Sunday, December 15, 2013

Peter O'Toole Passes at 81

Peter O'Toole Dies at 81

Lawrence of Arabia inspired not only a generation of young explorers after the film was released in 1962, but continued to do so long into the age of my upbringing. Over the years, I sought Peter O'Toole in film after film, watching as he calmly lit up the screen with his stylistic, yet underplayed charms. I felt kindred- viewing with understanding as he smartly informed the other character that they were most assuredly incorrect, and to have things go more smoothly, his advice should be taken.

His film credits included some of the most striking of the Hollywood epics: Lawrence of Arabia. Lord Jim, and The Lion in Winter. The 1970s saw a shift in film productions, and O'Toole fell into the new characters just as comfortably. Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Murphy from Murphy's War, Zaltar from the 1984 production of Supergirl. and a personal favorite of mine, Governor Hayes in Club Paradise opposite Robin Williams.

And now, at the age of 81, he has passed, and the world will be a bit less cocky for the loss. Rest in peace, Mr, O'Toole.

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