Monday, December 16, 2013

Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O'Toole) dies at 81

Those who remember the character of Lawrence of Arabia, would also remember the Hollywood famed actor Peter O'Toole. Well Lawrence of Arabia died at 81 after prolonged illness at 81.

The veteran actor – best known for his starring role in Sir David Lean’s 1962 film classic Lawrence Of Arabia – died on Saturday at the Wellington hospital in London.

The charismatic actor – whose early life is something of a mystery – achieved instant stardom as Lawrence Of Arabia and went on to be nominated eight times for a best-actor Academy Award. However, he ended up with the unenviable record of being the most nominated actor never to win.

O’Toole’s daughter, actress Kate O’Toole, said: ‘His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed 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.’

Following Lawrence Of Arabia, other nominations followed for Becket (1964), The Lion In Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980) and My Favourite Year (1982).

In 2003 he was awarded an honorary Oscar, but initially refused to accept it on the grounds that he was not yet 80 years old – and might still win it for a movie  role. But did not live long after that as he dies at 81.

Read more at Mail Online
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