The Passing of a Legend

By December 16, 2013 Marketing, News, Uproar Comics
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Seamus Peter O’Toole dies aged 81

News broke yesterday of the sad passing of a legend. Peter O’Toole died after a long illness at the age of 81.

Peter O'Toole, 1932 - 2013

Peter O’Toole, 1932 – 2013

Seamus Peter O’Toole, famed for his role in the 1962 classic, Lawrence of Arabia, first began his acting career as an exciting young talent on the British stage and his Hamlet in 1955 at the Bristol Old Vic, was critically acclaimed. His Hollywood debut was one of the most brilliant in Hollywood history when he sprang on to the big screen in 1962. In his role as T. E. Lawrence he was insouciant, dapper, elegant and very pleasing to the eye. From there his popularity skyrocketed and he starred in a long string of films.

The Irish President, Michael Higgins, was one of the first to pay tribute to O’Toole: In the Guardian he stated:

“Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre.” “In a long list of leading roles on stage and in film, Peter brought an extraordinary standard to bear as an actor,” Higgins said. “He had a deep interest in literature and a love of Shakespearean sonnets in particular. While he was nominated as best actor for an Oscar eight times, and received a special Oscar from his peers for his contribution to film, he was deeply committed to the stage. Those who saw him play leading roles on the screen from Lawrence in 1962, or through the role of Henry II in Becket, and The Lion in Winter, or through the dozens of films, will recognise a lifetime devoted to the art form of the camera.” Higgins, who knew O’Toole as a friend since 1969, said “all of us who knew him in the west will miss his warm humour and generous friendship. He was unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance on and off the stage,” he said.

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O’Toole was always passionate about acting and was acting right up until the end. His early career was often over shadowed for his love of alcohol however this love did not diminish his huge talent. After a health scare in the 1970s his love affair with alcohol came to and end but his love for acting and the arts lived on. He starred in many films such as ‘The Lion in Winter’, ‘Caligula’, ‘Becket’, ‘How to Steal a Million’ and ‘Troy’.

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From his beginning as a young actor in the theater, performing roles from Shakespeare to his very end as a Hollywood Legend, we will always remember the wonderful talent that was Peter O’Toole and what better fitting way to leave such a great man than with a quote from the Bard himself:

Thou know’st ’tis common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.

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