Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as <em>Lawrence of Arabia</em> and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, died Saturday. He was 81.
Throughout his career, launched by <em>Lawrence of Arabia</em>, O'Toole was nominated for eight Oscars.
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O'Toole receives an honorary Oscar at the 75th Academy Awards, presented by actress Meryl Streep, in March 2003.
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In 1983, O'Toole starred as Professor Higgins with Canadian actress Margot Kidder as Eliza Doolittle in a U.S. television production of <em>Pygmalion</em>.
O'Toole started on the stage in London. In 1960, he starred as Petruchio, with Peggy Ashcroft as Katherine, in Shakespeare's <em>The Taming of the Shrew,</em> at the Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
<em>Lawrence of Arabia</em> was filmed in the Jordanian desert in 1961. The role of T.E. Lawrence<em> </em>would make O'Toole famous.
Actor Peter O'Toole performed on stage and on film in many leading roles, and began his acting career in the 1950s when he was serving in the navy. He died on Dec. 14 at the age of 81.
Blond, blue-eyed and wearing blazing white robes in Lawrence Of Arabia, Peter O'Toole was handsome enough — many said beautiful enough — to carry off the scene in which director David Lean simultaneously made stars of both his title character and his leading man.
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Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood legend who was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday in a London hospital. The 81-year old Irishman was nominated for eight Oscars in his distinguished career, and was known as a bit of a hellraiser.
To those who hadn't seen the actor perform on the London stage, O'Toole was seemingly catapulted into fame. But it may be more accurate to say he charged into it. As T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole was tall, handsome and sensitive.