Peter O'Toole dies at 81: Film legend and Hollywood hellraiser who shot to fame as Lawrence of Arabia had suffered from long illness. I met him first O'Tool when he was at Dublin-s Gaiety Theater in the amazing lead role as Tanner opposite Susana York in Man and Superman and since privileged to have met him on occasions when he was in Dublin when he frequented my club Elizabeths. He only needed to walk into a room to make his presence felt. R.I.P Peter, a true gentleman, a brilliant actor, simply a legend.
Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole. 2 August 1932 – 15 December 2013 was an Irish actor of stage and screen. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company, before making his film debut in 1959.
He achieved stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Awardnomination. He received seven further Oscar nominations – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips(1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. He won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003.
Although he lost faith in organised religion as a teenager, O'Toole expressed positive sentiments regarding the life of Jesus Christ. In an interview for The New York Times, he said 'No one can take Jesus away from me...there’s no doubt there was a historical figure of tremendous importance, with enormous notions. Such as peace.' Earlier in the interview, he announced 'I am a retired Christian'. Nevertheless, O'Toole played Samuel in One Night with the King, about Esther, in 2006 and the minor role of Father Christopher in For Greater Glory: the True Story of Cristiada in 2012.
O'Toole died on 15 December 2013 at the Wellington Hospital in London, aged 81, following a long illness.
AMONG HIS FINEST WORKS. THE MAN, THE LEGEND, THE ICON. A TRUE IRISH TALENT. SIT BACK AND ENJOY HIS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN KEITH WATERHOUSE'S 'JEFFERY BERNARD IS UNWELL'