Iconic actor Peter O’Toole dies at 81

Irish-born actor Peter Seamus O’Toole died at his London home on Saturday at the age of 81.

With vivid blue eyes and a background in theater, O’Toole became a star in 1962 for his role as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s sweeping “Lawrence of Arabia,” earning the first of his eight Academy Award nominations. The other s came for “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “The Stunt Man” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982) and “Venus” (2006). He received an honorary Oscar in 2003.

O’Toole also wrote several memoirs and was popular on the talk-show circuit wild tales of his hard-drinking days and exploits with the likes of Richard Burton and Omar Sharif.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

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