Thursday, August 02, 2007

Happy 75th Birthday Peter O'Toole!

Have a deserve it!

And to celebrate the great man's birthday here are 5 facts you may or may not already know about Peter O'Toole:

1. He attended a Catholic school where the nuns beat him to correct his left-handedness.

2. Was friends with fellow Irish actor Richard Harris. After Harris died, his family hoped that O'Toole would replace him as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.

3. He is only one of four actors to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He was nominated as Best Actor for Henry II in Becket (1964) and for Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1968). Furthermore, O'Toole is the only one of these four who was nominated for playing the same character (at two different stages in his life) in two totally different films, neither of which was a sequel or prequel to the other.

4. The 1976 film adaptation of the book "The Man Who Fell To Earth", directed by Nicolas Roeg, was originally meant to be a vehicle for O'Toole.

5. Was originally approached by director 'Billy Wilder' to play Sherlock Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), opposite 'Peter Sellers' as Dr. Watson. Wilder later decided to go with lesser known stars instead.

"I can't stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another." ~Peter O'Toole


J.D. said...

How he has no Oscar is a crime against the Cinema Gods.

Dr. Zaius said...

I love Peter O'Toole! I remember when I was little kid, I saw him presenting an award on he Oscars. He was so drunk he could hardly talk! And he just smiled thought he whole thing. Peter O'Toole is God!

battlemaiden said...

Believe it or not, "Lawrence of Arabia" is one of my favorite movies! I love how he oozed compassion in that.

Joe said...

Ah, Peter O'Toole. What a splendid figure. Some of my fondest memories of the old Johnny Carson show consisted Peter O'Toole's drunken appearances, which he'd laughingly put down to "jet lag."

Becca said...

No kidding! Cary Grant never won an Oscar either! What a tradgedy.

Dr. Zaius-
He's one of my favorite film drunks. I've always said it would be a great deal of fun to go drinking with O'Toole, Richard Harris, Richard Burton and Oliver Reed. The drunken boastful stories would go on for days I would imagine.

He really did ooze compassion that is the perfect way to say it. That is such a beautiful movie!

Few men can make drinking work in their favor, use it to make them seem more charming but boy does he pull it off!

J.D. said...

But then again, the winner the year of LofA was Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird, so... just those two, it was a great year, no?

Anonymous said...

When John Goodman appeared on Inside The Actor's Studio, he was asked about working with O'Toole on King Ralph.

Shooting in Buckingham Palace, the men were smoking between setups, except that Goodman noticed O'Toole was tipping his ash right there on the carpet. He asked O'Toole if maybe they ought to get an ashtray. O'Toole's reponse: "Boy! Make the world your ashtray!"


And My Favorite Year is a great booze movie.