Peter O Toole
Peter O'Toole (born August 2, 1932)
Stage and screen actor Peter O'Toole has become famous for often playing characters who are otherworldy visionaries. The recipient of seven Oscar nominations, he won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, at the 75th Academy Awards ceremony.
Born in Connemara, Ireland, August 2, 1932, he was raised in Leeds, England, the son of an Irish father and Scottish mother. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and spent several years performing onstage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. He made his film debut in 1959 in The Savage Innocents, but leaped to stardom 3 years later when he was chosen by David Lean to star in Lawrence of Arabia. He was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of T.E. Lawrence in the film. His other Oscar-nominated films are Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), and My Favorite Year (1982). O'Toole published a memoir, Loitering with Intent, in 1992.
Among the other films O'Toole has starred in are: How to Steal a Million (1966), The Night of the Generals (1967), Man of La Mancha (1972), The Last Emperor (1987), King Ralph (1991), and Troy (2004). He has also appeared in several TV shows, including the mini-series Masada (1981), Svengali (1983), and Crossing to Freedom (1990). He appeared on Broadway in Pygmalion in 1987, and in 2000, he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement for his theatrical career
O'Toole's 20-year marriage to actress Sian Phillips ended in divorce. They have two daughters. O'Toole also has a son with Karen Brown.
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