Peter O’Toole, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star, dies at 81


Actor Peter O’Toole, the swashbuckling star who received eight Academy Award nominations over a distinguished film career, died Saturday in London, his agent, Steve Kenis, said in an email to The Times.

O’Toole was 81.

A cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

O’Toole’s career spanned more than 50 years, reaching worldwide fame in the 1962 David Lean epic “Lawrence of Arabia.”

He received his final Oscar nomination for lead actor in 2007 for “Venus,” a bittersweet British drama about an elderly London actor.


Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland, lauded the Irish-born O’Toole Sunday: “He was unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance on and off the stage,” Higgins said.

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