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Peter O'Toole ACTOR


Peter O'Toole was born on August 2nd, 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland with the birth name Peter Seamus O'Toole.  It is actually quoted in his autobiography, that he is unsure if he was born in Ireland or in Yorkshire, England where he was raised.  He has a birth certificate from both countries.  His parents were, Constance Jane who worked as a nurse and his father, Patrick Joseph O'Toole was an Irish metal plater as well as a football player and a racecourse bookmaker.
His family moved to England when he was only one year old as they toured major racecourse towns.  During World war II he attended a boarding Catholic school for eight years.
After school, O'toole worked as a journalist in training and also a photographer for the, Yorkshire Evening Post until military duty called and he briefly served for the national service as a signaler in the Royal Navy.
In 1952 O'Toole chose to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for two years on a scholarship.  He began his career working as a stage actor with the English Stage Company.  After gaining quite a few years of experience on stage he decided to take a chance at a television career in 1954 and in 1959, he worked on his first film in a very small non credited part.
His major break into the industry finally came in 1962 with his role as T.E. Lawrence in the film, "Lawrence of Arabia" which earned him his first of eight nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actor.  Lead starring roles followed after this film such as his role as King Henry II in, "Becket" (1964) and again playing the same character in, "The Lion in Winter" (1968).
Along with a highly successful career in film, he never neglected his original love for the stage.  He got the chance to play a role he had always dreamed of in, "Waiting for Godot" (1970) in the Irish Capitals Abbey Theatre.    
As his career entered into the 1980's, he continued to get cast in lead roles in films such as, "The Stunt Man" (1980), "Man and Superman" (1982), "My Favorite Year" (1982), for which he receive his second Oscar nomination, and "Pygmalion" (1983).
Some of his more popular roles and films that he will always be remembered by are when he portrayed Don Quixote in, "Man of La Mancha" (1972), which he received another Academy Award nomination for.  Then he played King Priam in, "Troy" (2004) followed by the role as Maurice in the film, "Venice" (2005), receiving yet another Academy Award nomination. 

Some of his more recent work was in, "Ratatouille" (2007), show times hit drama series, "The Tudors" (2008) and O'Toole also won an Emmy for his role in the television mini-series, "Joan of Arc" (1999)

O'Toole married Welsh actress Si├ón Phillips, with whom he had two daughters, actress Kate O'Toole and Patricia.  The couple divorced in 1979.  He had one more son, Lorcan Patrick O'Toole with his girlfriend, a model, Karen Brown.

Peter O'Toole lived for many years in Clifden, County Galaway, Ireland but now owns a home in London.  He has written two memoirs, Loitering With Intent :The Child chronicles and a second Loitering With Intent" The Apprentice.   He as honored with a lifetime achievement Award in 2003 and holds the record for most competitive Academy Award acting nominations without a win.  He has however won four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, a BAFTA and in 2003, received an honorary Academy Award for all his work.  

2012   Katherine of Alexandria 
2011   Eldorado  
2011   Cristiada 
2010   Eager to Die  
2009   Iron Road 
2008   Christmas Cottage  
2008   Dean Spanley  
2008   The Tudors 
2007   Stardust  
2007   Ratatouille  
2006   One Night with the King  
2006   I Venus  
2005   Lassie  
2005   Casanova
2004   Troy
2003   Imperium: Augustus
2003   Hitler: The Rise of Evil
2003   Bright Young Things 
2002   The Final Curtain  
2002   Global Heresy  
2002   The Education of Max Bickford 
1999   Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell
1999   Joan of Arc  
1999   Molokai: The Story of Father Damien  
1999   The Manor  
1998   Coming Home
1998   Phantoms  
1997   FairyTale: A True Story  
1996   Gulliver's Travels
1995   Heavy Weather 
1994   Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III  
1993   The Seventh Coin  
1992   Rebecca's Daughters  
1992   Civvies
1991   Isabelle Eberhardt
1991   King Ralph  
1990   The Nutcracker Prince  
1990   The Rainbow Thief  
1990   Crossing to Freedom
1990   Wings of Fame  
1989   Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love
1989   Uncle Silas
1988   High Spirits  
1987   The Last Emperor  
1986   Club Paradise 
1986   The Ray Bradbury Theater
1985   Creator
1984   Supergirl  
1984   Kim 
1983   Svengali
1983   Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four 
1983   Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet 
1983   Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
1983   Pygmalion 
1983   Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear
1982   Man and Superman
1982   My Favorite Year
1981   Masada 
1980   The Stunt Man
1980   Strumpet City
1979   Caligula
1979   Zulu Dawn
1978   Power Play  
1977   Rogue Male
1976   Foxtrot 
1975   Man Friday 
1975   Rosebud 1972 Man of La Mancha
1972   The Ruling Class  
1972   Under Milk Wood  
1971   Murphy's War  
1970   Brotherly Love  
1969   Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1968   Great Catherine  
1968   The Lion in Winter  
1967   ITV Play of the Week 
1967   The Night of the Generals  
1966   Casino Royale  
1966   The Bible: In the Beginning...
1966   How to Steal a Million  
1965   The Sandpiper  
1965   What's New Pussycat  
1965   Lord Jim  
1964   Becket  
1962   Lawrence of Arabia  
1959-1961  Rendezvous
1960   The Savage Innocents
1960   The Day They Robbed the Bank of England  
1960   Kidnapped
1958   The Castiglioni Brothers
1956   The Scarlet Pimpernel

Matinee Classics - Rogue Male starring Peter O'Toole, John Standing, Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter, Michael Byrne, Mark McManus, Ray Smith, Hugh Manning, Robert Lang and Cyd Hayman

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