Sunday, December 15, 2013

In Memoriam: Peter O'Toole

Irish born actor Peter O'Toole passed away today at the age of 81.  O'Toole is widely regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, and of all time.  One thing which eluded O'Toole throughout his long career was a competitive acting Academy Award; he received an Honorary Oscar in 2002.  O' Toole was nominated for 8 Oscars throughout his career.  
O'Toole rode onto the scene literally in 1962's Lawrence of Arabia, in one of the most phenomenal debuts of an actor.  David Lean's masterpiece is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, and O'Toole's performance is seen as one of the best, but how can you beat Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch?  O'Toole was nominated for playing King Henry II twice in both Becket (1964), and The Lion in Winter (1969), and received nominations all the way up until 2006, in the film Venus.

O'Toole had a tremendous presence on the stage, and screen; he will forever be remembered as a legendary actor, with those piercing blue eyes, and blonde hair.  While he never won an Oscar, OToole was a fascinating man whose partying antics with alcohol could have ruined him today, but he battled on worked hard, and won over the hearts of audiences for 5 decades in various roles.  O'Toole is legend who will be hard to forget, his legacy is impressive, and should be a model for great acting.

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