The British-Irish thespian – best known for his debut role as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia – had been suffering from a prolonged illness before eventually succumbing to it in a London hospital earlier today.
Although Lawrence of Arabia was arguably his most famous role, O’Toole also delivered many great turns in films like Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Lion in Winter, My Favourite Year and Venus. He is perhaps better known to younger viewers as the voice of food critic Anton Ego in Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille.
However, despite his reigning screen presence he was never awarded an Oscar for his eight nominated performances, if you don’t count the Honorary Oscar he was given in 2003. He famously declined said award originally, stating that he was “still in the game and might win the bugger outright”. Eventually, of course, he conceded and was awarded the prize during that year’s ceremony, a video of which you can watch below:
Last year, he announced his retirement from acting, although his final two films Mary and Katherine of Alexandria have yet to find release dates.
O’Toole is survived by his two daughters Pat and Kate, and son Lorcan.
We at Film Feeder send our deepest condolences to Mr. O’Toole’s family and friends. He is and always will be acting royalty, with an entire library of incredible performances to cement his eternal legacy, and shall be greatly missed by anyone and everyone who loves films.