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Peter O’Toole (1932-2013): Our 14 Favorite Moments

December 15, 2013
Peter O'Toole as 'Lawrence of Arabia,' the role that immortalized him.

Peter O’Toole as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ the role that immortalized him.

Irish-born, British-educated actor Peter O’Toole passed away December 14 at Wellington Hospital in London after battling a long illness. He was 81.

Looking back at his long, incredibly successful and admired career, it is hard to believe O’Toole never won an Oscar despite his eight nominations (he also had 11 Golden Globes nominations and four wins). At least, the Academy was fair enough to give O’Toole a well-deserved lifetime honorary achievement in 2003, given to those “whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.”

“He was the most original actor to come out of Britain since the war,” once said Richard Burton, who played opposite O’Toole in Becket (1964). The late actor said O’Toole’s acting had “something odd, mystical and deeply disturbing.”

In the following pages, we’ll honor our favorite Peter O’Toole moments. Feel free to add your own favorite clip in the comments section.

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