Sunday, 15 December 2013

OBIT - PETER O'TOOLE


The great Irish-born, British-raised actor Peter O'Toole has died. Having received eight Oscar nominations through his long career, he dies as Oscar's 'biggest loser' in the acting categories. He received an Honorary Oscar in 2003, despite having previously turned it down, alongside a knighthood in 1987. Also on his list of accolades was the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000. Among his iconic performances were turns in Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter, Becket, my personal favourite The Ruling Class, My Favourite Year, in which he channelled his famous struggle with alcoholism, and his voice performance in Ratatouille. Along with acting, he was also a professional cricket coach, and leaves behind him three children. He died in the Wellington Hospital in London, having suffered from a long illness.