Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peter O'Toole 1932-2013

The fine actor Peter O'Toole has died at the age of 81 after a long illness.  He was perhaps best known for his portrayal of  T.E. Lawrence in 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia."
O'Toole was nominated for eight Academy Awards for his roles in "Lawrence of Arabia," "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). He allegedly holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. O'Toole won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003.
O'Toole was in the vanguard of a breed of Irish and British actors that burst into stardom on stage and screen in the late 1950's and early 1960's, including friends Albert Finney, Alan Bates, Richard Burton and Richard Harris.

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