Peter O’Toole was an English stage and film actor who was born on August 2, 1932. He was born at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, Yorkshire, After completing his education, he started working in the theater. He became known as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company.
He made his West End debut in The Long and the Short and the Tall in 1959 and in 1963, he played a role in Hamlet. The parents of Peter O’Toole were Constance Jane Eliot and Patrick Joseph “Spats” O’Toole. Patrick Joseph “Spats” O’Toole was an Irish metal plater, football player, and bookmaker whereas Constance Jane Eliot was a Scottish nurse.
Peter O’Toole had a sister called Patricia. When he was one year old, his family started a five-year tour of major racecourse towns in Northern England. So far as film is concerned, Peter O’Toole made his debut in 1959. Later in 1962, he played a role in Lawrence of Arabia and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Subsequently, he got nominated for the same award seven times for the roles he played in both Becket (1964) and The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982), and Venus (2006).
He has the most Oscar nominations for acting without a win. However, in 2002, Peter O’Toole received the Academy Honorary Award for his career achievements. He has also received four Golden Globe Awards, one BAFTA Award for Best British Actor and one Primetime Emmy Award.
Peter O’Toole Cause of Death
Peter O’Toole was misdiagnosed with stomach cancer resulting from excess intake of alcohol. He underwent surgery in 1976 to have his pancreas and a part of his stomach removed. This generated into insulin-dependent diabetes. He nearly died from a blood disorder but with the passage of time, he got well.
Sooner than later, he retired from acting in July 2012 due to a recurrence of stomach cancer. He died on December 14, 2013, at Wellington Hospital in St John’s Wood, London. He was 81 years old at the time of his death. His death was attributed to his stomach cancer.
He was cremated and his funeral was held at Golders Green Crematorium in London on December 21, 2013.
Peter O’Toole married Welsh actress Siân Phillips in 1959. They had two children; actress Kate and Patricia. They got divorced in 1979. There were reports that Peter O’Toole subjected his wife to mental cruelty, largely fuelled by drinking. O’Toole and his girlfriend, model Karen Brown, also had a son called Lorcan O’Toole.