Eight-time Academy Award nominee Peter O’Toole has passed away at the age of 81. The charismatic actor who took the world by storm as Lawrence of Arabia battled illness for quite some time finally succumbed to the sickness this past Saturday.
The family of O’Toole issued a statement describing the feeling of overwhelming love and support they’ve received from fans: “by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. … In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished.”
In a career that spanded over four decades, O’Toole received his first Academy Award nomination in 1962 for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and his last in 2006 for ‘Venus’. O’Toole set a record for most Academy nominations without ever winning until he accepted an honorary award in 2003.
O’Toole began his acting career as one of the most-exciting young talents on the British stage in 1933 in ‘Hamlet’. He took the world by storm as a tall, strikingly handsome, energetic actor with bright blue eyes. [Click this link to read more about O'Toole's Career]
O’Toole was one of Hollywood’s great figures. We give our sincerest condolences to the O’Toole family. RIP.
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