After having a career that many can only imagine, actor Peter O’Toole, the breakout star of the classic Lawrence of Arabia, died peacefully on Sunday at a hospital in London.
The actor has been ill for years with various ailments and became even more thin than his already natural slim build. Although he was older, his face began to change drastically due not only to his sickness, but also years of hard drinking.
His daughter Kate O’Toole released a statement:
“His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”
In 2012, O’Toole officially retired from acting; he said he was grateful for all it had provided to him both emotionally and financially.
After his role in Lawrence of Arabia, O’Toole went on to do many other films including My Favorite Year and Venus. Besides his actual acting roles, he’s also known as the man who set the record for most Academy Award nominations (he had 8 noms) without every winning. In 2003, he accepted an honorary Oscar.
According to The Guardian, there were rumors that he was coming out of retirement for one more role. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it is believed that he did do the project and the film will be released next year.
Our prayers and condolences go out to his family during this hard time.