Saturday 25 November 2017

O'Toole cements his reputation as one of Hollywood's greats

Actor Peter O'Toole places his handprints in cement during the TCM Classic Film
Festival in LA at the weekend
Actor Peter O'Toole places his handprints in cement during the TCM Classic Film Festival in LA at the weekend
Peter O'Toole kisses actress Rose McGowan after he was immortalised on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Peter O'Toole's signature, and hand and footprints, are set in cement

Fiona Ellis

A LEGEND of stage and screen, Irish actor Peter O'Toole has been immortalised on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The flamboyant actor, dressed in a light suit and colourful cravat, was joined by his son and daughter, Lorcan and Kate, as he marked his handprints and footprints in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

The ceremony was part of the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival honouring classic film and movie stars.

On hand with O'Toole (78) and his family were 'The Stunt Man' co-star Barbara Hershey, actress Anjelica Huston, and Turner Classic Movies stars Robert Osborne and Rose McGowan.

Although frail-looking, the blue-eyed star was in high spirits and joked with the watching crowds. He demonstrated how he used to carry cement before becoming an actor and quipped: "It's been many years since I had an intimate relationship with cement."


He also proved he hadn't lost his touch with the ladies by kissing fellow actor Rose McGowan during the ceremony.

Born in Connemara in 1932 and raised in Leeds in the UK, O'Toole made his stage debut aged just 17.

His career was launched when he got the part of Lawrence in 'Lawrence of Arabia' in 1962 and he went on to become an international star.

Severe illness related to his heavy drinking almost ended his life in the late 1970s and he underwent stomach surgery.

His long convalescence almost cost him his career, but in the 1980s he returned to the big screen.

O'Toole has been nominated eight times for an Academy Award for films 'Becket', 'The Lion in Winter' and 'The Ruling Class', amongst others. In 2003 the Academy honoured him with a Special Award for his lifelong contribution to film.

He continues to be extremely active, lending his voice to 'Ratatouille' in 2007. He also stared in the popular television series 'The Tudors' in 2008, and in 'Eager to Die' in 2010.

The actor currently has three films in post-production -- 'Katherine of Alexandria', 'Eldorado' and 'Cristiada'.

Irish Independent

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