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Actor Peter O'Toole Dies At 81

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Actor Peter O'Toole, whose celebrated career included a turn on Broadway as Professor Higgins in the 1987 production of "Pygmalion," died Sunday at the age of 81.

O'Toole died Saturday in a London hospital, according to his agent.

He rocketed to stardom in 1962 after his portrayal of the title character in the epic "Lawrence of Arabia."

Before tackling Hollywood, O'Toole was an esteemed British stage actor, starring in a critically acclaimed 1955 performance of "Hamlet" at the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol.

O'Toole received eight Oscar nominations in his lifetime, setting a record for most nominations without a win, although he did receive an honorary Oscar in 2003.

His first nod came for "Lawrence of Arabia."

His most recent was in 2006 for the film "Venus," where he portrayed an alcoholic, lecherous stage veteran.

It was a fitting bow for the actor, who was known for his wild behavior off set and for his candor with collaborators and fans alike.

The actor officially announced his retirement last year, possibly related to poor health, which his agent said he had been grappling with for some time. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP