Farewell, Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)

By December 15, 2013
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Sad news as the charismatic, IMMENSELY talented and ridiculously handsome Peter O’Toole has joined the choir invisible.

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Ireland born and England raised, O’Toole shot to stardom with his very FIRST film role as T.E. Lawrence in 1962’s Lawrence Of Arabia, garnering him the first of eight career Oscar nominations for roles in Becket, The Lion In Winter, Goodbye, Mr Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, and (MY favorite movie) My Favorite Year with “Perfect Strangers” star Mark Linn Baker (where O’Toole mocked his own life by playing an old, alcoholic has-been).

In 2003, O’Toole was presented an honorary Oscar of his own by Meryl Streep (below), with a very special inscription on the statue.

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“Whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.” – inscription on O’Toole’s Academy Award

Three years later in 2006, O’Toole earned his eighth and final Oscar nod for his turn as an old and out-of-work actor who becomes obsessed with a young lady in Venus and continued to work throughout his career including a turn as Pope Paul III in Showtime’s hit series “The Tudors”.

In 2012, O’Toole announced his retirement by saying “I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.”

O’Toole’s daughter, Kate (who said that her father’s health had been deteriorating for quite some time) released a written statement:

“His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”

“In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished,” she wrote. “We will be happy to speak to you all then but in the meantime if you could give Peter O’Toole the respect he deserves and allow us to grieve privately we’d appreciate it.”

Michael Higgins, longtime friend and president of Ireland said “Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre,” and O’Toole’s agent Steve Kenis said “he was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”

According to The Guardian, O’Toole’s surviving family members (which includes two daughters and a son) has said “a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would’ve wished, but until then they’re asking fans to allow them some privacy to remember their father as they wish.

O’Toole had completed his role of Gallus for the upcoming Katherine Of Alexandria and another project (Mary) announced before his passing.

O’Toole died Saturday in hospital at 81.

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Farewell, old chap. Enjoy your well deserved rest.

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