Skip to main content

Perhaps best known for his seminal title-role performance in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, the rakish O'Toole was a prodigiously talented actor who also developed a reputation for his high-spirited off-screen antics. He gave up drinking in 1975, but not his hell-raising.

1 of 20

Peter O'Toole on the set of Rock My World (2002) in Oshawa, Ont., Nov. 19, 2000.

Tibor Kolley/The Globe & Mail

2 of 20

Peter O’Toole and Anthony Quinn in the Sam Spiegel / David Lean production of Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Handout

3 of 20

Peter O'Toole, right, as T.E. Lawrence, with co-star Omar Sharif, in Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

AP

4 of 20

Richard Burton, left, stars as Thomas Becket with Peter O'Toole as King Henry II in Becket (1964).

Story continues below advertisement

5 of 20

Peter O’Toole, left, with Peter Sellers in What’s New, Pussycat? (1965).

MGM

6 of 20

This 1965 file photo released by 20th Century Fox shows actor Peter O'Toole in a scene from How to Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After.

AP

7 of 20

This 1968 file image shows Katharine Hepburn, right, as she plays Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine with co-star Peter O'Toole as King Henry II of England, in the film The Lion In Winter.

Anonymous/AP

8 of 20

Peter O'Toole, second from right, as Arthur Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969).

9 of 20

Peter O'Toole in Man of La Mancha (1972).

10 of 20

Peter O’Toole, left, with Steve Railsback in The Stunt Man (1980).

Twentieth Century-Fox

11 of 20

Peter O'Toole is shown at his home in London, Dec. 23, 1980.

DAVE CAULKIN/AP

12 of 20

Peter O'Toole in My Favorite Year (1982).

13 of 20

Peter O’Toole in The Last Emperor (1987).

Columbia Pictures

14 of 20

Peter O'Toole is embraced by actress and presenter Meryl Streep after receiving an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement at the 75th annual Academy Awards, in Hollywood, California in this file photo from March 23, 2003.

MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS

15 of 20

In this March 23, 2003 file photo, Peter O'Toole appears backstage without his Oscar after receiving the Academy Award's Honorary Award during the 75th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

REED SAXON/AP

16 of 20

Peter O'Toole, a nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, arrives for the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 5, 2007.

MONICA ALMEIDA/NYT

17 of 20

Peter O'Toole as Pope Paul III during filming for Showtime's The Tudors in Dublin, July 12, 2007.

DEREK SPEIRS/NYT

18 of 20

Peter O'Toole arrives at the opening night gala of the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival featuring a screening of a restoration of An American In Paris in Hollywood, California, April 28, 2011.

FRED PROUSER/REUTERS

19 of 20

Peter O'Toole displays his cement-covered hands after placing his handprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, April 30, 2011.

FRED PROUSER/REUTERS

20 of 20

In this 1961 file photo, actor Peter O'Toole is shown in the title role in the film Lawrence of Arabia. The film is among the American Film Institute's best genre movies.

Anonymous/AP

Report an error
Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.