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.
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:
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’.
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: