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 eight times for an Oscar (Lawrence of Arabia
, The Lion In Winter
, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
, The Ruling Class
, The Stunt Man
, My Favorite Year
, and Venus
), yet his only golden trophy from the academy was an Honorary Oscar granted in 2003.
The following is a selection of some of his varied performances, from classics to screwball comedies, through to one of the best animated films of all time.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
For the history of cinema, O'Toole will forever be linked to the character of T.E. Lawrence. Decades on the role remains his most definitive, the best part of one of the best films ever made.
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