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Peter O’Toole

Biography

A knighted actor as well as the world-famous superstar from the 1962 film, Lawrence of Arabia. In 1968, he made an appearance in The Lion in Wintertime and he was nominated for an Oscar for his function in the 1969 film, Goodbye, Mr. Potato chips. He went to Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork with fellow stars, Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Brian Bedford. He was nominated for eight Academy Honours for Best Professional in a respected Role, but didn’t win some of them. He was ultimately provided the Academy Honorary Prize in 2003 for his whole collection of functions. He married celebrity Sian Phillips in 1959, as well as the few got two daughters before divorcing in 1979. He starred opposing the fantastic Alec Guinness in the cinematic traditional Lawrence of Arabia.

Quick Facts


Full Name Peter O'Toole
Date Of Birth August 2, 1932
Died December 14, 2013, London, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.88 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality English, British, Irish
Spouse Karen Brown, Siân Phillips
Children Lorcan O'Toole, Kate O'Toole, Patricia O'Toole
Parents Constance Jane Ferguson, Patrick Joseph O'Toole
Siblings Patricia Coombs
Awards Academy Honorary Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, BAFTA Award for Best British Actor, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor, Laurence Olivier Outstanding Achievement Award
Music Groups Hothouse Flowers
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance
Movies Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter, My Favorite Year, Becket, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Venus, The Last Emperor, Troy, Caligula, Ratatouille, How to Steal a Million, What's New Pussycat?, Man of La Mancha, Lord Jim, The Night of the Generals, King Ralph, High Spirits, Supergirl, Stardust, The Savage Innocents, Club Paradise, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, Murphy's War, FairyTale: A True Story, Decline of an Empire, Creator, Cristiada, The Bible: In the Beginning..., One Night with the King, Kidnapped, Bright Young Things, Under Milk Wood, Phantoms, Zulu Dawn, Masada, Lassie, Rogue Male, Man Friday, The Rainbow Thief, Global Heresy, Dean Spanley, Christmas Cottage, Great Catherine, Wings of Fame, The Nutcracker Prince, Rosebud, The Final Curtain, The Sandpiper, The Seventh Coin
TV Shows The Tudors, Masada, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Joan of Arc, Gulliver's Travels, Iron Road, Casanova, Strumpet City, Civvies, Coming Home, Imperium: Augustus
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1 Although he played John Standing and Edward Fox's father in Gulliver's Travels (1996), he was only two years older than Standing and less than five years older than Fox in real life.
2 His middle name was actually James, although he often used the Irish version Seamus.
3 Could play the bagpipes and during his youth was a member of an Irish pipe band. He is seen playing the pipes in two of his films: Kidnapped (1960) and Brotherly Love (1970).
4 The Leeds City Council register of births, deaths and marriages proved that the man who went through life proudly purporting to be an Irishman was in fact a Yorkshireman, born at the famous St James University Hospital in Leeds, on 2 August 1932.
5 Although O'Toole always claimed to have been born in Ireland, the birth records show he was actually born in Leeds in England. There is no record of any Peter O'Toole being born in Ireland in 1932. O'Toole's parents had lived in Leeds since 1930.
6 Is one of 13 actors who have received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a real-life king. The others in chronological order are Charles Laughton for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), Robert Morley for Marie Antoinette (1938), Basil Rathbone for If I Were King (1938), Laurence Olivier for Henry V (1944) and Richard III (1955), José Ferrer for Joan of Arc (1948), Yul Brynner for The King and I (1956), John Gielgud for Becket (1964), Robert Shaw for A Man for All Seasons (1966), Richard Burton for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Kenneth Branagh for Henry V (1989), Nigel Hawthorne for The Madness of King George (1994), and Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010).
7 He was offered the role of Grigori Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) but he turned it down. Tom Baker was eventually cast.
8 He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Last Emperor (1987).
9 After his death his ashes were brought back to Ireland, where they are held in safe keeping by President Michael D Higgins in his official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, until he can be laid to rest in the west of Ireland.
10 In his later films (from the 1980s onwards) he is frequently seen wearing an Irish Claddagh ring on the third finger of his right hand.
11 He worked with Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress and Burt Bacharach on both What's New Pussycat (1965) and Casino Royale (1967).
12 He appeared in four films with his ex-wife Siân Phillips: Becket (1964), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), Murphy's War (1971) and Under Milk Wood (1972).
13 Remained friends with ex-wife Siân Phillips after their divorce.
14 Chosen by GQ magazine as one of the 50 most stylish men of the past 50 years.
15 (July 10, 2012) Announced his retirement from acting.
16 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".
17 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).
18 According to his daughter Kate O'Toole, the actor wears green socks every day due to personal superstitions.
19 Is a lifelong cricket and rugby fanatic.
20 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.
21 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.
22 Allegedly declined a knighthood for political reasons in 1987.
23 His actual date of birth went unrecorded, and O'Toole has said himself that he may have been born in June 1932.
24 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.
25 Resides in Galway, Ireland and London, England.
26 It is interesting to note that the DVD of Rogue Male (1976) 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 (2006).
27 Broke his hip while filming Venus (2006), but returned to work after only three weeks.
28 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.
29 Has named Eric Porter as the actor who has influenced him most.
30 A close friend of April Ashley.
31 Father of actor Lorcan O'Toole, Kate O'Toole and Pat O'Toole.
32 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.
33 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.
34 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 prettiest Kate in Christendom".
35 Cites Rose Byrne and Jodie Whittaker as the best young actresses he has ever worked with.
36 Nominated 8 times for best actor but has never won an Academy Award. He has more nominations without winning than any other actor.
37 His performance as "Alan Swann" in My Favorite Year (1982) is ranked #56 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
38 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.
39 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).
40 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.
41 In 1976 he underwent surgery to remove parts of his stomach and intestine, at the time attributed to his heavy drinking, but later disclosed to be stomach cancer. In the following year he almost died from a blood disorder. These two serious illnesses greatly affected his ability to work at that time.
42 Has portrayed three kings, one of them twice (King Henry II in Becket (1964) also in The Lion in Winter (1968)), one of them fictional (Sir/King Cedric Willingham in King Ralph (1991)) and King Priam in Troy (2004), two emperors, one of them real (Emperor Tiberius Caesar in Caligula (1979)) and one of them fictional (Emperor of Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels (1996)), a fictional prince (Prince Meleagre in The Rainbow Thief (1990)), a real president (President Paul von Hindenburg in Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)), a real Pope (Pope Paul III in The Tudors (2007)) and several lords.
43 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.
44 Became an Associate Member of RADA.
45 He is only one of six performers to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as Henry II in Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968). The other five are 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), Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986), Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015). Furthermore, O'Toole is the only one of these six who was nominated for playing the same character (at two different stages in his life) in films that were not a prequel or sequel to the other.
46 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), but the role went to Michael Gambon instead.
47 He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Outstanding Achievement Award for his theatrical career.
48 Father was Irish, mother was Scottish.
49 Is a supporter of Sunderland football club of the English Premiership.
50 His daughter Kate O'Toole is a well-respected actress in her own right.
51 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#47). [1995]
52 Coaching cricket professionally in London. [1997]
53 The title character in the comic strip "Alan Ford", widely popular in Italy, is styled after the physical features of Peter O'Toole
54 From 1952 to 1954 he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as a scholarship student.
55 O'Toole & Karen Brown's son's name is Lorcan O'Toole.
56 He attended a Catholic school where the nuns beat him to correct his left-handedness.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Diamond Cartel 2017 Tugboat
The Whole World at Our Feet 2015 Bookseer
Katherine of Alexandria 2014 Gallus
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada 2012 Father Christopher
Eldorado 2012 Video Narrator (voice)
Eager to Die 2010 Lord Pelican
Iron Road 2009 TV Mini-Series Relic
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2008 Glen
Dean Spanley 2008 Fisk Senior
The Tudors 2008 TV Series Pope Paul III
Stardust 2007 King
Ratatouille 2007 Anton Ego (voice)
One Night with the King 2006 Samuel, the Prophet
Venus 2006/I Maurice
Lassie 2005 The Duke
Casanova 2005 TV Mini-Series Older Casanova
Troy 2004 Priam
Imperium: Augustus 2003 TV Movie Augustus Caesar
Hitler: The Rise of Evil 2003 TV Mini-Series President Paul von Hindenburg
Bright Young Things 2003 Colonel Blount
The Final Curtain 2002 JJ Curtis
Global Heresy 2002 Lord Foxley
The Education of Max Bickford 2002 TV Series Sidney McKnight
You Can 2001 Video short Ancient Druid
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell 1999 TV Movie Jeffrey Bernard
Molokai 1999 William Williamson
The Manor 1999 Mr. Ravenscroft
Joan of Arc 1999 TV Mini-Series Bishop Pierre Cauchon
Coming Home 1998 TV Series Colonel Edgar Carey-Lewis
Phantoms 1998 Dr. Timothy Flyte
FairyTale: A True Story 1997 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Masterpiece Classic 1996 TV Series Lord Emsworth
Gulliver's Travels 1996 TV Mini-Series Emperor of Lilliput
Heavy Weather 1995 TV Movie Clarence, Earl of Emsworth
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III 1994 TV Mini-Series Sam Trump
The Seventh Coin 1993 Emil Saber
Civvies 1992 TV Series Barry Newman
Rebecca's Daughters 1992 Lord Sarn
Isabelle Eberhardt 1991 Maj. Lyautey
King Ralph 1991 Willingham
The Nutcracker Prince 1990 Pantaloon (voice)
The Rainbow Thief 1990 Prince Meleagre
Crossing to Freedom 1990 TV Movie John Sidney Howard
Wings of Fame 1990 Cesar Valentin
Up to Date 1989 Prof. Yan McShoul
Uncle Silas 1989 TV Mini-Series Uncle Silas Ruthyn
High Spirits 1988 Peter Plunkett
The Last Emperor 1987 Reginald 'R. J.' Johnston
Club Paradise 1986 Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
The Ray Bradbury Theater 1986 TV Series John Hampton
Creator 1985 Dr. Harry Wolper
Supergirl 1984 Zaltar
Kim 1984 TV Movie Lama
Pygmalion 1983 TV Movie Professor Henry Higgins
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet 1983 Sherlock Holmes (voice)
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse 1983 TV Movie Sherlock Holmes (voice)
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four 1983 Sherlock Holmes (voice)
Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear 1983 Sherlock Holmes (voice)
Svengali 1983 TV Movie Anton Bosnyak
Man and Superman 1982 TV Movie Jack Tanner
My Favorite Year 1982 Alan Swann
Masada 1981 TV Mini-Series General Cornelius Flavius Silva Gen. Cornelius Flavius Silva
The Stunt Man 1980 Eli Cross
Strumpet City 1980 TV Series Jim Larkin
Caligula 1979 Tiberius
Zulu Dawn 1979 Lord Chelmsford
Power Play 1978 Colonel Zeller
Rogue Male 1976 TV Movie Sir Robert Hunter
Foxtrot 1976 Liviu
Man Friday 1975 Robinson Crusoe
Rosebud 1975 Larry Martin
Man of La Mancha 1972 Don Quixote De La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes Alonso Quijana
The Ruling Class 1972 Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney
Under Milk Wood 1972 Captain Tom Cat
Murphy's War 1971 Murphy
Brotherly Love 1970 Sir Charles Ferguson
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 Arthur Chipping
Great Catherine 1968 Capt. Charles Edstaston
The Lion in Winter 1968 Henry II
Casino Royale 1967 Scottish Piper (uncredited)
ITV Play of the Week 1967 TV Series Garry Essendine
The Night of the Generals 1967 General Tanz
The Bible: In the Beginning... 1966 The Three Angels
How to Steal a Million 1966 Simon Dermott
The Sandpiper 1965 voice, uncredited
What's New Pussycat 1965 Michael James (as Peter O'toole)
Lord Jim 1965 Lord Jim
Becket 1964 His King King Henry II
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 T.E. Lawrence
Rendezvous 1959-1961 TV Series Patrick O'Toole / Larry Dunne / John
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1960 Capt. Monty Fitch
The Savage Innocents 1960 First Trooper
Siwan: The King's Daughter 1960 TV Movie Gwilym De Breos
Kidnapped 1960 Robin MacGregor
Theatre Night 1959 TV Series 877 Private Bamforth, C.
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1958 TV Series Rene Latour
The Castiglioni Brothers 1958 TV Movie Mario
Armchair Theatre 1957 TV Series Paddy
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1956 TV Series 1st Soldier

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man of La Mancha 1972 "The Impossible Dream" second reprise / performer: "Man of La Mancha" I, Don Quixote
The Ruling Class 1972 "Mairzy Doats and Dozy Doats", uncredited / performer: "The Varsity Drag", "My Blue Heaven", "The Eton Boating Song", "Ten Little Nigger Boys", "Dry Bones" - uncredited
Murphy's War 1971 performer: "Onward Christian Soldiers" - uncredited
Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 performer: "Where Did My Childhood Go?", "What A Lot of Flowers", "What A Lot of Flowers Reprise", "Fill the World With Love Reprise"
What's New Pussycat 1965 performer: "Boston City" - uncredited
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 performer: "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" 1892 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Performance 2017/I executive producer post-production
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell 1999 TV Movie producer
The Party's Over 1965 producer - uncredited
Lord Jim 1965 associate producer - uncredited
Becket 1964 co-producer - uncredited
Operation Snatch 1962 producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell 1999 TV Movie

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Starlight Heist 2015 Short dedicatee: Mr. Gray dedicates his cameo to the memory of
Salat Kaligula 2015 Short in memory of
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks... 2013 TV Series documentary in memory of - 1 episode
Jambareeqi Reviews 2013 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brotherhood of the Popcorn 2015 Documentary Himself
Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival 2012 TV Special documentary Himself - Guest
Globos de Ouro 2007 2008 TV Movie Himself
Charlie Rose 2002-2008 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2007-2008 TV Series Himself
Today 1981-2008 TV Series Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Deadline 2007 TV Series Himself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2007 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Himself
The View 2007 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998-2007 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 1972-2005 TV Series Himself
Mystic India 2005 Documentary short narrator
Troy: From Ruins to Reality 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Troy' 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
HBO First Look 2004 TV Series documentary short Himself
Troy: The Passion of Helen 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Honorary Award Recipient
The John Thaw Story 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Gran premio internazionale della TV 2002 TV Series Himself - Winner
The 11 O'Clock Show 2000 TV Series Himself
The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' 2000 Video documentary Himself
The Best of Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interview
Rosamunde Pilcher 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself / Colonel Edgar Carey-Lewis (uncredited)
TFI Friday 1996 TV Series Himself
Die Harald Schmidt Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Northern Eye 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1989-1994 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean 1990 TV Special Himself
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 1990 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
Más estrellas que en el cielo 1989 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Wetten, dass..? 1987 TV Series Himself
Treffpunkt Kino 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
Supergirl: The Making of the Movie 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself / Zaltar
Entertainment Tonight 1984 TV Series Himself
Is There One Who Understands Me?: The World of James Joyce 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself / Host
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Himself
The American Sportsman 1982 TV Series Himself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee & Presenter: Paddy Chayefsky Tribute
Good Morning America 1981 TV Series Himself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction
Starring Katharine Hepburn 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The British Greats 1980 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1978 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Film Night 1972 TV Series Himself
Cinema 1965 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
Sam Spiegel in a Discussion with Ludovic Kennedy on the Producer and the Film 1961 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Video Games AWESOME! 2014 TV Series Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Actor (In Memoriam)
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
That's Life!! Kilorenzos Smith in Talks... 2013 TV Series documentary
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Himself
BBC Look North: Yorkshire and North Midlands 2013 TV Series Himself
Kulturzeit 2013 TV Series Himself
Arena 1995-2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Prometheus 2012/I T.E. Lawrence (uncredited)
Hollywood Invasion 2011 Documentary Himself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary T.E. Lawrence
Memòries de la tele 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
Il était une fois... 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The Comedy Map of Britain 2008 TV Series documentary Clarence, Earl of Emsworth
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary T.E. Lawrence (uncredited)
The Originals 2005 Documentary short Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary T.E. Lawrence [in 'Lawrence of Arabia']
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Stephen Fry: Director Documentary 2003 Video documentary short Colonel Blount (uncredited)
Life and Times 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' 2000 Video documentary Himself
Nancherrow 1999 TV Series Colonel Edgar Carey-Lewis
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Himself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1963 TV Series Robin MacGregor
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actor 'Lawrence of Arabia' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Award of Excellence Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival For exceptional contributions to the art of acting in a consistently distinguished carreer.
2009 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Television The Tudors (2007)
2009 Film Award New Zealand Film and TV Awards (II) Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film Dean Spanley (2008)
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2005 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
2004 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in Film/TV Troy (2004)
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Savannah Film Festival
2003 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA

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2002 Telegatto Telegatto, Italy Special Award Cult TV
2002 Silver Medallion Award Telluride Film Festival, US
2002 Best Actor Cherbourg-Octeville Festival of Irish & British Film The Final Curtain (2002)
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Joan of Arc (1999)
1988 David David di Donatello Awards Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista) The Last Emperor (1987)
1987 ACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985)
1984 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) My Favorite Year (1982)
1981 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor The Stunt Man (1980)
1972 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor The Ruling Class (1972)
1970 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
1970 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
1970 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
1969 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Drama The Lion in Winter (1968)
1967 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) The Night of the Generals (1967)
1965 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Performance in a Foreign Film Becket (1964)
1965 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Drama Becket (1964)
1964 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top New Male Personality
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Male Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best British Actor Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film Dean Spanley (2008)
2009 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Dean Spanley (2008)
2009 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor - Drama Series The Tudors (2007)
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actor The Tudors (2007)
2007 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Venus (2006)
2007 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Venus (2006)
2007 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Venus (2006)
2007 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Venus (2006)
2007 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Venus (2006)
2007 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2007 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2006 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Venus (2006)
2006 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2006 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Venus (2006)
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Actor Global Heresy (2002)
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Joan of Arc (1999)
1989 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Last Emperor (1987)
1987 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Club Paradise (1986)
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Supergirl (1984)
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role My Favorite Year (1982)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical My Favorite Year (1982)
1982 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Masada (1981)
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Stunt Man (1980)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The Stunt Man (1980)
1981 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Masada (1981)
1973 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Ruling Class (1972)
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Man of La Mancha (1972)
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 13th place.
1970 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
1969 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Lion in Winter (1968)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 10th place.
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Dramatic Performance, Male Becket (1964)
1965 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Becket (1964)
1965 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best British Actor Becket (1964)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Dramatic Performance Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Drama Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Venus (2006)
1982 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor My Favorite Year (1982)
1970 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor My Favorite Year (1982)
1982 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor My Favorite Year (1982)
1980 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor The Stunt Man (1980)
1972 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor The Ruling Class (1972)
1968 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor The Lion in Winter (1968)


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#Quote
1 When I got the part I did what every actor does. I looked in the mirror and realised that this is meat, this is what you have to work with.
2 It's all so political. Keep the director happy. Keep the unit happy. Keep them working well. Because in the end, it's you up there on the screen.
3 [about his time serving in the Royal Navy] At that point His Majesty felt it was vital to the security of the nation that I join the armed forces [...] I vomited over every cubic foot of the seven seas.
4 [on Henry II, a king he portrayed in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968)] I like the man. He interests me. He never lost a battle, and yet he never fought a battle if he could arrange it diplomatically. The last thing he ever wanted was to fight, but when he did, he fought. A man of great wit - funny, a lawgiver - and yet at the same time, frail, human. Now, am I describing me? I don't know. I like to think it is, perhaps, just merely a fabulation but I like to think it.
5 It's kind of a performing art - writing. I can't sit down to write unless I'm dressed. I mean dressed well and comfortably. And I have to be shaved and bathed and then the curtain goes up. And if I'm not in my study by 10 or 10:30, forget it. I can't write a word.
6 I'm a professional, and I'll do anything - a poetry reading, television, cinema, anything that allows me to act... [And also because] it's what I do for a living and, besides, I've got bookies to keep.
7 [I have long been] happy to grasp the hand of misfortune, dissipation, riotous living and violence.
8 Stardom is insidious. It creeps up through the toes. You don't realise what's happening until it reaches your nut. That's when it becomes dangerous.
9 Fornication, madness, murder, drunkenness, shouting, shrieking, leaping polite conversation and the breaking of bones, such jollities constitute acceptable behaviour, but no acting allowed. (his house rules for a New Year's Eve party at his Hampstead home)
10 I hitched to London on a lorry, looking for adventure. I was dropped at Euston Station and was trying to find a hostel. I passed the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and walked in just to case the joint.
11 I will not be a common man because it is my right to be an uncommon man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.
12 I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.
13 It's time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films ans stage. The heart for it has gone out of me. It won't come back.
14 The good parts are the people who don't make do. They're the interesting people. Lear doesn't make do.
15 If you can't do something willingly and joyfully, then don't do it. If you give up drinking, don't go moaning about it. Go back on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Will.
16 [re his Lord Jim (1965) performance] It was a mistake and I made the mistake because I was conservative and played safe. And that way lies failure. It was a juvenile lead part and I've decided now at 33 that I'll never become another aging juvenile.
17 Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it.
18 [on Sophia Loren] Sophia is gorgeous, a marvelously put together machine. But she's a grievous card sharp; in Naples, they're born with a pack of cards. Give her a nudge and she's the funniest woman in the world. A helluva woman!
19 [on Katharine Hepburn] I worship that bloody woman. I've never enjoyed working with anyone so much in my whole life, not even Richard Burton. There were no problems, not a one.
20 [on Ursula Andress] I've had luck with my leading ladies. The real shocker was Ursula Andress, with whom I made What's New Pussycat (1965). She's a bloody sex symbol and all that, and yet she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. A real mother hen, looking after everybody.
21 I enjoyed it. The only thing that wasn't enjoyable was in the green room. I said, 'Can I have a drink?' 'We have lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.' I said, 'No, I want a drink. No drink?' I said, 'All right, I'm f**king off. I'll be back.' A man with earphones said, 'No! No!' Eventually this vodka was smuggled in. - On The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
22 Books have been written about that so-called renaissance at the Royal Court Theatre. Bollocks. I watched this appalling bunch of strange young men creeping around, talking pompously.
23 For a young actor it was intimidating. But! You look into the eyes and you see actors know actors. It's like playing jazz. You really have to go there with your trumpet and compete.
24 The nicest buttocks in the world are in Ireland. Irish women are always carrying water on their heads, and always carrying their husbands home from pubs. Such things are the greatest posture-builders in the world.
25 The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise.
26 "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride - my foot!" (on receiving a lifetime achievement at the 75th Academy awards March 23, 2003.)
27 For me, life has either been a wake or a wedding.
28 Noël Coward (to O'Toole): "If you'd been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia".
29 I can't stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another.

#Trademark
1 His mixed English-Irish accent
2 Roles in Shakespearean adaptations
3 Known in his youth for his light brown hair and striking good looks
4 Often plays rebels
5 Deep smooth voice
6 Bold blue eyes
7 Frequently plays real life characters

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