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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
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
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, »
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