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  • Peter O'Toole

    Born on August 2, 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland

awards & nominations

Venus (2006)

Peter O'Toole as "Maurice"

Maurice (Peter O'Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) are veteran British actors who share a friendship and comfortable routines into their 70s. The arrival of Ian's grand-niece, Jessie (Jodie Whittaker), shakes things up for the two old friends. Ian has no patience with the young woman, but Maurice finds her enchanting. He wants to show Jessie the sights and teach her about life, then realizes how little he actually knows.

Academy Award (2006) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2006) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

My Favorite Year (1982)

Peter O'Toole as "Alan Swann"

Fledgling comic Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker) can't believe his luck when his childhood hero, the swashbuckling matinee idol Alan Swann (Peter O'Toole), gets booked to appear on the variety show he writes for. But when Swann arrives, he fails to live up to his silver screen image. Instead, he's a drunken womanizer who suffers from stage fright. Benjy is assigned to look after him before the show, and it's all he can do to keep his former idol from going completely off the rails.

Academy Award (1982) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1982) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Stunt Man (1980)

Peter O'Toole as "Eli Cross"

On the run from the police, Cameron (Steve Railsback) crashes the set of a Hollywood war movie. When he inadvertently causes a stunt man's death, the film's manipulative director, Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole), decides to shelter Cameron from the cops if he steps in as the daredevil's replacement. Though the arrangement seems like a good deal, it soon becomes a perilous position, with the situation only complicated when Cameron falls for the movie's lead actress, Nina Franklin (Barbara Hershey).

Academy Award (1980) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1980) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Ruling Class (1972)

Peter O'Toole as "Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney"

When the Earl of Gurney (Harry Andrews) dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack (Peter O'Toole), inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is mentally unfit to own the estate, the Gurney family plots to steal Jack's inheritance. As their outrageous schemes fail, the family strives to cure Jack of his bizarre behavior, with disastrous results.

Academy Award (1972) Nominated Best Actor

Man of La Mancha (1972)

Peter O'Toole as "Don Quixote de La Mancha/Miguel de Cervantes/Alonso Quijana"

In the volatile days of the Spanish Inquisition, the writer Miguel de Cervantes (Peter O'Toole) and his manservant (James Coco) make livings as tax collectors but soon find themselves imprisoned after being accused of crimes against the church. Now facing the wrath of their fellow inmates, Cervantes must persuade the unruly bunch not to burn his prized manuscript -- by performing it for them. With the help of a prostitute (Sophia Loren), they begin the tale of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Golden Globe (1972) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

Peter O'Toole as "Arthur Chipping"

Stuffy young Latin instructor Arthur Chipping (Peter O'Toole) is widely disliked by his young charges at a small public school in Great Britain in the 1920s, until he finds his life turned around by charming music hall singer and comedienne Katherine Bridges (Petula Clark). Though her lower-class past impedes Chipping's longed-for rise to headmaster, the students become devoted to her good-hearted warmth, which also helps transform the once-despised "Chips" into a beloved school figure.

Academy Award (1969) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1969) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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