Remembering Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013)

Peter O'Toole
I’m pretty sure that anyone that has turned on the TV or picked up a newspaper today has learned that the World has lost a great actor of film and stage with the passing yesterday of Peter Seamus O’Toole.

Perhaps it had been his length of time as an actor that made me feel as if I knew him but when I read the news yesterday it really affected me, it hit me hard, as if I had lost a friend. I sat down and thought about all of the great roles Peter O’Toole had obtained and some of the not so great but no matter what character he was portraying he seemed to be having a fantastic time, there was that mischievous twinkle in his eyes. So today I felt it would be best if I shared with you some of my favorite films from his career, those that I think about most often when talking about Peter O’Toole…some choices might be more obvious than others.

When I first began working at the Razorback Theater I picked up a saying whenever we would learn of someone of great stature passing away in the entertainment industry and I continue to use it to this day, a sign of respect on the loss of such a person.

“Dim the lights in the auditorium.”

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
[Via] Movie History

The Lion in Winter (1968)

[Via] NTJ

Man of La Mancha (1972)

[Via] MCT

My Favorite Year (1982)

[Via] WarnerVOD

Club Paradise (1986)

[Via] WarnerVod


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3 thoughts on “Remembering Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013)

  1. mlpst says:

    I know what you mean. I’m an admirer of Peter O’Toole’s as well, particularly Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, and Lion in Winter. One of my favorite actors of all time.
    We just lost Lou Reed, and now another cool guy I grew up admiring. I guess that’s what happens as we get older.

  2. DrNobody says:

    No one ever mentions Supergirl!!!!! He was Zoltar in that… While not his greatest film, it was still there… And still enjoyable (if not strange)…

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    An actor’s actor. You already mentioned all my faves of his, but I would add The Stunt Man as a movie that grew on me for many reasons – great cast, behind-the-scenes setting of story, film about stunt-work!, Barbara Hershey…but the main reason was Peter O’Toole’s brillantly-mad director character.

    Not the best-shot movie, it stutters at times and you have to buy into it from the get-go to get the most out of the experience.
    But O’Toole sells it and you follow.

    One of the top actors of…ever.

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