Peter O'Toole Dies at 81

December 16, 2013

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Peter O'Toole, the Irish actor famed for being Lawrence of Lawrence of Arabia and counsel and eventual successor to King Ralph, died Saturday in a London hospital following what his daughter says was a period of illness. He was 81.

Across his nearly sixty year acting career, O'Toole earned eight Academy Awards nominations, for 1962's Lawrence as well as Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, and most recently for the 2006 film Venus. Likely due to his self-admitted proclivity for hamming it up a bit out there, he never won the award. But in 2003, O'Toole did receive the Academy's Honorary Award for his lifetime body of memorable work, then still being five years before someone got him in Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage.

Whether a sign or onset of his physical decline, O'Toole formally retired from acting last year, saying, "The heart of it has gone out of me: it won't come back."

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