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Peter O’ Toole, the Lawrence of Arabia’s star dead

Dec 16, 2013 18:32 IST

Peter OtoolePeter O’ Toole, the Lawrence of Asia star, died on 14 December 2013 at the Wellington Hospital in London after a prolong illness. He was 81 years.

image He began his acting career in 1955 with Bristol Old Vic theater and played notable role in Hamlet and Shylock in the Merchant of Venice. These stage plays were critically acclaimed. He moved to films with a small role in Walt Disney’s family adventure Kidnapped in 1960.

He shot to stardom with the title role of Lawrence of Arabia, which earned seven Oscars, including best picture and director for David Lean. Peter O'Toole's grand performance as British adventurer T.E. Lawrence brought him his first best-actor nomination but set him on an unenviable path of Oscar futility. His eight losses without a win is a record among actors.

O'Toole earned best-actor Oscar nominations for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980) and My Favorite Year (1982).

Seamus Peter O'Toole was born Aug. 2, 1932, the son of Irish bookie Patrick 'Spats' Peter O'Toole and his wife Constance. There is some question about whether Peter was born in Connemara, Ireland, or in Leeds, northern England, where he grew up.

A Book titled Hellraisers: The Life and Times of Burton, Harris, O’Toole & Reed written by Robert Seller talks about the life of three Hollywood actors who were contemporaries of each other.

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