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Hollywood legend Peter O'Toole has passed away

12.15.2013

Just a few weeks shy of 2014 and we have lost another famous actor.  This time, the person who has passed was not only a Hollywood icon but one of the greatest thespians in cinema history.  Peter O'Toole, best known for his title role in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, has died at the age of 81.

O'Toole was nominated for eight Academy Awards over the course of forty years beginning with LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in 1962 through a nomination for VENUS in 2006.  Despite never winning the prize, O'Toole made an indelible mark on movies such as BECKET, GOODBYE MR. CHIPS, THE LION IN WINTER, THE STUNT MAN, MAN OF LA MANCHA, MY FAVORITE YEAR, and THE LAST EMPEROR.  He also appeared in recent years in the films TROY, STARDUST and provided the voice of Anton Ego in Pixar's RATATOUILLE.  On the less acclaimed side of his career, he also brought a semblance of class to the movies KING RALPH and SUPERGIRL.

Despite retiring from acting in 2012 due to illness, Peter O'Toole remained a vibrant figure from a bygone era of acting.  He was pure class and accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003 from Meryl Streep to which his response was “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride my foot! I have my very own Oscar now to be with me ’til death do us part.”

Peter O'Toole did win other awards including BAFTA, Golden Globes, and Emmys, but the man who was the most nominated person to never win an Oscar will go down in the eternity of movies as one of the best.  He will be missed.

Source: Deadline

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1:30PM on 12/16/2013
One of the world's finest.
One of the world's finest.
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1:14PM on 12/16/2013

RIP 1932 - 1987

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12:04PM on 12/16/2013
He was a legend. I need to track down a copy of Lawrence of Arabia. It's been 20 years since I've seen it.
He was a legend. I need to track down a copy of Lawrence of Arabia. It's been 20 years since I've seen it.
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12:04PM on 12/16/2013
i always like peter o'toole the man could read the phone book and make it interesting i did like him in high spirits granted not the worlds best movie
i always like peter o'toole the man could read the phone book and make it interesting i did like him in high spirits granted not the worlds best movie
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10:14AM on 12/16/2013

To this legend

I raise a parting glass.
I raise a parting glass.
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7:14AM on 12/16/2013
And who could forget his role in one of the worst movies ever, CALIGULA? Even when the man was in trash, he was entertaining. Truly impressive, and a real talent--RIP.
And who could forget his role in one of the worst movies ever, CALIGULA? Even when the man was in trash, he was entertaining. Truly impressive, and a real talent--RIP.
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3:48AM on 12/16/2013
A true legend! R.I.P. :-(
A true legend! R.I.P. :-(
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3:30AM on 12/16/2013
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

R.I.P. Sir.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

R.I.P. Sir.
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2:33AM on 12/16/2013
Rest in peace, Mr. O'Toole. I'll always remember you every time I watch Lawrence of Arabia and The Stunt Man. You will be missed very much.
Rest in peace, Mr. O'Toole. I'll always remember you every time I watch Lawrence of Arabia and The Stunt Man. You will be missed very much.
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12:53AM on 12/16/2013

What the hell man!

Hey Death, take a holiday man!

One of the all-time greats...
Hey Death, take a holiday man!

One of the all-time greats...
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11:24PM on 12/15/2013

My favorite

His performance in Beckett was amazing!! One of my all time favorite movies!!
His performance in Beckett was amazing!! One of my all time favorite movies!!
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6:59AM on 12/16/2013
apparently he and Richard Burton were drunk for most of the shoot.
apparently he and Richard Burton were drunk for most of the shoot.
10:54PM on 12/15/2013
One hundred years from now people will still be watching Lawrence of Arabia. Gone but truly never forgotten.
(And I've got to be honest - I quite enjoy King Ralph, as well.)
One hundred years from now people will still be watching Lawrence of Arabia. Gone but truly never forgotten.
(And I've got to be honest - I quite enjoy King Ralph, as well.)
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10:21PM on 12/15/2013
Great actor. Will be missed. Thanks for the memories Mr. O'Toole. RIP.
Great actor. Will be missed. Thanks for the memories Mr. O'Toole. RIP.
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10:42PM on 12/15/2013
How is someone dying a bad idea?
How is someone dying a bad idea?
12:07AM on 12/16/2013
It's not an idea at all. That doesn't mean we have to like it necessarily.
It's not an idea at all. That doesn't mean we have to like it necessarily.
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