Emmy Winner Peter O'Toole Dead at 81

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.”

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14 Comments
  1. Montavilla says:

    Such a great actor. Rest in peace.

  2. ScorpionGlow says:

    So sad. A fine actor. Rest in peace.

  3. J.Norman says:

    Hadn’t heard much about him recently. I would have probably guessed that he already was gone.
    Great actor in his day.

    • Alex says:

      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.

    • dee123 says:

      Charming J.Norman. Just charming.

  4. Tran 2.0 says:

    One of the great cinematic legends of his generation. Lawrence of Arabia and The Last Emperor were both great movies. RIP Peter O’Toole :-(

  5. My Alter Ego says:

    An extraordinary actor – one of a kind; one of the greats. Indeed, Mr. O’Toole, rest in peace. You deserve that.

  6. Annie says:

    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.

  7. opus says:

    RIP Mr. O’Toole. I will always treasure your performance as Richard II opposite Katharine Hepburn in “The Lion in Winter”.

  8. prish says:

    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.

  9. Sparky says:

    RIP such a fine actor!!! He will be missed!!!

  10. Alex says:

    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.

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