Peter O'Toole
actor
Peter O'Toole
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.
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July 10, 2015
Veteran actor OMAR SHARIF has died at the age of 83. The Oscar-nominated star, famed for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, passed away on Friday (10Jul15) at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt after suffering a heart attack. Born Michel Deme
December 15, 2013
The Lawrence of Arabia star, who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s, passed away at the Wellington hospital in London on Saturday (14Dec13) following a long illness, according to his agent
March 25, 2013
Veteran actor OMAR SHARIF has died at the age of 83. The Oscar-nominated star, famed for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, passed away on Friday (10Jul15) at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt after suffering a heart attack. Born Michel Deme
September 24, 2012
SNAP! ARTIST RECREATES FAMOUS MOVIE SCENES IN 'THEN AND NOW' PHOTOS Peter O'Toole and Mark Linn-Bake star in "My Favourite Year" (1982) filmed on Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City Artist Christopher Moloney is always seeing double - he recreates f
September 23, 2011
Veteran actor OMAR SHARIF has died at the age of 83. The Oscar-nominated star, famed for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, passed away on Friday (10Jul15) at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt after suffering a heart attack. Born Michel Deme
May 01, 2011
Peter O'Toole Hand & Footprint Ceremony
April 30, 2011
The Lawrence of Arabia star, who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s, passed away at the Wellington hospital in London on Saturday (14Dec13) following a long illness, according to his agent
April 29, 2011
Peter O'Toole TCM Classic Film Festival honors actor Peter O'Toole with hand and foot ceremony, held at The Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn roar through the lovingly restored Oscar winner 'The Lion in Winter'
LATimes - 2 months
A classic from a bygone era, "The Lion in Winter" has got some years on it, but it can still roar when it counts. A literate epic that utilizes both pageantry and splendid language, "Lion" — now digitally restored — was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, in 1969.  It took home...
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Lawrence of Arabia wouldn’t have been surprised by the rise of Isis | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Guardian (UK) - 11 months
TE Lawrence was always angry about the British betrayal of the Arabs in the Sykes-Picot agreement. A century on, the borders it established are falling apart It’s one of the best-known scenes in cinema history. Colonel TE Lawrence, all piercing blue eyes and billowing white robes, crouches behind a sand dune with an army of Arab Bedouin soldiers at his shoulder. The train approaches and Lawrence detonates the explosive, blowing it into the sand. Then, in one of those classic “come, follow me, men” moves, he leaps over the top of the dune, gesturing his Arab army to follow. It’s from David Lean’s 1962 Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif. The script is taken from Lawrence’s own written account, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which some have challenged as rather enhancing his role in the Arab revolt. Indeed, it has been suggested that he was simply a seconded explosives expert embedded within Arab forces in an advisory capacity. But archeologists from th ...
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Word Origin Comics: Why Things Peter Out
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Wisdom of the Peters "Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them." -- Peter Ustinov Tynan: Are you afraid of dying? O'Toole: Petrified. Tynan: Why? O'Toole: Because there's no future in it. Tynan: When did you last think you were about to die? O'Toole: About four o'clock this morning. -- Kenneth Tynan interviewing Peter O'Toole in Playboy in 1964 Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness. After you have been unfair to him he will love you again, but he will never afterwards be quite the same boy. No one ever gets over the first unfairness; no one except Peter. He often met it, but he always forgot it. I suppose that was the real differenc ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Life as a Pakistani Student in Europe Isn't the Same as It Used to Be in My Time
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As I reflect on the events of this past year and my recent journey studying Islam across Europe, a continent I had come to decades before as a young Pakistani student, I cannot help but think of the dramatic changes in the perception and position of young Muslims in the West. Muslim students today, irrespective of their ethnic, national and political backgrounds, tend to be seen as a monolith. Incidents of violence involving Muslims in one part of the world immediately impact Muslims elsewhere through the instant processes of global media. Reports of mosques and women in hijab being attacked and students being bullied at school further create worries for Muslims. In addition, reports of savage violence conducted by groups like the so-called Islamic State seem to support the stereotype in the minds of many that Islam promotes violence and young Muslims need to be watched. Disgusting stories of "grooming" in which Muslim men are accused of corrupting young, often underage girls throug ...
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Maureen O'Hara: The Roads to Recognition, Co-Starring Lillian Gish and Robert Altman
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"This is what it's all about." -- Harvey Weinstein to Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on leaving the Governors Awards, November 9, 2014 * * * The midnight blue of the bracing Idaho sky was the color of her beaded gown, reflecting the sparkle in her green eyes. The legendary red hair was perfectly coiffed; the tasteful diamond bracelets added a touch of glamour. The high-powered audience, gathered in the heart of Hollywood at the beginning of awards season, suddenly quieted as the evening began with a film tribute honoring the ravishingly beautiful actress who never gave less than a perfect performance in her seven-decade career. Martin Scorsese defined her impact: "She started at the very top, at age 18, starring with and working with the best and most brilliant-- only to remain there." After Liam Neeson reflected on his infatuation in seeing THE QUIET MAN, and Clint Eastwood, as a Universal contract player, told of his attempts to get close to LADY GODIVA, ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter O'Toole
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 80
    His funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium in London on 21 December 2013, where he was cremated in a wicker coffin.
    More Details Hide Details O'Toole's remains are planned to be taken to Connemara, Ireland. His daughter Kate said: "We're bringing him home. It's what he would have wanted." They are currently being kept at the residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, by the current President Michael D. Higgins who is an old friend of the actor. His family plan to return to Ireland to fulfill his wishes and take them to the west of Ireland when they can. On 18 May 2014 a new prize was launched in memory of Peter O'Toole at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; this includes an annual award given to two young actors from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, including a professional contract at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. O'Toole was nominated eight times for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but was never able to win a competitive Oscar.
  • 2007
    Age 74
    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".
    More Details Hide Details He also believes that the challenge for the actor is "to use his imagination to link to his emotion" and that "good parts make good actors". However, in other venues (including the DVD commentary for Becket), O'Toole credited Donald Wolfit as being his most important mentor. In an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 January 2007), O'Toole stated that the actor with whom he most enjoyed working was Katharine Hepburn. 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." He called himself "a retired Christian" who prefers "an education and reading and facts" to faith. In the last decade of his life, he played "Samuel" in One Night with the King (2006).
  • 2006
    Age 73
    In an interview with National Public Radio in December 2006, O'Toole revealed that he knew all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets.
    More Details Hide Details A self-described romantic, O'Toole regarded the sonnets as among the finest collection of English poems, reading them daily. In Venus, he recites Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"). O'Toole wrote two memoirs. Loitering With Intent: The Child chronicles his childhood in the years leading up to World War II and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1992. His second, Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice, is about his years spent training with a cadre of friends at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. O'Toole played rugby league as a child in Leeds and was also a rugby union fan, attending Five Nations matches with friends and fellow rugby fans Richard Harris, Kenneth Griffith, Peter Finch and Richard Burton. He was also a lifelong player, coach and enthusiast of cricket and a fan of Sunderland A.F.C.
    O'Toole was once again nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Maurice in the 2006 film Venus, directed by Roger Michell, his eighth such nomination.
    More Details Hide Details O'Toole co-starred in the Pixar animated film Ratatouille (2007), an animated film about a rat with dreams of becoming the greatest chef in Paris, as Anton Ego, a food critic. He also appeared in the second season of Showtime's successful drama series The Tudors (2008), portraying Pope Paul III, who excommunicates King Henry VIII from the church; an act which leads to a showdown between the two men in seven of the ten episodes. Also in 2008, he starred alongside Jeremy Northam and Sam Neill in the New Zealand/British film Dean Spanley, based on an Alan Sharp adaptation of Irish author Lord Dunsany's short novel, My Talks with Dean Spanley. On 10 July 2012, O'Toole released a statement announcing his retirement from acting. While studying at RADA in the early 1950s, O'Toole was active in protesting against British involvement in the Korean War. Later, in the 1960s, he was an active opponent of the Vietnam War. He played a role in the creation of the current form of the well-known folksong "Carrickfergus" which he related to Dominic Behan, who put it in print and made a recording in the mid-1960s.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 72
    In 2005, he appeared on television as the older version of legendary 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova in the BBC drama serial Casanova.
    More Details Hide Details The younger Casanova, seen for most of the action, was played by David Tennant, who had to wear contact lenses to match his brown eyes to O'Toole's blue.
  • 2004
    Age 71
    In 2004, he played King Priam in the summer blockbuster Troy.
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  • 1999
    Age 66
    He won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Bishop Pierre Cauchon in the 1999 mini-series Joan of Arc.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 54
    He also appeared in 1987's The Last Emperor.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 47
    In 1980, he received critical acclaim for playing the director in the behind-the-scenes film The Stunt Man.
    More Details Hide Details He received mixed reviews as John Tanner in Man and Superman and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, and won a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (1989). O'Toole was nominated for another Oscar for My Favorite Year (1982), a light romantic comedy about the behind-the-scenes at a 1950s TV variety-comedy show, in which O'Toole plays an aging swashbuckling film star reminiscent of Errol Flynn.
    In 1980, O'Toole starred as Tiberius in the Penthouse-funded biopic, Caligula.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a critical and commercial failure, criticised for using mostly non-singing actors. His singing was dubbed by tenor Simon Gilbert, but the other actors did their own singing. O'Toole and co-star James Coco, who played both Cervantes's manservant and Sancho Panza, both received Golden Globe nominations for their performances.
  • 1970
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
  • 1963
    Age 30
    O'Toole played Hamlet under Laurence Olivier's direction in the premiere production of the Royal National Theatre in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details He demonstrated his comedic abilities alongside Peter Sellers in the Woody Allen-scripted comedy What's New Pussycat? (1965). He appeared in Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 26
    In 1959, he married Welsh actress Siân Phillips, with whom he had two daughters: actress Kate and Patricia. They were divorced in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Phillips later said in two autobiographies that O'Toole had subjected her to mental cruelty, largely fuelled by drinking, and was subject to bouts of extreme jealousy when she finally left him for a younger lover. O'Toole and his girlfriend, model Karen Brown, had a son, Lorcan Patrick O'Toole (born 17 March 1983), when O'Toole was fifty years old. Lorcan, now an actor, was a pupil at Harrow School, boarding at West Acre from 1996. Severe illness almost ended O'Toole's life in the late 1970s. His stomach cancer was misdiagnosed as resulting from his alcoholic excess. O'Toole underwent surgery in 1976 to have his pancreas and a large portion of his stomach removed, which resulted in insulin-dependent diabetes. In 1978, he nearly died from a blood disorder. He eventually recovered, however, and returned to work. He resided on the Sky Road, just outside Clifden, Connemara, County Galway from 1963, and at the height of his career maintained homes in Dublin, London and Paris (at the Ritz, which was where his character supposedly lived in the film How to Steal a Million).
    He first appeared on film in 1959 in a minor role in The Day They Robbed the Bank of England.
    More Details Hide Details O'Toole's major break came when he was chosen to play T. E. Lawrence in Sir David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), after Marlon Brando proved unavailable and Albert Finney turned down the role. His performance was ranked number one in Premiere magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. The role introduced him to US audiences and earned him the first of his eight nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. T. E. Lawrence, portrayed by O'Toole, was selected in 2003 as the tenth-greatest hero in cinema history by the American Film Institute. O'Toole was one of several actors to be Oscar-nominated for playing the same role in two different films: he played King Henry II in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968).
  • 1954
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At RADA, he was in the same class as Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Brian Bedford. O'Toole described this as "the most remarkable class the academy ever had, though we weren't reckoned for much at the time. We were all considered dotty."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Peter had an elder sister, Patricia. He grew up in the Hunslet, south Leeds, son of Constance Jane Eliot (née Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph "Spats" O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. When O'Toole was one year old, his family began a five-year tour of major racecourse towns in Northern England. He was brought up as a Catholic. O'Toole was evacuated from Leeds early in the Second World War and went to a Catholic school for seven or eight years, St Joseph's Secondary School at Joseph Street, Hunslet, where he was "implored" to become right-handed. "I used to be scared stiff of the nuns: their whole denial of womanhood – the black dresses and the shaving of the hair – was so horrible, so terrifying... Of course, that's all been stopped. They're sipping gin and tonic in the Dublin pubs now, and a couple of them flashed their pretty ankles at me just the other day", he said.
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