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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
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Katharine Hepburn, his consort in The Lion in Winter (1968), once told Peter O'Toole that he was profligate with his talent as an actor. But perhaps O'Toole's metier was always risk. Even in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), when he was not quite 30, he looked like an elegant wreck, dipped in suntan, his eyes full of fever. O'Toole, who has died aged 81, made his height, his giddy conviction and his theatricality hold that epic together. He was a freed bird in white robes, yet he shuddered like a schoolboy at the thought of torture.
Was O'Toole a great actor? Some said so – not least those who watched him grow up at the Bristol Old Vic in the 1950s. »
- David Thomson
Peter O’Toole, best known for his lead role in the film classic Lawrence of Arabia, died Saturday at a London hospital at the age of 81, according to multiple reports.
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 »
- Michael Slezak
"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
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