Skip to main content

From an NBC News tweet:

Lawrence of Arabia' actor Peter O’Toole dies at 81, British Press Association reports

Sexy Irish Actors: Peter O'Toole

Lawrence Of Arabia




Amazing actor and total badass, IMO. Lawrence of Arabia is a masterpiece, but he was also great in pretty much every movie he was in. I remember him from My Favorite Year, because it was on The Movie Channel (also passed) constantly back when my parents subscribed.

From The Guardian:

The president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, was among the first to pay tribute: "Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre."

"In a long list of leading roles on stage and in film, Peter brought an extraordinary standard to bear as an actor," Higgins said. "He had a deep interest in literature and a love of Shakespearean sonnets in particular. While he was nominated as best actor for an Oscar eight times, and received a special Oscar from his peers for his contribution to film, he was deeply committed to the stage. Those who saw him play leading roles on the screen from Lawrence in 1962, or through the role of Henry II in Becket, and The Lion in Winter, or through the dozens of films, will recognise a lifetime devoted to the artform of the camera.

It seems he was a lefty, too. From Wikipedia:

While studying at RADA in the early 1950s he was active in protesting against British involvement in the Korean War. Later, in the 1960s, he was an active opponent of the Vietnam War.


Before going into acting, O'Toole wanted to be a journalist. From Yahoo:

As a boy, after dropping out of Catholic School (where the nuns forced the left-handed lad to write with his right hand), O'Toole studied to be a reporter and became an apprentice at the Yorkshire Evening Post. O'Toole worked there until he was drafted into the military, and after his release, he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1952. As O'Toole put it, "I soon found out that, rather than chronicling events, I wanted to be the event."

Here's an abridged film history of O'Toole from Talking Points Memo:

O'Toole was tall, fair and strikingly handsome, and the image of his bright blue eyes peering out of an Arab headdress in Lean's spectacularly photographed desert epic (Lawrence of Arabia, 1962) was unforgettable.

Playwright Noel Coward once said that if O'Toole had been any prettier, they would have had to call the movie "Florence of Arabia."

In 1964's "Becket," O'Toole played King Henry II to Richard Burton's Thomas Becket, and won another Oscar nomination. Burton shared O'Toole's fondness for drinking, and their offset carousing made headlines.

O'Toole played Henry again in 1968 in "The Lion in Winter," opposite Katharine Hepburn, for his third Oscar nomination.

Four more nominations followed: in 1968 for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," in 1971 for "The Ruling Class," in 1980 for "The Stunt Man," and in 1982 for "My Favorite Year." It was almost a quarter-century before he received his eighth and last, for "Venus."

O'Toole received a lifetime achievement Oscar award in 2003.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Bob Johnson, Pat K California, Angie in WA State, TXdem, northsylvania, Bill in Portland Maine, fcvaguy, Brainwrap, murphy, Gooserock, JeffLieber, Pandora, Sprinkles, LynChi, donna in evanston, Jay C, eeff, Mnemosyne, rubyr, dsb, willyr, Creosote, JLFinch, concernedamerican, I am Spartacus, BlackSheep1, kalihikane, susakinovember, lunacat, Aquarius40, paulitics, CanisMaximus, mauricehall, Ignacio Magaloni, navajo, Cedwyn, sidnora, Brit, Lilyvt, Texknight, psnyder, Farugia, figbash, pat bunny, MA Liberal, White Buffalo, churchylafemme, defluxion10, RebeccaG, walkshills, FlyingToaster, zerelda, KayCeSF, eve, furi kuri, Bluesee, LakeSuperior, SherwoodB, klamothe, chimene, andgarden, citizenx, YucatanMan, Laurence Lewis, owlbear1, Pam from Calif, Sara R, aaraujo, markdd, Ozymandius, sunbro, kaliope, PinHole, Tool, Tunk, FindingMyVoice, Beezzley, coloradorob, peacestpete, begone, Mother Mags, kovie, BachFan, WB Reeves, tarheelblue, Debbie in ME, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Kingsmeg, Ky DEM, Kimball Cross, mr crabby, mooshter, Dvalkure, martyc35, ruleoflaw, dougymi, middleagedhousewife, onionjim, BlueMississippi, bumbi, thenekkidtruth, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Dianna, blueoregon, shaharazade, Friend of the court, slksfca, markthshark, Nulwee, NonnyO, cpresley, old wobbly, Sapere aude, BeninSC, Habitat Vic, camlbacker, devis1, puakev, Mary Mike, HeartlandLiberal, flumptytail, operculum, Dave in Northridge, sfbob, Bullie, gchaucer2, Wreck Smurfy, exreaganite, leonard145b, JML9999, Keith930, shmuelman, on the cusp, chicago minx, gizmo59, Mighty Ike, JeffW, GAS, Youffraita, bythesea, skohayes, pamelabrown, alnep, Horsefeathers, maggiejean, MufsMom, J M F, jarbyus, greengemini, carolyn urban, LeftOfYou, Remediator, followyourbliss, moonbatlulu, oxfdblue, Keith Pickering, moviemeister76, ArthurPoet, Dragon5616, astral66, rebel ga, collardgreens, Black Mare, Railfan, Just Bob, hotdamn, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, Vacationland, Tea and Strumpets, mookins, freeport beach PA, pixxer, elginblt, Betty Pinson, DrTerwilliker, cocinero, fiercefilms, DMentalist, no way lack of brain, Onomastic, annieli, kerflooey, slowbutsure, vahana, BlueJessamine, FarWestGirl, Nicci August, SoCaliana, NormAl1792, Teiresias70, Word Alchemy, badscience, merrily1000, worldlotus, enhydra lutris, antooo, myrmecia gulosa, Vatexia, cactusgal, Miggles, joanbrooker, DRo, SouthernLiberalinMD, Rashaverak, caryltoo, jacey, Liberal Granny, anodnhajo, IndieGuy, nellgwen, orangecurtainlib, swampyankee, Mr Robert, jan4insight, belinda ridgewood, doroma, terrybuck, avsp, arizonablue, Glen The Plumber, corpsechorus, Linda1961, JayRaye, bogieshadow, broths, HedwigKos, Aunt Pat, RiveroftheWest, northerntier, helpImdrowning, Knockbally, duhban, OceanDiver, htowngenie, The Marti, richardvjohnson, eagleray, Carojay, Elizaveta, Capt Crunch, patbahn, MorrellWI1983, Red Maria, susangroggins

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site