Peter O’Toole died on Saturday at the age of 81, according to his agent, Steve Kenis. The actor was best known for the instant stardom he received for playing Lawrence of Arabia.
O’Toole began his acting career in Hamlet in 1955 at the Bristol Old Vic and received his first Oscar nomination for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. During his career, he received a record eight nominations, the most for an actor without winning, though he did accept an honorary Oscar in 2003, notes The Associated Press.
Fans of the charismatic actor took to Twitter on Sunday after his death was announced, remembering his movies and his personality.
Very sad to hear one of my Hero’s has died!Sir Peter O’Toole may u rest in peace u were a great inspiration to me! pic.twitter.com/CAcRLjtJQF
— aneurin barnard (@aneurinBarnard) December 15, 2013
I like to think that Peter O’ Toole and Richard Harris are raising hell up there tonight.
— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) December 15, 2013
“It’s my job. It’s what I do. It’s what I’m on Earth to do and its who I am.” – Peter O’Toole on acting. #RIP pic.twitter.com/0i31txqYxi
— Charles Thorp (@charlesthorp) December 15, 2013
Farewell to the great Peter O’Toole. The finest actor of his generation.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) December 15, 2013
Farewell to the magnificent Peter O’Toole. https://t.co/pYdvqANG9U
— Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) December 15, 2013
Peter O’Toole has died at 81. https://t.co/217HwEjesU One of the finest actors I’ve ever seen. RIP.
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) December 15, 2013
So sad to hear the news of Peter O’Toole’s passing. He was lovely to me when we worked together on My Favorite… https://t.co/ytg8eJObqX
— Cady McClain (@CadyMcClain) December 15, 2013
Legendary actor Peter O’Toole, who shot to stardom in 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died at age 81. pic.twitter.com/847Ci3FAiy
— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) December 15, 2013
Kenis announced Peter O’Toole’s death in an email to the media on Sunday.