Peter O’Toole Celebrity Trivia

Peter James O’Toole:   August 02, 1932 – December 14,  2013) was an Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company, before making his film debut in 1959.

He achieved international recognition playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He received seven further Oscar nominations – for Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006) – and holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win. He won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003.

Peter O’Toole Trivia:

  • He attended a Catholic school where the nuns beat him to correct his left-handedness.
  • Peter O’Toole Dies at the age of 81O’Toole & Karen Brown’s son’s name is Lorcan O’Toole.
  • From 1952 to 1954 he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a scholarship student.
  • The title character in the comic strip “Alan Ford”, widely popular in Italy, is styled after the physical features of Peter O’Toole
  • Coaching cricket professionally in London.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#47).
  • His daughter Kate O’Toole is a well-respected actress in her own right.
  • Is a supporter of Sunderland football club of the English Premiership.
  • Father was Irish, mother was Scottish.
  • He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Outstanding Achievement Award for his theatrical career.
  • Was friends with fellow Irish actor Richard Harris. After Harris died, his family hoped that O’Toole would replace him as Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
  • He is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films.
  • He was nominated as Best Actor for Henry II in Becket (1964) and for Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1968). The others are Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), Bing Crosby as Father O’Malley in Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974)and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Furthermore, O’Toole is the only one of these four who was nominated for playing the same character (at two different stages in his life) in two totally different films, neither of which was a sequel or prequel to the other.
  • Became an Associate Member of RADA.
  • Both he and his fellow Irish actor (and close friend), the late Richard Harris appeared in versions of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’: Harris played the 1977 film version Gulliver’s Travels (1977) and O’Toole played the Emperor of Lilliput in the 1996 TV-film version Gulliver’s Travels (1996), where Ted Danson played Gulliver.
  • Has the played three kings, one of them twice (King Henry II in Becket (1964),and King Henry II in The Lion In Winter(1968). Sir/King Cedric Willingham in King Ralph (1991)) and King Priam in Troy (2004), two emperors and (Emperor Tiberius Caesar in Caligula (1979) and the Emperor of Lilliput in Gulliver’s Travels (1996), a prince (Prince Meleagre in The Rainbow Thief (1990)), a president (President Paul von Hindenburg in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)) and several lords.
  • In 1976 he underwent surgery to remove parts of his stomach and intestine due to his heavy drinking. In the following year he almost died from a blood disorder.
  • These two serious illnesses greatly affected his ability to work at that time.
  • When he was named the recipient of a Special Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2003, he originally intended to turn it down feeling that the lifetime award signaled the end of his career. He wrote the Academy a letter stating that he was “still in the game” and would like more time to “win the lovely bugger outright.” It was only after the Academy informed him that they were bestowing the award on him whether he came to collect it or not that he relented.
  • His performance as “T.E. Lawrence” in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is the #1 ranked performance of all time in Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • The 1976 film adaptation of the book “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, directed by Nicolas Roeg, was originally meant to be a vehicle for O’Toole.
  • His performance as “Alan Swann” in My Favorite Year (1982) is ranked #56 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Nominated 8 times for best actor but has never won an Academy Award. He has more nominations without winning than any other actor.
  • Cites Rose Byrne and Jodie Whittaker as the best young actresses he has ever worked with.
  • Was a close friend of late actress Katharine Hepburn. Although some believe his daughter, Kate O’Toole is named after Hepburn, according to Sian Phillips’ autobiography they named their daughter after Kate, the title character in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. They were inspired by the line in the play “Kate, sweet Kate, the preiest Kate in Christendom”.
  • Was originally approached by director Billy Wilder to play “Sherlock Holmes” in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), opposite Peter Sellers as “Dr. Watson”. Wilder later decided to go with lesser known stars instead.
  • While at RADA in the early 1950s he was active in protesting British involvement in the Korean War. Later in the 1960s he was an active opponent of the Vietnam War.
  • Father of actor Lorcan O’Toole.
  • A close friend of April Ashley. Has named Eric Porter as the actor who has influenced him most.
  • He was almost cast as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964) due to concerns that Rex Harrison was too old for the part, but his salary demands were more than producer Jack L. Warner was willing to pay.
  • Broke his hip while filming Venus (2006), but returned to work after only three weeks.
  • It is interesting to note that the DVD of Rogue Male has a two page biography of Peter O’Toole that at the end reads as follows:
  • Peter O’Toole died in 2003 after a long illness. Whoever entered that erroneous fact must have been very surprised to see Peter show up at the Academy Awards for his nomination in Venus.
  • Resides in Galway, Ireland and London, England.
  • Was the original choice to play King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (1966) but Robert Shaw, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance, was cast instead.
  • His actual date of birth went unrecorded, and O’Toole has said himself that he may have been born in June 1932.
  • Allegedly declined a knighthood for political reasons in 1987.
  • Has said that he learned more about acting by working with José Ferrer in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) than in any acting class.
  • Ferrer himself considers that role to be his best. Ironically, Ferrer nearly declined the role he played because it was so small — roughly five minutes out of a four hour movie.
  • Won his career-making part in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) after it was turned down by superstar Marlon Brando and a then-unknown Albert Finney. Both director David Lean and producer Sam Spiegel (who produced On the Waterfront (1954), the movie for which Brando and Spiegel won their first Oscars) wanted Brando, but he turned the role down (allegedly saying he didn’t want to spend two years of his life riding on a camel). Finney was put through extensive screen-tests costing 100,000 pounds, but refused to sign a seven year contract demanded by Spiegel. O’Toole signed the seven-year contract and got the part.
  • Is a lifelong cricket and rugby fanatic.
  • According to his daughter Kate O’Toole, the actor wears green socks every day due to personal superstitions.
  • He played the first Roman “Emperor Augustus” in Imperium: Augustus (2003), whereas his ex-wife, Siân Phillips, played Augustus’ wife, “Livia”, in I, Claudius (1976).
  • Was scheduled to star with Toshirô Mifune in “Will Adams”, to be directed by John Huston, with screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and produced by Eugene Frenke and Jules Buck. “A daring adventurer challenges the traditions of a mighty empire”.
  • Announced his retirement from acting [July 10, 2012].
  • Chosen by GQ magazine as one of the 50 most stylish men of the past 50 years.

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