Peter O’Toole, one of the greatest film actors of the 20th Century, has died. No doubt Mr O’Toole will be mostly remembered for his performance portraying T. E. Lawrence in David Lean’s desert epic, “Lawrence of Arabia”.
However, I will remember the man for his delicious acting turns in three films, “My Favorite Year” where he was somewhat type cast as a brilliant drunkard, as the egomaniacal director in “The Stunt Man“, and in the absurdist comedy, “The Ruling Class“, wherein O’Toole is transformed from a poor harmless sap who thinks he’s Jesus into a character more acceptable to polite British society, Jack The Ripper.
Mr. O’Toole also excelled in dramatic roles among which his performance opposite Katherine Hepburn in “The Lion In Winter” is a real standout.
Britain has produced some of the greatest actors ever to star in film. Peter O’Toole will surely be remembered as one of a small handful of leading men, along with actors such as Albert Finney and Michael Caine, who were the best of the best.