Peter OToole: The Definitive Biography by Robert SellersPeter OToole was supremely talented, a unique leading man and one of the most charismatic and unpredictable actors of his generation. Described by Richard Burton as the most original actor to come out of Britain since the war, OToole regularly seemed to veer towards self-destruction.
With the help of exclusive interviews with colleagues and close friends, Peter OToole: The Definitive Biography paints the first complete picture of this much loved man and reveals what drove him to extremes, why he drank to excess and hated authority. But it also describes a man who was fiercely intelligent, with a great sense of humour and huge energy. Always insightful, at times funny, at times deeply moving, this is a fitting tribute to an iconic actor who made a monumental contribution to theatre and cinema.
He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in He achieved international recognition playing T. O'Toole was born in Peter had an elder sister, Patricia. He and his sister were brought up in the Roman Catholic faith of their father. Of course, that's all been stopped. They're sipping gin and tonic in the Dublin pubs now, and a couple of them flashed their pretty ankles at me just the other day", he said.
By Caroline Howe For Dailymail. Peter O'Toole - one of England's greatest actors - nearly drank himself to death as he partied his way through the best years of his career. Considered one of England's greatest stage and film actors, and a leading man for half a century, Peter O'Toole lived a debauched life of booze, cocaine and weed. No one expected him to live past 50 years old. He lived 31 years beyond But by the time he was 48 in , he had almost no stomach left - thanks to his massive consumption of alcohol. As a young acting student, he could sniff out the best parties like a veteran bloodhound and told a fellow student that he wanted to be dead from drink by
In the Anglo-Irish tradition from Swift to Daniel Day-Lewis, he had a deranged seriousness, his mind a weir of unheard chords, and many of his parts Don Quixote, Macbeth, Caligula, Casanova irrigated currents of ambitious madness. Nothing existed beyond the sunlit stage. When he died in , anecdotes fell from the obituary orchard like apples. He dropped the finger in brandy before sticking it back into place and wrapping it with a bandage. Then when the landlord of that pub died, they went to the funeral… before being told they were at the wrong service. This hedonism was burnished by the existential relief of the times. No, no, no: we went out on the town, baby, and we did our drinking in public!
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Katharine Hepburn , his consort in The Lion in Winter , once told Peter O'Toole that he was profligate with his talent as an actor. But perhaps O'Toole's metier was always risk. Even in Lawrence of Arabia , when he was not quite 30, he looked like an elegant wreck, dipped in suntan, his eyes full of fever. O'Toole, who has died aged 81, made his height, his giddy conviction and his theatricality hold that epic together. He was a freed bird in white robes, yet he shuddered like a schoolboy at the thought of torture. Was O'Toole a great actor? Some said so — not least those who watched him grow up at the Bristol Old Vic in the s.