Thursday 22 February 2018

Tributes pour in for late actor Peter O'Toole

Actor Peter O'Toole arrives at the pre-screening drinks reception for
Actor Peter O'Toole arrives at the pre-screening drinks reception for "Venus" at The National Gallery on October 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Samuel L. Jackson has described the late Peter O'Toole as an "amazing talent".

The veteran actor passed away at the Wellington hospital in London on Saturday aged 81 following a long illness.

He shot to fame after starring in 1962 Oscar-winning movie Lawrence of Arabia and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations without a win.

Sharing his respect for Peter, Samuel posted a heart-warming tribute on his Twitter page.

"I met Peter O'Toole backstage at A Soldiers Play! Amazing talent, an Inspiration! RIP," he wrote.

British actor Tom Hiddleston also left a tribute for Peter, tweeting: "Goodbye, Peter O'Toole. You were great."

Actor Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia 1968 (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia 1968 (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole, circa 1975. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O?Toole at a Manchester press conference for his play 'Man and Superman' being presented at the Palace Theatre before its London showing. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole, 5th September 1980. (Photo by John Downing/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole wearing a straw boater and bow tie, circa 1970. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole attends the 79th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole arrives at the pre-screening drinks reception for "Venus" at The National Gallery on October 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Peter O'Toole poses for a portrait at the Ritz Hotel in London, England on January 24, 1989. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole wearing a sharp suit and smoking a cigarette in a holder, London 1976. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
British actor Peter O'Toole kissing his actress wife Sian Phillips while holding drink in hand. (Photo by Horst Tappe/Pix Inc./Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Welsh actress Sian Phillips arrivies at London Airport with her husband Peter O'Toole 1964 (Photo by Cleland Rimmer/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole as Alan Swann on set of the MGM/UA Entertainment movie "My Favorite Year" in 1982. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole as Murphy in 'Murphy's War', directed by Peter Yates, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole, circa 1985. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Irish actor Peter O'Toole bare chasted looking in the distance in the film The Bible: In the Beginning. 1966 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Peter O'Toole poses as his hand and footprints are enshrined in concrete at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Peter O'Toole in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Lord Jim', 1965. The adventure film, adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) and directed by Richard Brooks (1912-1992), starred O'Toole as 'Lord Jim'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole in New York City during the filming of the movie 'My Favourite Year', September 1981. (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Peter O'Toole (Photo by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Peter O'Toole & Rod Steiger during 33rd Annual Emmy Awards Rehearsals at Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Joan Collins, 80, recalled a humorous moment she shared with the legendary star when they had drinks on a plane.

"We've lost a true talent of British stage and cinema - Peter O'Toole. Learned all about mixology from him on a...barely...memorable flight! (sic)" she wrote.

Other celebrities who offered their respects included 27-year-old actress Emily VanCamp. The blonde actress, known for her role in TV series Revenge, sent her thoughts to his relatives at this difficult time.

"RIP Peter O'Toole. Another great man and talent has left us. Love to his family and friends," she shared.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres feels privileged to have met Peter face to face before his passing.

"Hollywood lost an icon yesterday. Peter O'Toole was one of the best. I'm so glad I got to meet him," she tweeted.

Peter's daughter Kate O'Toole released an emotional statement following her father's passing. She thanked fans and loved ones for their support and requested people leave her family in peace while they come to terms with the news.

"His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts," she said.

"In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished. We will be happy to speak to you all then but in the meantime if you could give Peter O'Toole the respect he deserves and allow us to grieve privately we'd appreciate it. Thank you all again for your beautiful tributes - keep them coming."

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