Actor Peter O’Toole dies at 81

Posted on: 1:28 pm, December 15, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:22pm, December 15, 2013

Actor Peter O’Toole died Saturday, peacefully in a hospital, his agent Steve Kenis said Sunday. O’Toole was 81 years old.

“Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre,” Irish President Michael D. Higgins said in a statement.

O’Toole’s first major film success came in the title role of T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962. It earned him the first of eight Academy Award nominations, but O’Toole never won an Oscar for his film work.

His acting career began on stage in England as a teenager, moving later to television roles in the 1950s and then the big screen.