Emmy Winner Peter O'Toole Dead at 81

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Peter O'Toole Dies DeadPeter O’Toole, best known for his lead role in the film classic Lawrence of Arabia, died Saturday at a London hospital at the age of 81, according to multiple reports.

While O’Toole made his career on the big screen — with eight Academy Award nominations, all in the Lead Actor category, plus an Honorary Award in 2003 — he also worked in a number of high-profile television projects, earning an Emmy win as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 1999 for Joan of Arc.

O’Toole also scored nods in 2003 as Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Hitler: The Rise of Evil, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special in 1981 for Masada.

In July 2012, O’Toole announced his retirement from acting. “It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage,” the Irish-born thespian wrote at the time. “The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back.”



Comments (13)

  • Such a great actor. Rest in peace.

    Comment by Montavilla – December 15, 2013 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sad. A fine actor. Rest in peace.

    Comment by ScorpionGlow – December 15, 2013 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hadn’t heard much about him recently. I would have probably guessed that he already was gone.
    Great actor in his day.

    Comment by J.Norman – December 15, 2013 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, of course you wouldn’t have heard much about him lately. He was 81, which is not an age that typically gets prime roles, and he was retired! As for being a great actor “in his day,” talk about damning with faint praise. O’Toole was timeless and an incredible actor.

      Comment by Alex – December 15, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Charming J.Norman. Just charming.

      Comment by dee123 – December 15, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the great cinematic legends of his generation. Lawrence of Arabia and The Last Emperor were both great movies. RIP Peter O’Toole :-(

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – December 15, 2013 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • An extraordinary actor – one of a kind; one of the greats. Indeed, Mr. O’Toole, rest in peace. You deserve that.

    Comment by My Alter Ego – December 15, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was so fortunate to be able to see him perform in “Pygmalion” in London in ’84, during a high school graduation trip. As a young actor, seeing one of the greats like that was a truly heady experience I’ll never forget. God bless him, and may he rest easy.

    Comment by Annie – December 15, 2013 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP Mr. O’Toole. I will always treasure your performance as Richard II opposite Katharine Hepburn in “The Lion in Winter”.

    Comment by opus – December 15, 2013 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I saw Lawrence of Arabia in the movie theater when it came out. Only those of us who’ve seen it on the giant screen can understand why it was listed as number one of spectacles. Thank you Mr. O’Toole for Lawrence of Arabia, thus giving us the matching bookend to Rebel Without a Cause. You ushered in the true 60′s.

    Comment by prish – December 15, 2013 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RIP such a fine actor!!! He will be missed!!!

    Comment by Sparky – December 15, 2013 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • O’Toole maybe should have won the Best Actor Oscar in 1962 for Lawrence of Arabia, but then again, he was up against Gregory Peck for To Kill a Mockingbird. If ever a year should have had a tie in that category, 1962 was that year. O’Toole was also nominated in 1964 for Becket, and that was a year he probably should have won (Rex Harrison did for My Fair Lady)–then or in 1968 for The Lion in Winter (that year, Cliff Robertson won for Charley). He was made for color film–those beautiful blue eyes! And he worked almost until the end, too. He was a true star.

    Comment by Alex – December 15, 2013 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tough to beat Gregory Peck that year, but definitely should have won for The Lion in Winter.

      Comment by Bob – December 16, 2013 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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