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Born Aug. 2, 1932, in Connemara, Ireland, Peter O'Toole spent his youth working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Turning his attention to acting a few years later, he worked in various theaters, including the Bristol Old Vic.

After a few small film parts, O'Toole was catapulted to worldwide stardom (and received the first of eight Best Actor Oscar nods) with the title role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He followed this triumph with much-praised work in Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and The Ruling Class (1972).

Poor health as a result of excessive drinking nearly ended O'Toole's career in the 1970s, but he returned to form with 1980's The Stunt Man and 1982's My Favorite Year. Remaining active for three more decades, O'Toole appeared in movies such as King Ralph (1991) and the 2004 blockbuster Troy, giving an Oscar-nominated performance in 2006 in Venus. The legendary actor passed away Dec. 14, 2013.

Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

1962 PG

This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. This lush, timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures that changed the tide of war.

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