Why Famous: Peter O'Toole was a stage actor before he was cast as the lead in David Lean's epic film "Laurence of Arabia" (1962). O'Toole was nominated for an Oscar and went on to achieve a record eight best actor nominations without a win. In 2003 the Academy awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
O'Toole other major film roles include "Lion in Winter" (1968) with Katharine Hepburn, "Goodbye, Mr Chips" (1969), "The Stunt Man" (1980) and later in his career in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor (1987).
O'Toole's performances often varied throughout his career but like his personality were never mediocre. A stage role in MacBeth" was famously badly reviewed in 1980. He is also remembered for being part of group of actors labelled hellraisers in the 1960s that included Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed.
- 1962-12-10 David Lean's film "Lawrence of Arabia", based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O'Toole, premieres at Odeon Leicester Square (Academy Awards Best Picture 1963)
- 1962-12-16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States
- 1965-02-08 22nd Golden Globes: "Becket", Peter O'Toole, & Anne Bancroft win
- 1969-02-24 26th Golden Globes: "The Lion in Winter", Peter O'Toole, & Joanne Woodward win
- 1987-10-04 "The Last Emperor" directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)