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The Best Roles of Peter O’Toole, Dead at 81

240-peter-otoole-lawrence-of-arabia-actor-2013-bioLong considered to be one of the most talented film stars ever, Peter O’Toole held what must have been a frustrating distinction. O’Toole, who died on Dec. 14 at age 81 in London, is the performer nominated most often for a best actor Oscar – eight times – without winning.

O’Toole, best known for his role as T.E. Lawrence in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, was passed over so many times that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally decided to give him an honorary Oscar in 2002. The Irish-born actor, who at that point had racked up seven nominations, initially declined the honor, insisting that his career wasn’t yet over. He relented the following year and showed up to accept from Meryl Streep what would be, he joked, “my very own Oscar now to be with me till death do us part.”

Here are the films for which he could – or perhaps should – have won a statue.


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