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Sunday 20 April 2014

Farewell to hellraiser O'Toole

Actors Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren attend the  Miramax Films pre-Oscar party celebrating  Oscar nominees in Los Angeles...  REUTERS/Fred Prouser   (UNITED STATES)...E
Actors Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren attend the Miramax Films pre-Oscar party celebrating Oscar nominees in Los Angeles...REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)...E

Tributes were paid last night to actor and hellraiser Peter O'Toole, who died at the age of 81.

The Connemara-born actor, who rose to fame in the 1962 Oscar-winning epic 'Lawrence Of Arabia' (left), died in London on Saturday.

Although he received eight Academy Award nominations for best actor, O'Toole never won the ultimate accolade. In 2003 he was given a special Oscar from his peers for his contribution to film.

He is survived by his family, including his daughters Pat and Kate, his son Lorcan, and former wife, actress Sian Phillips.

President Michael D Higgins, who befriended O'Toole in 1969, said: "He was unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance on and off the stage."

Irish Independent

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