Actor Peter O’Toole passed away on Saturday following a lengthy illness. He was 81.
The British born actor attained global stardom in 1962 for his portrayal of author T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia. O’Toole would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, but lost out to Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. He would receive seven more Best Actor nominations without taking home an Oscar. O’Toole received 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). In 2003, the Academy bestowed O’Toole with an Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. O’Toole was also a fixture on the London stage for more than four decades. Among those performances was a starring role in Hamlet at the National Theatre under the direction of Sir Lawrence Olivier in 1963. Here is O’Toole discussing his interpretation of Hamlet with Orson Welles.
Peter O’Toole’s performances took no prisoners.