Irish born and British raised legendary actor Peter O'Toole has passed away at the age of 81. Most famous for his film 'Lawrence of Arabia' O'Toole has taken his final curtain call. Peter O'Toole had such a colorful life. His father was a professional bookie which could have many stories to be told but never will. At a young age O'Toole would become a journalist working his way up from copy boy. H would also spend two years in the Royal Navy as a radio man. It was not until he arrived at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts that O'Toole would not see what he was destined to do, acting.
His mates at school would be Albert Finney, Alan bates, and Richard Harris. He would play in Hamlet in 1955 as his acting debut. From there he would work on a British TV show called 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' in 1956. It was six years later that he would have the break of a lifetime.
In 1962 he would get the nod for the starring role in 'Lawrence of Arabia'. This film would define the rest of his career. He would get an Academy Award nod for the role but he would get seven others never winning one outright. He would be great in other films like 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' and 'King Ralph' two of my favorites. Yes I know not two of his greatest but they are mine.
O'Toole would go out and work the town so to speak and would be seen everywhere. One of his drinking buddies and probably his most enjoyable was Richard Burton. I would have loved to been around in those days. It was however to come to an end in 1975 when O'Toole would lose some of insides due to drinking. Afterward he would become thin and skeleton like but he would still go on the stage and screen to make movies and shows. He would never regain his boyish looks and swagger he had turned into being a star.
O'Toole would marry once to Actress Sian Phillips and they would have two children Kate and Pat. The marriage would from 1959 to 1979.
Peter O'Toole will always be cherished as "Lawrence" but he will be loved for being that sort of actor that you knew if he was in the film, it would be worth watching. Rest in Peace.