'Lawrence Of Arabia' Star Peter O'Toole Dead At 81

2:11 PM, Dec 15, 2013   |    comments
In this file picture taken on April 30, 2011 Legendary Irish actor Peter OToole attends his hand and footprints ceremony in front of the Graumans Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Irish actor Peter O'Toole, the star of the 1962 Oscar-winning epic 'Lawrence of Arabia,' has died aged 81, his agent Steve Kenis said on. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for anAcademy Award, has died. He was 81.

O'Toole's agent Steve Kenis says the actor died Saturday at a hospital following a long illness.

O'Toole began his acting career as one of the most exciting young talents on the British stage. His 1955 Hamlet, at the Bristol Old Vic, was critically acclaimed.

He got his first Oscar nomination for 1962's Lawrence of Arabia, his last for Venus in 2006. With that he set the record for most nominations without ever winning, though he had accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003.

A reformed - but unrepentant - hell-raiser, O'Toole long suffered from ill health. Kenis announced the death in an email Sunday.

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