Peter O'Toole

Actor, Author, Copy boy
One of cinema's greatest leading men, actor Peter O'Toole first came to international superstardom at age 30 for his role as British expatriate T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia" ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1932 in Connemara, Galway, IE


Actor (87)

Eldorado 2014 (Movie)


Katherine Of Alexandria 2014 (Movie)

Gallus (Actor)

Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Atlantes (Actor)

Romeo and Me 2013 (Movie)


For Greater Glory 2012 (Movie)

Father Christopher (Actor)

Dean Spanley 2008 (Movie)

Fisk Sr (Actor)

The Tudors 2008 (Tv Show)


Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Anton Ego (Actor)

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2007 (Movie)

Glen Wessler (Actor)

Lassie 2006 (Movie)

the Duke (Actor)

One Night with the King 2006 (Movie)

Samuel (Actor)

Venus 2006 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Casanova 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Colonel Blount (Actor)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

King Priam of Troy (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Rock My World 2001 (Movie)

Lord Foxley (Actor)

Phantoms 1998 (Movie)

Timothy Flyte (Actor)

The Manor 1998 (Movie)

Mr Ravenscroft (Actor)

Fairytale - A True Story 1997 (Movie)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Actor)

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1997 (Movie)

William Williamson (Actor)

Heavy Weather 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Peter O'Toole 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Seventh Coin 1993 (Movie)

Emil Saber (Actor)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)


Rebecca's Daughters 1992 (Movie)

Lord Sarn (Actor)

Isabelle Eberhardt 1991 (Movie)

Major Lyautey (Actor)

King Ralph 1991 (Movie)

Willingham (Actor)

The Nutcracker Prince 1990 (Movie)

of Pantaloon (Voice)

The Rainbow Thief 1990 (Movie)

Prince Meleagre (Actor)

Wings of Fame 1990 (Movie)

Cesar Valentin (Actor)

Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, As Long As It's Love 1989 (Movie)

Professor McShoul (Actor)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

Peter Plunkett (Actor)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

Reginald "RJ" Johnson (Actor)

Banshee 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Club Paradise 1986 (Movie)

Governor Anthony C Hayes (Actor)

Creator 1985 (Movie)

Dr Harry Wolper (Actor)

Kim 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Supergirl 1984 (Movie)

Zaltar (Actor)

Buried Alive 1983 (Movie)


Pygmalion 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Alan Swann (Actor)

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Eli Cross (Actor)

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Lord Chelmsford (Actor)

Caligula 1978 (Movie)

Tiberius (Actor)

Power Play 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Zeller (Actor)

Man Friday 1975 (Movie)

Crusoe (Actor)

Foxtrot 1974 (Movie)

Liviu (Actor)

Rosebud 1974 (Movie)

Larry Martin (Actor)

Man of La Mancha 1972 (Movie)

Cervantes (Actor)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

Jack Gurney--14th Earl of Gurney (Actor)

Murphy's War 1971 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

Under Milk Wood 1971 (Movie)

Captain Cat (Actor)

Country Dance 1969 (Movie)

Sir Charles Ferguson (Actor)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

Arthur Chipping (Actor)

Great Catherine 1968 (Movie)

Captain Edstaston (Actor)

The Lion in Winter 1968 (Movie)

King Henry II (Actor)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

General tanz (Actor)

How to Steal a Million 1966 (Movie)

Simon Dermott (Actor)

Lord Jim 1965 (Movie)

Lord Jim (Actor)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)


The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)


What's New, Pussycat? 1965 (Movie)

Michael James (Actor)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

King Henry II (Actor)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

T E Lawrence (Actor)

The Savage Innocents 1961 (Movie)

1st Trooper (Actor)

Kidnapped 1960 (Movie)

Robin Oig MacGregor (Actor)

The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1959 (Movie)

Fitch (Actor)

Crossing to Freedom (TV Show)


Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)


Hitler: The Rise of Evil (TV Show)


Joan of Arc (TV Show)


Masada (TV Show)


Svengali (TV Show)


The Dark Angel (TV Show)


The Final Curtain (TV Show)



One of cinema's greatest leading men, actor Peter O'Toole first came to international superstardom at age 30 for his role as British expatriate T. E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), an unforgettable turn that kicked off a film career that spanned five decades and garnered eight Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. He was nothing short of masterful all throughout, delivering career-defining performances in "Becket" (1964), "Lord Jim" (1965) and "The Lion in Winter" (1968). Behind the scenes, of course, O'Toole cultivated a well-deserved reputation as a hard-drinking, two-fisted hell-raiser alongside his equally rough-and-tumble compatriots Richard Harris, Oliver Reed and Richard Burton. Despite the broken bones, trashed hotel rooms and splitting headaches, O'Toole delivered one quality turn after another in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1969) and "The Ruling Class" (1972), though he had a brush with infamy for his participation in the notorious "Caligula" (1979). Following more acclaim for "The Stunt Man" (1980) and "My Favorite Year" (1982), O'Toole receded into the background for supporting roles in "The Last Emperor" (1987), "King Ralph" (1991), and "Joan of Arc" (CBS, 1999). He went on to play Greek king Priam in "Troy" (2005) before earning his eighth and final Oscar nomination for his leading role in "Venus" (2006). Though he worked regularly, most notably as Pope Paul III on "The Tudors" (Showtime, 2007-2010), the actor lost his vigor to continue performing and announced his retirement in July 2012. Upon his death in December 2013, O'Toole left behind a legacy of extraordinary renown that few of any generation could hope to match.


Karen Brown

Lived together c. 1982-88

Kate O'Toole Actor

Born 1961; mother, Siân Phillips; carried on stage by Dame Peggy Ashcroft at the age of three months; acted in John Huston's "The Dead" (1987)

Lorcan O'Toole Carpenter

Born March 17, 1983; mother, Karen Brown

Patrick O'Toole

Irish Catholic; referred to as 'Spats' or 'The Captain' Died in the 1970s

Constance O'Toole

From aristocratic Irish Protestant family Died in the 1970s

Patricia O'Toole

Born 1963; mother, Siân Phillips

Sian Phillips Actor

Met while touring in "The Holiday" in 1958 Married December 1959 in Dublin, Ireland Divorced 1979; she went on to marry actor Robin Sachs, 16 years her junior

Trudie Styler Actor

Appeared together on stage in 1978 in "Macbeth" Had romantic involvement; ironically Frances Tomelty (then married to Sting) co-starred and befriended Styler


Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1952 - 1954
attended on scholarship; in the same class as Albert Finney, Richard Harris and Alan Bates

quit school at age 14

St Anne's Catholic School




Featured alongside Andy Garcia in the war drama "For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada"


Announced retirement from acting


Joined seconds season of the Showtime series "The Tudors" as Pope Paul III


Co-starred in family drama "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage"


Portrayed a veteran English actor in director Roger Michell's "Venus"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor


Appeared in a rare television role as the older version of legendary 18th century Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova in the BBC drama serial "Casanova"


Co-starred with Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer in the romantic drama "Romeo and Me," a love story set during World War II


Cast as Greek king Priam in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"


Cast in director Steven Fry's ensemble drama "Bright Young Things"


Awarded Honorary Oscar for his film work; requested that the Academy defer the award until his 80th birthday because he did not want to be perceived as out of the acting game; Academy proceeded with award, O'Toole agreed to collect


Co-starred in the television miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil" (CBS); received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie


Guest starred opposite Richard Dreyfuss on the latter's short-lived TV series "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS)


Appeared with Joan Plowright and Alicia Silverstone in the straight-to-video "Rock My World"


Landed leading role as an unscrupulous TV game show host in "The Final Curtain"


Returned to the London stage in revival of "Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell"; production prompted by the 1998 death of Bernard (a sometime columnist and drunken Soho veteran and friend; filmed for British TV


Portrayed Bishop Cauchon in the CBS miniseries "Joan of Arc"; received Emmy Award


Starred as Timothy Flyte in the film adaptation of Dean Koontz's "Phantoms"


Played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in "Fairytale: A True Story"


Reunited with former RADA chums Richard Briers, Ronald Fraser, and Bryan Pringle in the P G Wodehouse story "Heavy Weathers" in "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS)


Acted the part of the Emperor of Lilliput in the NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels"


Mounted a camel for the first time in 34 years and rode onstage when David Letterman hosted "The Late Show" (CBS) from London


Wrote first part ("The Child") of his three-part autobiography Loitering With Intent


Again acted with Omar Sharif in fantasy drama "The Rainbow Thief"


Underlined his reputation as one of the last great British stage actors with his performance in Keith Waterhouse's "Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell"


Starred on Broadway as Professor Higgins in "Pygmalion"


Portrayed Reginald Johnston, tutor to the young Pu Yi in Bernardo Bertolucci's award-winning "The Last Emperor"


First time as Henry Higgins in Showtime presentation of "Pygmalion"


Picked up seventh Best Actor Oscar nomination as alcoholic film star Alan Swann in "My Favorite Year"


Made American TV debut as the Roman general leading the siege at "Masada"; earned an Emmy nomination for his work in the ABC miniseries


Delivered a mesmerizing performance as the Christ-like director Eli Cross in "The Stunt Man," filmed in 1978 but put on shelf so as not to conflict with that year's "Hooper," starring Burt Reynolds as a stunt man; received sixth Academy Award nomination a


Co-starred with Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren in "Caligula"


Savaged for his portrayal of "Macbeth" on the London stage, receiving reviews like "His performance suggests that he is taking some kind of personal revenge on the play" (The Observer); unfazed by the critics, completed the 14 week run, playing to


Starred in the BBC-TV movie "Rogue Male"; cast included Alistair Sim and Harold Pinter


Reportedly gave up drinking after an operation on his stomach in which part of his intestines were removed


Rejoined the Bristol Old Vic to play the title role in "Uncle Vanya"


Starred in two more projects involving music, the hilarious, irreverent black comedy "The Ruling Class" (for which he earned an Oscar nod) and the abysmal adaptation of the popular musical "The Man of La Mancha"


Took a sabbatical from acting; lived on family property in the west of Ireland


Displayed his singing ability (or lack of it) opposite Petula Clark in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"; earned fourth Best Actor Oscar nominaton for his sensitive portrayal of the somewhat prissy and martinetish teacher; then-wife Sian Phillips stole all her scenes


Garnered third Best Actor Academy Award nomination as Henry II in "The Lion in Winter" opposite Katharine Hepburn's Eleanor of Acquitaine


Reteamed with "Lawrence" co-star Omar Sharif in "Night of the Generals"


Delivered first of two Oscar-nominated turns as Henry II in "Becket"


Starred in the title role of the National Theatre Company's inaugural production of "Hamlet"


Rode to fame on the back of a camel, playing the title role in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia"; picked up first of several Best Actor Academy Award nominations and subsequently referred to Lean as the biggest single influence in his adult life


Made film acting debut in "Kidnapped" (released in USA, 1960)


Joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford-on-Avon


Formed Keep Films with producer Jules Buck


Gained recognition for performance as a barrack-room lawyer in the London stage production of "The Long and the Short and the Tall"; part had been written for Finney, but when he suffered from appendicitis during rehearsals, O'Toole took over; it was anno


Made London stage debut in "Major Barbara" with the Bristol Old Vic


Joined Bristol Old Vic company; first appeared in "The Matchmaker"; stayed three years and performed in 73 roles


Appeared with Albert Finney in RADA production of "As You Like It"


Made amateur stage debut with Leeds Civic Theatre at age 17

Spent two years with Royal Navy as a seaman and decoder on a submarine

First job, wrapping cartons in a warehouse

Raised in Leeds; family subsequently moved to London

At 14, joined the Yorkshire Evening News; worked first as messenger and copy boy, and then reporter

Bonus Trivia


At a party following the premiere of "Lawrence in Arabia" in December 1962, Noel Coward told O'Toole, "If you'd been any prettier, it would have been 'Florence of Arabia.'"


An athletic six-footer, O'Toole once boxed, played rugby, and was an expert swimmer. He remained an avid fly-fisherman and was passionate about cricket, which he sometimes coached.


About acting in "Caligula" (as the Emperor Tiberius), a bit of soft porn produced by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione: "Everyone was in it. Johnny Gielgud, Helen Mirren, Malcolm McDowell. Originally it was to be "Gore Vidal's Caligula." Gore realized about the week before the kick-off that something was up. He got very beady and went off in a huff, tapping his little crocodile-skin shoes."When I went on the set there were lots of rubber choppers everywhere and enormous blokes walking around on tiptoe covered in chiffon with big pricks on display. Johnny Gielgud came up to me in a muslin gown and said, 'Do you think we're in a blue film?' But we had a lovely, lovely time. I don't think I've given a funnier performance in my life." – O'Toole quoted in Neon, March 1998