Peter O’Toole Dies at 81

By Will Ashton

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Peter O’Toole, a legendary stage and film actor who received eight Academy Award nominations, died at age 81, according to his family.

The Guardian reveals that O’Toole, best known for his performance as the titular character in Lawrence of Arabia, died in a hospital in London after a long illness.

Kate O’Toole, his daughter, told the press:

“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.”

Just last year, O’Toole announced that he was retiring from acting, saying, “I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.”

I’m not going to say anything new, but, like everyone else, I was always a fan of O’Toole’s work. Even though not every film he made was a masterpiece, he was always able to stand out and his death represents a huge lost for both the theater and the stage.

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