R.I.P. Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013)

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Legendary actor Peter O’Toole has died at the age of 81.  I don’t use the word “legendary” lightly.  O’Toole is one of the great actors of stage and screen, and his career is marked by spectacular performances.  The most noteworthy is his turn as T.E. Lawrence in one of the greatest films ever made, Lawrence of Arabia.  I re-watched the film earlier this year, and was awestruck at the subtle transformation of his character over the course of the film.  As O’Toole became older, he always managed to adjust and find new approaches.  For example, his performance as a manipulative director in The Stunt Man is devilishly good and delightful.  Many obituaries will remark on O’Toole’s eight Best Actor Oscar nominations without winning, but that only speaks to the decisions Academy voters.  O’Toole’s legacy as an actor is indisputable.  According to his agent, O’Toole died after suffering a long illness. He retired from acting last year.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. O’Toole’s family and friends.  After the jump, I’ve embedded one of his many highlight moments from Lawrence of Arabia.  I’ve also included the video of O’Toole receiving an honorary Academy Award because it includes a good montage of his work.


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  • cineast4

    A great loss to the acting community…

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      ▃▄▅ ♛♛♛ ▆▅▄ ♛♛♛▃▄▅ ♛♛♛ ▆▅▄♛♛♛▃▄▅A great epic.
      He should have won an Oscar for the lion in winter

      • The Flobbit

        Go die in a fire. Screaming.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    A great loss
    Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite movie. A great epic.
    He should have won an Oscar for the lion in winter
    He made Katharine Hepburn look like an amateur

  • Marissa Evans

    Admittedly I’ve only ever seen him in Lawrence of Arabia (I’m only in my twenties, I haven’t seen that many movies), but he was wonderful in it. It’s too bad, but he lived a long life, that’s what counts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      take my advice
      watch him in VENUS
      he was Oscar nominated against gosling half nelson
      and whitaker idi amin

  • Khan

    All the angels are being called home…

  • Lance

    Truly one of the greats.

  • Archer

    The Stunt Man was pretty fan-freaking-tastic.

    • Crockett

      That’s my favorite Peter O’Toole film. It’s a very clever movie, and O’Toole’s portrayal of the movie director is brilliant.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

        his performance was based on david lean
        Hackman in postcards from the edge was based on Richard donner
        denrio in angel heart was based on martin scorsese

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      the reason steve railsback was cast in ‘the stunt man’
      was peter o’toole saw him in HELTER SKELTER
      and thought he was extraordinary

  • The Flobbit

    No! Goddammit why does everyone have to die in 2013! Peter O’Toole was an absolutely electrifying genius of an actor. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki? Based on O’Toole’s performance in The Lion in Winter. One of few actors to stand up to the Academy and reject a lifetime achievement award in favour of more acting? Peter O’Toole. A beautiful, subtle, raw masterpiece of a performance? Peter O’Toole as Lawrence of Arabia.

    RIP Peter. You will be missed forever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

      venus (his best performance)
      the lion in winter
      Lawrence of Arabia (the one he will be forever remembered for)
      dean spanley (last great work he did)
      the stunt man
      my favourite year

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

    i wish himself and colin Farrell had remade SLEUTH on stage
    or screen
    instead of jude law and caine

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  • Redjester

    Peter O’Toole was truly a god among men. RIP, man!

  • eternalozzie

    It’s strange … I of course know who he is but looking at his IMDB page I don’t think I have ever seen a movie of his.

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