Peter O'Toole, one of the greatest actors of all time, died today at the age of 81. O'Toole's most famous role was unquestionably one of the greatest films of all time, Lawrence of Arabia, in which he played TE Lawrence. O'Toole was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor 8 times: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1983) and most recently in 2007 for Venus. In 2003, The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded him an honorary Oscar for his entire body of work. Initially he refused as he still felt he had many years left, but eventually graciously accepted the award on the Oscars telecast that was presented to him by Meryl Streep.
O'Toole's first screen work was in an episode of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" in 1956. From there he went on to a legendary career that included: Lawrence of Arabia (BAFTA for Best Actor), Becket (Golden Globe Best Actor), Lord Jim (1965), What's New Pussycat? (1965), The Sandpiper (1965), How to Steal a Million (1966), The Bible (1966), Casino Royale (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968, Golden Globe Best Actor), Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969, Golden Globe Best Actor), The Ruling Class (1972, National Board of Review Best Actor), Man of La Mancha (1972, National Board of Review Best Actor), Caligula (1979), The Stunt Man (1980, National Society of Film Critics Best Actor), My Favorite Year (1982), Pygmalion (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), Joan of Arc (1999, Emmy Best Actor), Troy (2004), Venus (2006) and Stardust (2007). He also played the Pope in a recurring role on "The Tudors" and was the voice of snooty critic Anton Ego in the Pixar film Ratatouille.