Peter O'Toole Dies at 81

in memoriam

Tributes are pouring in for the late Irish actor, who had received multiple nominations for Academy Awards.

Dec 16, 2013 | 04:44 PM

Peter O’Toole, the Academy Award-nominated Irish actor, best known for playing the title role in the 1961 film classic “Lawrence of Arabia,” died Saturday in London at 81, said his agent Steve Kenis in statement.

O’Toole, a stage Shakespearean actor who holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win—“Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “The Stuntman” (1980) “My Favorite Year” (1982), and Venus (2007)—immortalized T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s 1961 film about Lawrence’s experiences in Arabia during World War I.

His family said tributes are pouring in, including one from Irish President Michael D. Higgins who said, "Ireland and the world has lost one of the giants of film and theatre." 

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