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ABOUT Sir Peter O'Toole
Date of Birth: August 2, 1932 (date uncertain) - died December 14, 2013 aged 81
Birth Place: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
or Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (uncertain)
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'2" (1.88 m)
Family: Two daughters, Pat & Kate O'Toole, with Sian Phillips,
and a son, Lorcan, with Karen Brown
Education: 1952 - 1954 - Royal Academy of Art
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Health factors: stomach cancer (1970s), diabetes, alcoholism
Born in Ireland, O'Toole made his film debut as Rob Roy in Disney's Kidnapped (1960). One of the new wave of actors to emerge in British theatre in the late 1950s, O'Toole came to critical attention in The Long and the Short and the Tall (1959), though the more bankable Laurence Harvey played the part in the film version. O'Toole leapt to fame in the title role of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), for which he won a British Academy award and an Oscar nomination, followed by starring roles in Becket (1964) Lord Jim (1965), and The Lion in Winter (1968).
He has always been attracted to eccentric roles, and the eccentricity began to express itself in the 1970s, outrageously in The Ruling Class (1972), and in a public persona which moved from star acting to scandalous celebrity. He received a US Film Critics award for The Stunt Man (1979), and gave a restrained performance as the tutor in Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987).
| CAREER HIGHLIGHTS|
Non-acting careers: Newspaper copy boy, reporter, Royal Navy radioman
Selected Films: Kidnapped 1960 (Robin MacGregor), Becket 1964, Lord Jim 1965, The Bible - in the Beginning 1966, The Night of the Generals 1967, The Lion in Winter 1968, Goodbye Mr. Chips 1969, Murphy's War 1971, Zulu Dawn 1979, Caligula (1979), My Favorite Year 1982, The Last Emperor 1987, Troy 2004, Venus (2006), Ratatouille 2007 (voice), Stardust 2007
TV Shows: Masada 1981, Pygmalion 1983, Svengali 1983, Gulliver's Travels 1996, Hitler - The Rise of Evil 2003, Casanova 2005
Stage: Major Barbara (Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1956, first appearance)
Big break: "Lawrence of Arabia" 1962
Best known for: as being one of the great actors of his generation.
Upcoming projects: Dean Spanley
| Awards & Nominations: |
Many other nominations and awards including British Independent Film, Chicago Film Critics Association, London Critics Circle, Irish Film and Television, National Board of Review (USA)...the man has been around a very long time!
| MEMORABLE QUOTES|
| FUN FACTS || FAN SITES|
with Natalie Dormer & Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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giving JRM the benefit of his advice?
Peter as "Lawrence of Arabia"
& (above right) the real T.E. Lawrence.
The Lion in Winter with Katharine Hepburn
Goodbye Mr, Chips
with Petula Clark
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Receiving his lifetime achievement award
at the 75th Oscars from Meryl Streep
arrives at the 79th annual Academy Awards Nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills
5th February 2007
nominated for an Oscar for best actor in a leading role for his work in "Venus," arrives for the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles.
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