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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.”

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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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