Peter O'Toole

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Peter O'Toole

Born

8/2/1932, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

Birth Name

Peter Seamus O'Toole

Gender

Male
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Irish born actor who burst onto the scene in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. It was the first of many for O'Toole who holds the industry record of being nominated seven times for an Oscar without winning. This…more

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  • Trivia

    • O'Toole recieved a 2007 Oscar Nomination for Best Actor for his role in Venus.

    • In 2005, Peter played Casanova as an older man in a BBC mini-series about the legendary lover.

    • Peter's life was once the subject of an episode of Biography on A&E.

    • Peter once appeared as a guest on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.

    • Peter became a diabetic when his pancreas was removed in a surgical operation.

    • Peter was director David Lean's second choice to play "Lawrence of Arabia." He got the part when Albert Finney pulled out of the production.

    • Peter and Omar Sharif are scheduled to appear together for a third time in the upcoming film One Night With the King which is scheduled for release sometime in 2006.

    • Peter and Lawrence of Arabia co-star Omar Sharif appeared together once again in the 1967 war drama/murder mystery Night of the Generals.

    • Elizabeth Taylor didn't like then husband Richard Burton hanging around with Peter because she felt he was a bad influence on Burton.

    • Peter once appeared in a commercial for Domino's Pizza.

    • Peter's parents were Patrick "Spats" & Constance Jane Eliot Ferguson-O'Toole.

    • Peter dated actress and model Karen Brown (now known as Karen Dempsey) from 1982 to 1988.

    • Peter only worked six months at the Bristol Old Vic, where he made his professional debut in 1955.

    • Peter was one of the biggest box-office attractions in the late '60s and early '70s, but his career was nearly destroyed by drinking problems.

    • Peter is an avid cricket player.

    • Peter currently lives in London with his son.

    • Peter worked as the Artistic Director with the Royal Alexandra Theatre Company in Toronto, which led to a tour of Canada and America.

    • Peter worked for one year at the Stratford Memorial Theatre.

    • Peter worked for four years with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company.

    • Peter appeared onstage for one year at the Royal Court.

    • Peter was a member of the Abbey Theatre company.

    • Peter made his professional acitng debut in quite a unique way with The London Philharmonic Orchestra where he recited Shakespearean text to Mendelssohn's music of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    • Peter worked for the Yorkshire Evening News as an apprentice journalist before he became an actor.

    • Peter O'Toole has won various awards/acknowledgements throughout the years. In 1970 and 1927 respectively, Peter won the NBR Award for Best Actor for: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and The Ruling Class (1972). He also won for Man of La Mancha (1972).In 1981, Peter won the NSFC Award for Best Actor for: The Stunt Man (1980).
      In 2004, Peter received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah Film and Video Festival. In 2004, Peter won the IFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in Film/TV
      for: Troy (2004). Peter O'Toole has also been nominated for various Golden Laurel awards. In 1963, Peter was nominated for the Golden Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance for: Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Even though he only made 4th place he did, in the same year, win the Golden Laurel Award for Top New Male Personality. Then, in 1965, Peter was nominated for the Golden Laurel Award for Best Male Star and made 10th place and for the Golden Laurel for Best Dramatic Performance, Male for: Becket (1964)and received 4th place. In 1970, Peter was nominated for the Golden Laurel Award for Best Male Star. He made 13th place.

    • In 1987, Peter was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
      for: Club Paradise (1986).

    • In 1965, Peter won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
      for: Becket (1964).

    • In 1969, Peter won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
      Musical/Comedy for: The Lion in Winter (1968).

    • In 1970, Peter won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor-Musical/Comedy for: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).

    • In 1963, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer -Male for: Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

    • In 1973, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: Man of La Mancha (1972).

    • In 1981, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama for: The Stunt Man (1980).

    • In 1982, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: Masada (1981).

    • In 1983, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for: My Favorite Year (1982).

    • In 2000, Peter was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
      for: Joan of Arc (1999/I).

    • In 1981, Peter was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for: Masada (1981) .

    • In 1999, Peter won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Bishop Cauchon on Joan of Arc (1999).

    • In 2003, Peter was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for: Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003).

    • In 1967, Peter won the David Award Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero for: The Night of the Generals (1967).

    • In 1970, Peter won the David Award Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)
      for: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).

    • In 1988, Peter won the David Award for Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista)
      for: The Last Emperor (1987).

    • In 2003, Peter was nominated for the DVD Premiere Award for Best Actor
      for: Global Heresy (2002).

    • In 2002, Peter won the Best Actor Award
      for: The Final Curtain (2002) at the Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish & British Film.

    • In 1987, Peter won the Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series
      for his appearance in the The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985) episode Banshee.

    • In 1963, Peter won the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor
      for: Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor
      for: Becket (1964).

    • In 1989, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for: The Last Emperor (1987).

    • Peter O'Toole has been nominated for many Oscar Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role. They are as follows: Lawrence of Arabia (1962/1963), Becket (1964/1965), The Lion in Winter (1968/1969), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969/1970), The Ruling Class (1972/1973), and The Stunt Man (1980/1981), and My Favorite Year (1982/1983). Finally, in 2003, Peter O'Toole received an Honorary Award from the Academy Awards for his remarkable talents which have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.

    • Despite spending most of his life in England, Peter is not a British citizen.

    • Peter has been married once. It was to Siân Phillips from 1959 to 1979. He also has three children, two daughters named Kate & Patricia and a son named Lorcan.

    • Peter once appeared on TFI Friday (1996) and performed various oddities, including the hilarious Peter O'Toole reads lines that are quite clearly beneath him. He read lines from the Spice Girl's single "Wannabe" and when he finished, stating in a deadpan voice, that what he really really wanted was a "zig-a-zig ahhh" a staggered Ronald Fraser exclaimed "Do you really?!"

    • In October of 1963, Peter starred in the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Hamlet, under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier, who had both starred in and directed the 1948 film version of the play. It was the National Theatre's inaugural production, and, unfortunately, it was never filmed, recorded, or televised.

    • Both Peter and his fellow Irish actor (and close friend), the late Richard Harris appeared in versions of Gulliver's Travels. Harris played the 1977 film version Gulliver's Travels (1977) and O'Toole played the "Emperor of Lilliput" in the 1996 TV-film version Gulliver's Travels (1996) (TV), where Ted Danson played "Gulliver."

    • In 1976, Peter underwent surgery to remove parts of his stomach and intestine due to his heavy drinking. In the following year he almost died from a blood disorder. These two serious illnesses greatly affected his ability to work at that time.

    • Peter is an Associate Member of RADA.

    • Peter is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as Best Actor for "Henry II" in Becket (1964) and for "Henry II" in The Lion in Winter (1968). The others are Paul Newman as "Fast Eddie Felson" in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), Bing Crosby as "Father O'Malley" in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and Al Pacino as "Michael Corleone" in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

    • Peter was best friends with fellow Irish actor Richard Harris. After Harris died, his family hoped that O'Toole would replace him as "Professor Albus Dumbledore" in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

    • Peter's father was Irish, and his mother was Scottish.

    • Peter is a supporter of Sunderland football club of the English Premiership.

    • Peter was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history. He placed #47 in 1995.

    • Peter has been coaching cricket professionally in London, England since 1997.

    • The title character in the comic strip Alan Ford, which is widely popular in Italy, is styled after the physical features of Peter.

    • From 1952 to 1954 Peter attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a scholarship student.

    • Peter attended a Catholic school where the nuns beat him to correct his left-handedness.

    • Peter was the executive producer of the film Lord Jim (1965).

    • Peter was the producer and director of the film Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999).

    • Peter made his film debut in The Savage Innocents (1959), he appeared as a "First Trooper."

    • Peter attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where his classmates included Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Richard Harris.

    • Peter served as a radioman in the Royal Navy for two years.

    • Peter is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Peter O'Toole: (on Sophia Loren) Sophia is gorgeous, a marvelously put together machine. But she's a grievous card sharp; in Naples, they're born with a pack of cards. Give her a nudge and she's the funniest woman in the world. A helluva woman!

    • Peter O'Toole: (on Katharine Hepburn) I worship that bloody woman. I've never enjoyed working with anyone so much in my whole life, not even Richard Burton. There were no problems, not a one.

    • Peter O'Toole: [on Ursula Andress] I've had luck with my leading ladies. The real shocker was Ursula Andress, with whom I made What's New Pussycat?. She's a bloody sex symbol and all that, and yet she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. A real mother hen, looking after everybody.

    • Peter O'Toole: (On The 75th Annual Academy Awards-2003) I enjoyed it. The only thing that wasn't enjoyable was in the green room. I said, 'Can I have a drink?' 'We have lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.' I said, 'No, I want a drink. No drink?' I said, 'All right, I'm f**king off. I'll be back.' A man with earphones said, 'No! No!' Eventually this vodka was smuggled in.

    • Peter O'Toole: Books have been written about that so-called renaissance at the Royal Court Theatre. Bollocks. I watched this appalling bunch of strange young men creeping around, talking pompously.

    • Peter O'Toole: For a young actor, it was intimidating. But you look into the eyes and you see actors know actors. It's like playing jazz. You really have to go there with your trumpet and compete.

    • Peter O'Toole: The nicest buttocks in the world are in Ireland. Irish women are always carrying water on their heads, and always carrying their husbands home from pubs. Such things are the greatest posture-builders in the world.

    • Peter O'Toole: Always a bridesmaid never a bride my foot! (on receiving a lifetime achievment at the 75th Academy awards March 23, 2003)

    • O'Toole: I can't stand light. I hate good weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another.

    • O'Toole: For me, life has been either a wake or a wedding.

    • O'Toole: The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise.

    • O'Toole: I love working with young people which to me is a big kick.

    • O'Toole: I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.

    • O'Toole: I'm a working stiff, baby, just like everybody else.

    • O'Toole (about acting): It's my job, it's what I do, it's what I'm on earth to do, and it's who I am.

    • O'Toole: Life turned out much better than I thought. I knew after a little while that I could act.

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