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Peter O'Toole (August 2, 1932 -- December 14, 2013) was an Irish actor. His StarMakingRole was ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' in 1962.

Regarded as one of the best actors of all time, he received 8 AcademyAward nominations [[AwardSnub but never won]]. However, in 2003 the Academy gave him a [[ConsolationPrize Honorary Oscar]] for his entire body of work and his lifelong contribution to film. On 10 July 2012, Mr. O'Toole announced his retirement from acting. He passed away on December 14, 2013 at age 81 after a long illness.
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!!Notable Roles:
!!!Film:
* ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' (1962) as Thomas Edward Lawrence
* ''Becket'' (1964) as king Henry II of England
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' (1965) as Michael James
* ''Film/HowToStealAMillion'' (1966) as Simon Dermott
* ''Film/TheLionInWinter'' (1968) as Henry II of England
* ''Film/GoodbyeMrChips'' (1969) as Arthur Chipping
* ''ManOfLaMancha'' (1972) as Don Quixote de La Mancha / Miguel de Cervantes / Alonso Quijano
* ''Film/TheRulingClass'' (1972) as Jack Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney
* ''Caligula'' (1979) as Tiberius
* ''Zulu Dawn'' (1979) as Lord Chelmsford
* ''Film/TheStuntMan'' (1980) as Eli Cross
* ''Film/MyFavoriteYear'' (1982) as Alan Swann
* ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' (1984) as Zaltar
* ''Film/ClubParadise'' (1986) as Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
* ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' (1987) as Reginald Johnston
* ''Film/FairyTale'' (1997) as Arthur Conan Doyle
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' (2004) as King Priam
* ''Franchise/{{Lassie}}'' (2005) as The Duke
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' (2007) as the King of Stormhold
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' (2007), voice of Anton Ego
* ''Katherine of Alexandria'' (2013) as Gallus, his last role

!!!Series:
* ''Series/{{Masada}}'' (1981) as General Cornelius Flavius Silva
* ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' (1996) as the emperor of Lilliput
* ''Imperium: Augustus'' (2003) as emperor Augustus Caesar
* ''{{Series/Casanova}}'' (2005) as old Giacomo Casanova
* ''Series/TheTudors'' (2007) as Pope Paul III

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!!Associated Tropes:
* TheAlcoholic: Notorious for his heavy drinking in the 70s, but had to cut back after battling stomach cancer and blood poisoning.
* LargeHam: His tendency to overact was legendary. [[TropesAreNotBad And awesome]].
* OldShame: He considered ''Film/{{Troy}}'' to be his very worst film.
** There is an interview where he said not that it was his worst film (remember that the man played in ''Film/{{Supergirl}}''...), but that the ''experience'' of making this film was the worst of his career, due to an acrimonious relationship between himself and the director. He never watched the film as a result.
* TheQueensLatin: Got to play quite a few characters in ancient world (mainly Roman) settings, such as Tiberius in ''Caligula'', Flavius Silva in ''Series/{{Masada}}'', king Priam in ''Film/{{Troy}}'', emperor Augustus in ''Imperium: Augustus'' and, finally, Gallus in ''Katherine of Alexandria''.
* [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearian Actor]]: Performed at the Bristol Old Vic early in his career and later did a season at the RSC.
* TrueCompanions: With fellow hard-drinking thespians Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/RichardBurton. After Harris died, it was widely rumoured that his family had wanted O'Toole [[TheOtherDarrin to take over the role of Albus Dumbledore]] in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. He was also very close with his ''Film/TheLionInWinter'' costar KatharineHepburn.
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