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Peter O'Toole

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Born Aug 2, 1932

Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole is an English actor of stage and screen. O'Toole achieved stardom in 1962 playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, and then went on to become a highly-honoured film and stage actor. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, and holds the record for most competitive Academy Award acting nominations without a win.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

O'Toole claimed he was not certain of his birthplace or date, noting in his autobiography that, while he accepted 2 August as his birthdate, he had a birth certificate from each country, with the Irish one giving a June 1932 birth date. … Read More

TEENAGE

1952 19 Years Old …  O'Toole attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1952 to 1954 on a scholarship after being rejected by the Abbey Theatre's drama school in Dublin by the director Ernest Blythe, because he couldn't speak the Irish language. … Read More

TWENTIES

1954 21 Years Old O'Toole 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 television debut in 1954.
1959 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He first appeared on film in 1959 in a minor role in The Day They Robbed the Bank of England. … Read More

THIRTIES

1963 30 Years Old O'Toole played Hamlet under Laurence Olivier's direction in the premiere production of the Royal National Theatre in 1963. … Read More
1969 36 Years Old In 1969, he played the title role in the film Goodbye, Mr. Chips, a musical adaptation of James Hilton's novella, starring opposite Petula Clark. … Read More
1970 37 Years Old O'Toole fulfilled a lifetime ambition in 1970 when he performed on stage in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, alongside Donal McCann, at Dublin's Abbey Theatre.
1972 39 Years Old In 1972, he played both Miguel de Cervantes and his fictional creation Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, the motion picture adaptation of the 1965 hit Broadway musical, opposite Sophia Loren. … Read More

FORTIES

1980 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1980, O'Toole starred as Tiberius in the Penthouse-funded biopic, Caligula.

FIFTIES

1987 54 Years Old He also appeared in 1987's The Last Emperor.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1999 66 Years Old He won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Bishop Pierre Cauchon in the 1999 mini-series Joan of Arc.
2004 71 Years Old In 2004, he played King Priam in the summer blockbuster Troy.
2005 72 Years Old In 2005, he appeared on television as the older version of legendary 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova in the BBC drama serial Casanova. … Read More
Upon leaving school O'Toole obtained employment as a trainee journalist and photographer on the Yorkshire Evening Post, until he was called up for national service as a signaller in the Royal Navy. As reported in a radio interview in 2006 on NPR, he was asked by an officer whether he had something he had always wanted to do.
2007 74 Years Old O'Toole was interviewed at least three times by Charlie Rose on his eponymous talk show. In a 17 January 2007 interview, O'Toole stated that British actor Eric Porter had most influenced him, adding that the difference between actors of yesterday and today is that actors of his generation were trained for "theatre, theatre, theatre". … Read More
2013 80 Years Old 1 More Event
His funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium in London on 21 December 2013, where he was cremated in a wicker coffin. … Read More
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