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Peter O'Toole: 5 great movie roles - Lawrence of Arabia, Venus, more

15 December 2013 11:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood acting great whose work spanned across six decades, has passed away at the age of 81. Born in 1932, O'Toole's early life saw him serve as a newspaper reporter and Royal Navy radioman before making his screen acting debut in a minor role in a 1956 adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Big things have small beginnings, however, and in the years that followed O'Toole built a glittering career that saw him garner eight Oscar nominations and star in an eclectic mix of film, stage and TV productions. Digital Spy takes a look at 5 great film roles from O'Toole's career below...

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

David Lean originally had his eye set on Albert Finney to play Te Lawrence, even going as far as filming elaborate and costly screen tests with him. Finney never took up the part, though, and his loss was O'Toole's gain as the Irish actor bagged the role of a lifetime. »

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