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"I hitched to London on a lorry, looking for adventure. I was dropped at Euston Station and was trying to find a hostel. I passed the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and walked in just to case the joint."

Peter Seamus O'Toole (2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British-Irish actor.

His Star-Making Role was Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Regarded as one of the best actors of all time, he received a record of eight Academy Award nominations without ever winning one. However, in 2003 the Academy gave him an Honorary Oscar for his entire body of work and his lifelong contribution to film. On July 10, 2012, Mr. O'Toole announced his retirement from acting. He passed away on December 14, 2013 at age 81 after a long illness.

Though he preferred to be called Irish all his life, claimed he was born in Connemara, and had an Irish and an English birth certificate, records verify O'Toole was really born in Leeds, and he grew up in Yorkshire. His parents were Irish and Scottish. Nevertheless, Ireland happily claims him as one of her own. His ashes even resided temporarily in Áras an Uachtaráin, as he was a personal friend of President Michael D Higgins.

He was married to Welsh actress Siān Phillips from 1959 to 1979.

Notable Roles:


Live Action Television:

Tropes in his works:

  • Doing It for the Art: He wanted to star in The Ruling Class so much that he waived his salary, appearing in the film for nothing.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: O'Toole had naturally curly brown hair, but dyed it blond and straightened it to play Lawrence of Arabia. He apparently liked this style, or else felt it suited certain characters of his better than his natural colour, as he switched repeatedly throughout his career.
  • Large Ham: His tendency to overact was legendary. And awesome.
  • No-Hit Wonder: As mentioned above, he held a record of eight Oscar nominations without ever winning one. When he was given an invokedhonorary one in 2001, he said he'd seriously considered turning it down, as he was still working and "wanted to win the lovely bugger outright."
  • Old Shame: He considered Troy to be one. He said in an interview that it wasn't his worst film, 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.
  • The Queen's Latin: Got to play quite a few characters in ancient world (mainly Roman) settings, such as Tiberius in Caligula, Flavius Silva in Masada, king Priam in Troy, emperor Augustus in Imperium: Augustus and, finally, Gallus in Katherine of Alexandria.
  • Star-Making Role: Lawrence of Arabia.