O'Toole was born on August 2, 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland to Constance Jane Eliot (née Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and to Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish football player. O'Toole was raised as an Irish catholic. O'Toole was raised in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England and stayed there until he was forced out due to World War II. O'Toole was educated to become an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1952 until 1954.
O'Toole's career began in 1954 on stage and his movie career began in 1960 in the movie Kidnapped as Robin MacGregor. But his fame came when he played T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia and became one of the most famous actors during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1972 O'Toole played both Miguel de Cervantes and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. During the 1980s O'Toole has in Caligula as Tiberius. O'Toole has also played King Priam in the 2004 film Troy. His most recent movie role was food critic Anton Ego in 2007 Disney-Pixar movie Ratatouille. On July 10, 2012 O'Toole had released a statement that he will be retiring.
O'Toole has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and holds the record of having the most nominations for an Academy Award. He has won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, and an Emmy Award. In 2003 O'Toole has received an Honorary Academy Award.
O'Toole was married to Siân Phillips from 1959 until they divorced in 1979. O'Toole has three children; two with Phillips (Kate and Patricia) and one by his girlfriend Karen Brown (Lorcan Patrick O'Toole). O'Toole currently lives in London, England. He was lifelong friends with Irish actor Richard Harris until Harris' death in 2002.
- "Peter O'Toole (Irish actor) - Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Britannica.com. 1932-08-02. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/434767/Peter-OToole. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
- Peter O'Toole at the Internet Movie Database
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