Peter O’Toole is a 7 time Oscar Nominated actor, best known for his portrayal of T.E Lawrence in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, as well as his duel roles of Henry the II, in The Lion in Winter and Becket.

Born in Connemara Ireland, August 2, 1932, O’Toole moved to Leeds, England at a young age. He decided his ideal field of work would be in journalism, and he worked his way into the game. This did not last for long though, for he soon would discover acting, and debuted on stage at the age of 17.

His next two years of life would be in the Royal Navy, where he was a radioman. O’Toole then returned to studying acting, this time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, with many soon to be famous actors, including Albert Finney (who O’Toole would beat out for the lead in Lawrence in the near future.)

Although his true debut was in 1959 with The Savage Innocents (1959), O’Toole had a few minor roles until his breakthrough in the 1962 blockbuster Lawrence of Arabia. This 3 hour epic made O’Toole a huge star.

O’Toole would spend the next years in a combination of films, plenty of them below his true acting skill, and although some of them were still successful, he never won the academy award he was nominated for, seven different times.

O’Toole’s alcoholism is often blamed as the reason why he would never relive his performance in Lawrence of Arabia, and although he recovered from it eventually, his good-looks and fame were almost gone by then.

All the same, O’Toole is considered to be one of the best actors of his day.

IMDb Filmography

  1. Global Heresy (2001) .... Lord Foxley
  2. The Final Curtain (2001) .... J.J. Curtis
  3. Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999) (TV) .... Jeffrey Bernard
  4. Joan of Arc (1999/I) (TV) .... Bishop Cauchon
  5. Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999) .... William Williamson
  6. The Manor (1999) .... Mr. Ravenscroft
  7. Coming Home (1998) (TV) .... Colonel Carey-Lewis
  8. Phantoms (1998) .... Timothy Flyte
  9. FairyTale: A True Story (1997) .... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. Gulliver's Travels (1996) (TV) .... Emperor of Lilliput
  11. "Heavy Weather" (1995) TV Series .... Clarence, Earl of Emsworth
  12. "Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III" (1994) (mini) TV Series .... Sam Trump
  13. Civvies (1992) (TV) .... Barry Newman
  14. The Seventh Coin (1992) .... Emil Saber
  15. Rebecca's Daughters (1992) .... Lord Sarn
  16. Isabelle Eberhardt (1991) .... Major Lyautey
  17. King Ralph (1991) .... Willingham
  18. Nutcracker Prince (1990) (voice) .... Pantaloon
  19. The Rainbow Thief (1990) .... Prince Meleagre
  20. Uncle Silas (1990) (TV) .... Uncle Silas
  21. Crossing to Freedom (1990) (TV) .... John Sidney Howard
  22. In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989) .... Prof. McShoul
  23. Wings of Fame (1989) .... Cesar Valentin
  24. High Spirits (1988) .... Peter Plunkett
  25. The Dark Angel (1987) (TV) .... Uncle Silas
  26. The Last Emperor (1987) .... Reginal Flemming Johnson (R.J.)
  27. Club Paradise (1986) .... Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
  28. Creator (1985) .... Doctor Harry Wolper
  29. Supergirl (1984) .... Zaltar
  30. Kim (1984) (TV) .... Lama
  31. Pygmalion (1983) (TV) .... Professor Henry Higgins
  32. Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet (1983) (voice) .... Sherlock Holmes
  33. Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse (1983) (voice) .... Sherlock
  34. Holmes
  35. Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four (1983) (voice) .... Sherlock Holmes
  36. Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (1983) (voice) .... Sherlock Holmes
  37. Svengali (1983) (TV) .... Anton Bosnyak
  38. My Favorite Year (1982) .... Alan Swann
  39. "Masada" (1981) (mini) TV Series .... General Cornelius Flavius Silva
  40. "Strumpet City" (1980) TV Series .... Jim Larkin
  41. The Stunt Man (1980) .... Eli Cross
  42. Caligula (1980) .... Tiberius
  43. Zulu Dawn (1979) .... Lord Chelmsford
  44. Power Play (1978) .... Colonel Zeller
  45. Rogue Male (1976) (TV) .... Capt. Robert Thorndyke
  46. Foxtrot (1975) .... Liviu
  47. Man Friday (1975) .... Robinson Crusoe
  48. Rosebud (1975) .... Larry Martin
  49. Under Milk Wood (1973) .... Captain Cat
  50. The Ruling Class (1972) .... Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney
  51. Man of La Mancha (1972) .... Don Quixote de La Mancha/ Miguel de Cervantes/ Alonso Quijana
  52. Murphy's War (1971) .... Murphy
  53. Country Dance (1970) .... Sir Charles Henry Arbuthnot Pinkerton Ferguson
  54. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) .... Arthur Chipping
  55. Great Catherine (1968) .... Capt. Charles Edstaston
  56. The Lion in Winter (1968) .... Henry II, King of England
  57. Present Laughter (1968) (TV)
  58. Casino Royale (1967) (uncredited) .... Piper
  59. The Night of the Generals (1967) .... General Tanz
  60. La Bibbia (1966) .... The Three Angels
  61. How to Steal a Million (1966) .... Simon Dermott
  62. The Sandpiper (1965) (uncredited) (voice)
  63. What's New, Pussycat (1965) .... Michael James
  64. Lord Jim (1965) .... Lord Jim
  65. Becket (1964) .... King Henry II
  66. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) .... T.E. Lawrence
  67. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960) .... Captain Fitch
  68. Kidnapped (1960) .... Robin MacGregor
  69. The Savage Innocents (1959) .... First Trooper

Editors Note:

O'Toole died on December 14, 2013 at the Wellington Hospital in London at the age of 81 following a long illness His funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium in London on December 21, 2013 where he was cremated in a wicker coffin.



Sources:
http://members.tripod.com/peter_otoole/
http://us.imdb.com/Name?O%27Toole,+Peter
http://us.imdb.com/Bio?O%27Toole,+Peter

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