Peter O'Toole, who will always be remembered for the fantastic role he played as "Lawrence of Arabia", has died at 81 years old. E! Online reported on Dec. 15, 2013, Peter O'Toole, the legendary Irish actor, died on Saturday, Dec. 14. His agent said that O'Toole passed away at London's Wellington hospital after a prolonged illness, and commented he "was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field."
O'Toole was most well known for his role as the British military figure who led a rebellion in Arabia during WW I in "Lawrence of Arabia". He was also well known for roles in "Becket", "The Lion in Winter", "The Stunt Man" and "My Favorite Year". O'Toole was nominated for eight Academy Awards and was given an
Honorary Oscar in 2003. O'Toole announced that he was retiring from acting last year after more than fifty years at the top in the business. He said at the time, "I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
Entertainment Weekly reports that O’Toole was "arguably the most strikingly charismatic, most eerily handsome, most preternaturally gifted actor of his acting generation." O’Toole graduated in 1954 from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art along with Richard Burton, Albert Finney, and Alan Bates. O’Toole started out as a journalist before serving in the Navy and than moving onto acting. He was one of a kind whose memory will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who likes good entertainment.