A hero and a hellraiser: Film and theatre icon Peter O’Toole dies at 81
Nick ClarkPeter O’Toole, who gave an iconic performance in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia and received eight best actor Oscar nominations, has died, aged 81, after a long illness.
Born in County Galway in 1932, O’Toole wrote in a notebook as a boy: “I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.”
He went to Rada and became a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic. He rose to stardom in 1962 after David Lean cast him as the soldier T.E. Lawrence.
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" A hero and a hellraiser: Film and theatre icon Peter O’Toole dies at 81", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 30/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/a-hero-and-a-hellraiser-film-and-theatre-icon-peter-o-toole-dies-at-81