toole died on Saturday at the age of 81. He passed away in a London hospital after battling a long-term illness and leaves behind his three children, Kate, Patricia and Lorcan O’Toole.
Though the actor had an illustrious career that spanned both the stage and screen, he is most notable for his role as T.E. Lawrence in the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, a role which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, the first of eight throughout his career. The most recent of those Oscar nominations came from his role in the 2006 movie Venus. Despite his numerous nominations and revered status in cinema, O’Toole never received an Academy Award, something that many have long considered a travesty.
The actor did receive an honorary Academy Award though, typically given to acclaimed filmmakers and actors »
- Alex Greb
Peter O’Toole: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ actor, eight-time Oscar nominee dead at 81 (photo: Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’) Stage, film, and television actor Peter O’Toole, an eight-time Best Actor Academy Award nominee best remembered for his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at a London hospital following "a long illness." Peter O’Toole was 81. The Irish-born O’Toole (on August 2, 1932, in Connemara, County Galway) began his film career with three supporting roles in 1960 releases: Robert Stevenson’s Disney version of Kidnapped; John Guillermin’s The Day They Robbed the Bank of England; and Nicholas Ray’s The Savage Innocents, starring Anthony Quinn as an Inuit man accused of murder. Two years later, O’Toole became a star following the release of Lawrence of Arabia, which grossed an astounding $44.82 million in North America back in 1962 (approx. »
- Andre Soares
Peter O’Toole, best known for his leading role in Lawrence of Arabia, has died, aged 81. He was being treated at London’s Wellington Hospital after a long illness, and passed away on Saturday, his agent has said.
The Irish actor started his career on the stage, and his Hamlet at the Bristol Old Vic back in 1952 was acclaimed by critics. Within a few years, he was chosen to take the part of T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, and the rest, as they say, is history.
His performance earned him his first of eight Oscar nominations, and brought him recognition on screens around the world.
In the next twenty years, he would go on to earn a further six nominations for Best Actor, and ultimately go on to accept his Honorary Oscar in 2003, before his eighth and final nomination for Roger Michell’s Venus.
His decades-spanning »
- Kenji Lloyd
Legendary actor Peter O’Toole has died at the age of 81. I don’t use the word “legendary” lightly. O’Toole is one of the great actors of stage and screen, and his career is marked by spectacular performances. The most noteworthy is his turn as T.E. Lawrence in one of the greatest films ever made, Lawrence of Arabia. I re-watched the film earlier this year, and was awestruck at the subtle transformation of his character over the course of the film. As O’Toole became older, he always managed to adjust and find new approaches. For example, his performance as a manipulative director in The Stunt Man is devilishly good and delightful. Many obituaries will remark on O’Toole’s eight Best Actor Oscar nominations without winning, but that only speaks to the decisions Academy voters. O’Toole’s legacy as an actor is indisputable. According to his agent, »
- Matt Goldberg
Actor Peter O'Toole, best known for his work in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, passed away today at the age of 81. No cause of death was given at this time. Here's what his daughter, Kate O'Toole, had to say in a statement.
"His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished. We will be happy to speak to you all then but in the meantime if you could give Peter O'Toole the respect he deserves and allow us to grieve privately we'd appreciate it. Thank you all again for your beautiful tributes - keep them coming."
Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland and friend to the late actor, »
Peter O'Toole, the acclaimed actor who made his name playing the title role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, died in London on Saturday at the age of 81. The New York Times reports that he had been ill for a long time.
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The son of an Irish bookmaker, O'Toole started off his acting career on the British stage in the 1950s, spending several years at the Bristol Old Vic theater and turning in an impressive performance as Hamlet in a 1958 London production. His portrayal of soldier »
Peter O'Toole, who starred as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday, Dec. 14, according to the BBC. He was 81. The legendary Irish actor's agent told the news outlet that O'Toole passed away at London's Wellington hospital after a long illness, and added he "was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field." In a career that began in 1954, O'Toole is probably best known for his work as the British military figure who led a rebellion in Arabia during Ww I in Lawrence of Arabia, as well as Becket, The Lion in Winter, The Stunt Man and My Favorite Year. He had been nominated for eight Academy Awards and received an Honorary Oscar in »
"The trick is not minding that it hurts."
Legendary star Peter O’Toole has died at the age of 81 after being taken to hospital on Friday. In a statement released earlier, Kate O’Toole says:
"His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished. We will be happy to speak to you all then but in the meantime if you could give Peter O’Toole the respect he deserves and allow us to grieve privately we’d appreciate it. Thank you all again for your beautiful tributes – keep them coming.
O'Toole retired from acting only last year, after a 54-year career, writing at the »
- Garth Franklin
var brightcovevideoid = ' 2937710634001'; Peter O'Toole, who over a 50-year-career delivered majestic performances as unforgettable characters both noble and notorious, died Saturday at the Wellington Hospital in London following a long illness, his agent Steve Kenis said, according to various reports. He was 81. In a stunning announcement in July 2012, the acclaimed actor said he was retiring from the arena that made him a household name going back to 1962's Lawrence of Arabia. "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge," is how he put it as he bid his profession "a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell." "He was six years old, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Peter O'Toole, the wry, fun-loving star who played the dashing English adventurer and army officer T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia for one of his eight best actor Oscar nominations without a win, has died, his agent told BBC News. He was 81. The actor died Saturday at The Wellington Hospital in London after a long illness, his agent, Steve Kenis, said. O’Toole announced in July 2012 that he was retiring from acting. “The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back,” he said. He did, however, return with
- Mike Barnes, Duane Byrge
O'Toole was highly respected for his work on both stage ans screen, with his film work also including Goodbye Mr Chips, The Lion In Winter and My Favourite Year. Over the course of his career he received a BAFTA and four Golden Globes, and in 2003 he was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Oscars. He was offered a knighthood but chose to turn it down.
Though he struggled with illness throughout his life, suffering from stomach cancer and alcohol-related problems, O'Toole kept working until the very end. His last major film role was as the king in Stardust.
Besides his professional work, O'Toole was a big fan of rugby and cricket, »
- Jennie Kermode
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