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    LONDON (AP) — Peter O’Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died, his agent said Sunday. He was 81.

    O’Toole died Saturday after a long illness, Steve Kenis said in a brief statement.

    The
    family was overwhelmed “by the outpouring of real love and affection
    being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. … In
    due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as
    he would have wished,” O’Toole’s daughter Kate said in the statement.

    O’Toole got his first Oscar nomination for 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, his last for Venus in
    2006. With that he set the record for most nominations without ever
    winning, though he had accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003.

    A
    reformed — but unrepentant — hell-raiser, O’Toole long suffered from ill
    health. Always thin, he had grown wraithlike in later years, his
    famously handsome face eroded by years of hard drinking.

    But nothing diminished his flamboyant manner and candor.

    “If
    you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it,” he
    once said. “If you give up drinking, don’t go moaning about it; go back
    on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Wilt.”

    O’Toole began his acting career as one of the most exciting young talents on the British stage. His 1955 Hamlet, at the Bristol Old Vic, was critically acclaimed.

    International stardom came in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia.
    With only a few minor movie roles behind him, O’Toole was unknown to
    most moviegoers when they first saw him as T.E. Lawrence, the mythic
    British World War I soldier and scholar who led an Arab rebellion
    against the Turks.

    His sensitive portrayal of Lawrence’s complex character garnered O’Toole his first Oscar nomination.

    O’Toole
    was tall, fair and strikingly handsome, and the image of his bright
    blue eyes peering out of an Arab headdress in Lean’s spectacularly
    photographed desert epic was unforgettable.

    Playwright Noel Coward once said that if O’Toole had been any prettier, they would have had to call the movie Florence of Arabia.

    In 1964’s Becket,
    O’Toole played King Henry II to Richard Burton’s Thomas Becket, and won
    another Oscar nomination. Burton shared O’Toole’s fondness for
    drinking, and their offset carousing made headlines.

    O’Toole played Henry again in 1968 in The Lion in Winter, opposite Katharine Hepburn, for his third Oscar nomination.

    Four more nominations followed: in 1968 for Goodbye, Mr. Chips, in 1971 for The Ruling Class, in 1980 for The Stunt Man, and in 1982 for My Favorite Year. It was almost a quarter-century before he received his eighth and last, for Venus.

    Seamus
    Peter O’Toole was born Aug. 2, 1932, the son of Irish bookie Patrick
    “Spats” O’Toole and his wife Constance. There is some question about
    whether Peter was born in Connemara, Ireland, or in Leeds, northern
    England, where he grew up.

    After a teenage foray into journalism
    at the Yorkshire Evening Post and national military service with the
    navy, young O’Toole auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and
    won a scholarship.

    He went from there to the Bristol Old Vic and
    soon was on his way to stardom, helped along by an early success in 1959
    at London’s Royal Court Theatre in The Long and The Short and The Tall.

    The
    image of the renegade hell-raiser stayed with O’Toole for decades,
    although he gave up drinking in 1975 following serious health problems
    and major surgery.

    He did not, however, give up smoking unfiltered
    Gauloises cigarettes in an ebony holder. That and his penchant for
    green socks, voluminous overcoats and trailing scarves lent him a rakish
    air and suited his fondness for drama in the old-fashioned “bravura”
    manner.

    A month before his 80th birthday in 2012, O’Toole
    announced his retirement from a career that he said had fulfilled him
    emotionally and financially, bringing “me together with fine people,
    good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors:
    flops and hits.”

    “However, it’s my belief that one should decide
    for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay,” he said. “So I bid the
    profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.”

    In retirement, O’Toole said he would focus on the third volume of his memoirs.

    Good
    parts were sometimes few and far between, but “I take whatever good
    part comes along,” O’Toole told The Independent on Sunday newspaper in
    1990.

    “And if there isn’t a good part, then I do anything, just to
    pay the rent. Money is always a pressure. And waiting for the right
    part — you could wait forever. So I turn up and do the best I can.”

    The 1980 Macbeth in
    which he starred was a critical disaster of heroic proportions. But it
    played to sellout audiences, largely because the savaging by the critics
    brought out the curiosity seekers.

    “The thought of it makes my nose bleed,” he said years later.

    In 1989, however, O’Toole had a big stage success with Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell,
    a comedy about his old drinking buddy, the legendary layabout and
    ladies’ man who wrote The Spectator magazine’s weekly “Low Life” column
    when he was sober enough to do so.

    The honorary Oscar came 20 years after his seventh nomination for My Favorite Year.
    By then it seemed a safe bet that O’Toole’s prospects for another
    nomination were slim. He was still working regularly, but in smaller
    roles unlikely to earn awards attention.

    O’Toole graciously
    accepted the honorary award, quipping, “Always a bridesmaid, never a
    bride, my foot,” as he clutched his Oscar statuette.

    He had nearly
    turned down the award, sending a letter asking that the Academy of
    Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hold off on the honorary Oscar until he
    turned 80.

    Hoping another Oscar-worthy role would come his way, O’Toole wrote: “I am still in the game and might win the bugger outright.”

    The last chance came in, for Venus,
    in which he played a lecherous old actor consigned to roles as
    feeble-minded royals or aged men on their death beds. By failing again
    to win, he broke the tie for futility which had been shared with his old
    drinking buddy, Richard Burton.

    O’Toole divorced Welsh actress Sian Phillips in 1979 after 19 years of marriage. The couple had two daughters, Kate and Pat.
    A
    brief relationship with American model Karen Somerville led to the
    birth of his son Lorcan in 1983, and a change of lifestyle for O’Toole.

    After
    a long custody battle, a U.S. judge ruled Somerville should have her
    son during school vacations, and O’Toole would have custody during the
    school year.

    “The pirate ship has berthed,” he declared, happily
    taking on the responsibilities of fatherhood. He learned to coach
    schoolboy cricket and, when he was in a play, the curtain time was moved
    back to allow him part of the evenings at home with his son.

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    Baby Clyde
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    NOOOO!!!!!!

    Didn’t even know he was ill.

    I’m still annoyed he was snubbed for ‘Venus’. That’s not see say he was the best that year but to give it to Forrest Whiitaker instead???

    What were they thinking?

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    Oh no!!!!! This can’t be!

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/12/15/actualidad/1387132357_395738.html

    After Eleanor PArker, we have lost him… 
    Now he is the biggest loser among the actors… 8-0.

    R.I.P 

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    Scottferguson
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    He won an Oscar, albeit it honorary.
    And someone has to be a great actor to get 8 nominations. Loser is not a word that should be used in any form about him. 

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    TomHardys
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    He was stunning in Lawrence. What a legend. I’m very very sad. Rest in piece dear Mr. O’Toole.

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    Sab227
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    What a loss. He is a true legend and always will be considered one of the best actors of all time. RIP.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    I forgot to say “oscar” in a competitive oscars…
    But i agree to you, he is everything but a loser…
    At least he got an honorary oscar, Richard Burton, Thelma Ritter didnt…

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    He won an Oscar, albeit it honorary.
    And someone has to be a great actor to get 8 nominations. Loser is not a word that should be used in any form about him. 

    You only win competitive Oscars. You’re given honorary ones. 

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    24Emmy
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    RIP!

    His Honorary Oscar acceptance speech — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt564HJ_Irg

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    Scottferguson
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    [quote=”Scottferguson”]He won an Oscar, albeit it honorary.
    And someone has to be a great actor to get 8 nominations. Loser is not a word that should be used in any form about him. 

    You only win competitive Oscars. You’re given honorary ones. [/quote]

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    Scottferguson
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    [quote=”Scottferguson”]He won an Oscar, albeit it honorary.
    And someone has to be a great actor to get 8 nominations. Loser is not a word that should be used in any form about him. 

    You only win competitive Oscars. You’re given honorary ones. [/quote]

    I completely disagree. Honorary Oscars are won after they are voted on by a group of electors. Elections produce winners. That honorary Oscars are voted on by a smaller body (the Board of Governors rather than the whole Academy) makes them no less “won” than the others.

    He won an Honorary Oscar, exactly equal to the one he should have gotten for best actor. In some ways, it is a greater honor.

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    DominicCobb
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    Truly one of the greats.

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    Ghost
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    RIP, one of the greatest actors of all time.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    This is sad news. RIP to a true legend.

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