ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Legendary British actor Peter O'Toole has died, aged 82. The actor, best known for portraying T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's 1962 classic, Lawrence of Arabia passed away in London on Saturday following a long illness.

Although remembered for his breakout role in Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole had a long and and illustrious career, including films such as The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and My Favorite Year. Despite never winning an Academy Award, O'Toole received eight nominations, four Golden Globes and an Emmy. He was finally recognized by the Academy for his life-long commitment to film with an honorary Oscar in 2003.

However, O'Toole was also known his controversial early life, becoming emblematic of the a new breed of hard-drinking Hollywood star. According to The Guardian, he once said:

We heralded the '60s. Me, [Richard] Burton, Richard Harris; we did in public what everyone else did in private then, and does for show now. We drank in public, we knew about pot.

After battling and overcoming stomach cancer in the 1970s, O'Toole became prolific both in film and theater, appearing in such films as The Man of La Mancha, Zulu Dawn and Caligula.

Most recently, O'Toole appeared in 2007's Stardust and Venus, for which he received his eight Oscar nomination, and provided the voice of food critic Anton Ego in Pixar's Ratatouille.

Last year, O'Toole announced his retirement from acting, stating:

I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.

Despite this, his last two films, Mary and Katherine of Alexandria have still yet to be released.

O'Toole is survived by two daughters, Pat and Kate, and a son, Lorcan.


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