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  • 2014 - Katherine of Alexandria
  • 2013 - The Whole World at Our Feet
  • 2012 - For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada
    Father Christopher
  • 2012 - Highway to Hell (Video)
    Narrator (voice)
  • 2010 - Eager to Die
    Lord Pelican
  • 2009 - Iron Road (TV Mini-Series)
    Relic - Episode #1.2 (2009) ... Relic (credit only) - Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Relic
  • 2008 - Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage
  • 2008 - My Talks with Dean Spanley
    Fisk Senior
  • 2008 - The Tudors (TV Series)
    Pope Paul III - Everything Is Beautiful (30 March 2008) - Pope Paul III - Checkmate (13 April 2008) - Pope Paul III - The Act of Succession (20 April 2008) - Pope Paul III - His Majesty's Pleasure (27 April 2008) - Pope Paul III - The Definition of Love (4 May 2008) - Pope Paul III - Matters of State (11 May 2008) - Pope Paul III - Lady in Waiting (18 May 2008) - Pope Paul III
  • 2007 - Stardust
  • 2007 - Ratatouille
    Anton Ego (voice)
  • 2006 - One Night with the King
    Samuel, the Prophet
  • 2006 - Venus
  • 2005 - Lassie
    The Duke
  • 2005 - Casanova (TV Mini-Series)
    Older Casanova - Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Older Casanova - Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Older Casanova - Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Older Casanova
  • 2004 - Troy
  • 2003 - Imperium: Augustus (TV Movie)
    Augustus Caesar
  • 2003 - Hitler: The Rise of Evil (TV Movie)
    President Paul von Hindenburg
  • 2003 - Bright Young Things
    Colonel Blount
  • 2002 - The Final Curtain
    JJ Curtis
  • 2002 - Rock My World
    Lord Foxley
  • 2002 - The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
    Sidney McKnight - One More Time - (2002) ... Sidney McKnight
  • 1999 - Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (TV Movie)
    Jeffrey Bernard
  • 1999 - Joan of Arc (TV Movie)
    Bishop Cauchon
  • 1999 - Molokai
    William Williamson
  • 1999 - The Manor
    Mr. Ravenscroft
  • 1998 - Coming Home (TV Movie)
    Colonel Edgar Carey-Lewis
  • 1998 - Phantoms
    Dr. Timothy Flyte
  • 1997 - FairyTale: A True Story
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 1996 - Gulliver's Travels (TV Movie)
    Emperor of Lilliput
  • 1995 - Heavy Weather (TV Movie)
    Clarence, Earl of Emsworth
  • 1994 - Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV Mini-Series)
    Sam Trump - Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Sam Trump (credit only) - Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Sam Trump - Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Sam Trump
  • 1993 - The Seventh Coin
    Emil Saber
  • 1992 - Civvies (TV Series)
    Barry Newman - Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Barry Newman - Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Barry Newman - Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Barry Newman
  • 1992 - Rebecca's Daughters
    Lord Sarn
  • 1991 - Isabelle Eberhardt
    Maj. Lyautey
  • 1991 - King Ralph
    Sir Cedric Charles Willingham
  • 1990 - The Nutcracker Prince
    Pantaloon (voice)
  • 1990 - The Rainbow Thief
    Prince Meleagre
  • 1990 - The Pied Piper (TV Movie)
    John Sidney Howard
  • 1990 - Wings of Fame
    Cesar Valentin
  • 1989 - Up to Date
    Prof. Yan McShoul
  • 1989 - Uncle Silas (TV Mini-Series)
    Uncle Silas Ruthyn - Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Uncle Silas Ruthyn - Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Uncle Silas Ruthyn
  • 1988 - High Spirits
    Peter Plunkett
  • 1987 - The Last Emperor
    Reginald 'R. J.' Johnston
  • 1986 - Club Paradise
    Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
  • 1986 - The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
    John Hampton - Banshee - (1986) ... John Hampton
  • 1985 - Creator
    Dr. Harry Wolper
  • 1984 - Supergirl
  • 1984 - Kim (TV Movie)
  • 1983 - Pygmalion (TV Movie)
    Professor Henry Higgins
  • 1983 - Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet
    Sherlock Holmes (voice)
  • 1983 - Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse (TV Movie)
    Sherlock Holmes (voice)
  • 1983 - Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four
    Sherlock Holmes (voice)
  • 1983 - Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear
    Sherlock Holmes (voice)
  • 1983 - Svengali (TV Movie)
    Anton Bosnyak
  • 1982 - Man and Superman (TV Movie)
    Jack Tanner
  • 1982 - My Favorite Year
    Alan Swann
  • 1981 - Masada (TV Mini-Series)
    General Cornelius Flavius Silva / Gen. Cornelius Flavius Silva - Part IV (1981) ... General Cornelius Flavius Silva - Part III (1981) ... General Cornelius Flavius Silva - Part II (1981) ... General Cornelius Flavius Silva - Part I (1981) ... Gen. Cornelius Flavius Silva
  • 1980 - The Stunt Man
    Eli Cross
  • 1980 - Strumpet City (TV Series)
    Jim Larkin - Episode #1.7 (1980) ... Jim Larkin - Episode #1.6 (1980) ... Jim Larkin - Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Jim Larkin - Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Jim Larkin
  • 1979 - Caligula
  • 1979 - Zulu Dawn
    Lord Chelmsford
  • 1978 - Power Play
    Colonel Zeller
  • 1977 - Rogue Male (TV Movie)
    Sir Robert Hunter
  • 1976 - The Far Side of Paradise
  • 1975 - Man Friday
    Robinson Crusoe
  • 1975 - Rosebud
    Larry Martin
  • 1972 - Man of La Mancha
    Don Quixote de La Mancha / Miguel de Cervantes / Alonso Quijana
  • 1972 - The Ruling Class
    Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney
  • 1972 - Under Milk Wood
    Captain Tom Cat
  • 1971 - Murphy's War
  • 1970 - Brotherly Love
    Sir Charles Ferguson
  • 1969 - Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    Arthur Chipping
  • 1968 - Great Catherine
    Capt. Charles Edstaston
  • 1968 - The Lion in Winter
    Henry II
  • 1967 - Casino Royale
    Scottish Piper (uncredited)
  • 1967 - ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
    Garry Essendine - Present Laughter - (1967) ... Garry Essendine
  • 1967 - The Night of the Generals
    General Tanz
  • 1966 - The Bible: In the Beginning...
    The Three Angels
  • 1966 - How to Steal a Million
    Simon Dermott
  • 1965 - The Sandpiper (voice, uncredited)
  • 1965 - What's New Pussycat
    Michael James (as Peter O'toole)
  • 1965 - Lord Jim
    Lord Jim
  • 1964 - Becket
    His king / king henry ii
  • 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
    T.E. Lawrence
  • 1959-1961 - Rendezvous (TV Series)
    Patrick O'Toole / Larry Dunne / John - Once a Horseplayer (1961) ... Patrick O'Toole - End of a Good Man (1961) ... Larry Dunne - London-New York (1959) ... John
  • 1960 - The Day They Robbed the Bank of England
    Capt. Monty Fitch
  • 1960 - The Savage Innocents
    First Trooper
  • 1960 - Kidnapped
    Robin MacGregor
  • 1959 - The Long and the Short and the Tall (TV Movie)
    877 Privale Bamforth, C.
  • 1958 - The Castiglioni Brothers (TV Movie)
  • 1956 - The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series)
    First Soldier - A Tale of Two Pigtails (1956) ... First Soldier

Authors Description:

Born in Ireland in 1932, Peter O'Toole was one of Hollywood's most highly regarded actors. O'Toole's rise to stardom began in 1962, when he played T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. He went on to appear in such critically heralded films as Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), with Richard Burton and Katharine Hepburn, respectively. Later successes include My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). O'Toole announced his retirement from acting in 2012. After battling a long illness, O'Toole died peacefully at the age of 81 in a London hospital on December 14, 2013.

Born in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, legendary actor Peter Seamus O'Toole grew up in Leeds, England. There, his father, Patrick, often worked as a bookmaker. As O'Toole told writer Gay Talese in an interview published in Esquire, "When my father would come home from the track after a good day, the whole room would light up; it was fairyland. But when he lost, it was black. In our house, it was always a wake ... or a wedding."

In his early teens, O'Toole left school and ended up working for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He held several positions at the newspaper before deciding against a life in journalism. "I soon found out that, rather than chronicling events, I wanted to be the event," he said, according to Robert Sellers's book Hellraisers: The Life and Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole & Reed.

After completing his national service in the Royal Navy, Peter O'Toole won a place at the famed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His classmates there included Albert Finney and Alan Bates. O'Toole began his career on the stage with the Bristol Old Vic theater. Before long, he established himself as a gifted actor. O'Toole was especially known for his portrayal of the title character in William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

O'Toole made it to the big screen in 1960, playing small roles in the films The Savage Innocents, Kidnapped and The Day They Robbed the Bank of England. Soon after, the actor signed on for one of the most significant parts of his career: He was hired by director Sir David Lean to play the title character in the drama Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Making this critically praised project proved to be a physically and emotionally grueling process, as it took two years to film and was shot in seven different countries. But O'Toole's hard work paid off: He was nominated for an Academy Award (best actor) for his portrayal of T.E. Lawrence in the film. Though he didn't win this honor, the movie took home the Oscar for best picture.

With the success of Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole became an international film star. He picked up his second Oscar nomination for his turn as King Henry II in Becket (1964), in which Richard Burton played the title role.

The following year, O'Toole demonstrated his range as an actor with leading roles in Lord Jim, a drama based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad, and the Woody Allen comedy What's New Pussycat?

O'Toole gave a stellar performance opposite Katharine Hepburn in the English historical drama Lion in Winter. He once again played England's King Henry II in this movie, which earned him another Oscar nod. The following year, O'Toole landed the lead role in a more contemporary yet equally acclaimed film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, playing a shy teacher who becomes smitten with a showgirl. O'Toole continued to show that he was clearly capable of great transformations on screen with 1972's The Ruling Class, in which he stars as a mentally disturbed English aristocrat who believes that he is Jesus Christ.

In addition to being known as a great actor, O'Toole established a reputation for his heavy drinking around this time. His substance abuse caught up with him in 1975, landing him in the hospital, and he subsequently underwent surgery for what doctors called an abdominal irregularity. The 43-year-old actor nearly died. Soon after, O'Toole decided to put end to his drinking, stating, "The time has come to stop roaming. The pirate ship has berthed. I can still make whoopee, but now I do it sober," according to the Daily Mail.

Before this incident, O'Toole's career had been a downward spiral. He continued to make some poor choices over the next few years, especially the gory and explicit Roman era flop Caligula. After some delay, the film was finally released in 1980 to scathing reviews.

O'Toole managed to overcome his personal challenges to return to top form as an actor. He starred in another Oscar-nominated role, as an egomaniacal director in The Stunt Man (1980), and again won raves for his portrayal of a beloved and wild film star in My Favorite Year (1982).

Continuing to work steadily over the next two decades, O'Toole won an Emmy Award in 1999 for his work on the television miniseries Joan of Arc. He also received an honorary Oscar in 2002 for his "remarkable talents [that] have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters."

In 2006, O'Toole received his eighth Oscar nomination for his performance in Venus. He plays a mature actor who develops a platonic relationship with a much younger woman in the film. The actor returned to the small screen in 2008, portraying Pope Paul III in The Tudors.

In 2012, however, O'Toole announced that he was retiring from acting. After more than 50 years as an actor, he released a statement saying that he had lost his desire to perform: "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge," he said. "To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back." The actor went on express his gratitude for his career, stating, "My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits."

After batttling a long illness, O'Toole died peacefully at the age of 81 in a London hospital on December 14, 2013. Ireland's president Michael D. Higgins released a statement about O'Toole's passing: "Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre."

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