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PETER O’TOOLE DEAD AT 81

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Peter O’Toole, best remembered for his performance in the title role of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, has died in London at the age of 81. In a statement, his daughter Kate O’Toole said that he had been ill for some time, but she did not specify the nature of his illness nor the cause of death. He received eight Oscar nominations during his career, twice for playing the same character, Henry II, first opposite Richard Burton in Becket, then opposite Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter. In its obituary, the New York Times observed: “Though he won many lesser awards during his career, triumph at the Academy eluded him, perhaps in part because he had made no secret of his dislike of Hollywood and naturalistic acting, which he considered drab.” It concluded with a quote from the actor, written when he was 18: ““I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. I do not crave security. I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.”