Obituary: Peter O’Toole

Actor Peter O’Toole, who starred in Sir David Lean’s 1962 film classic Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday aged 81, his agent has said.

He was being treated at London’s Wellington hospital after a long illness, his agent added.

O’Toole’s daughter Kate said the family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us.

He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, having initially turned it down.

In a letter the actor asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to delay it until he was 80, saying he was still in the game and might win the bugger outright.

But when he finally clasped his statuette, he said: Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot.

O’Toole’s agent said he was one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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