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Peter O’Toole

The gentleman of the cinema

by Luca Manzoni
April 17th, 2015

Peter O’Toole, one of the great British actors of his age, was born in Galway, Ireland in 1932 and grew up in the English town of Leeds. He starred in many successful films and will always be associated with the role of Lawrence of Arabia, the 1962 blockbuster directed by David Lean.

He was nominated several times as Best Actor at the Academy Awards, without ever winning. Only in 2003 was he awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Academy.

He was a versatile film, TV and theatre actor and the theatre was his true passion. He will be remembered for his roles in Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972) The Stunt Man (1980) and My Favourite Year (1982). Peter O’Toole died in London in 2013, after a long illness.

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