Celebs Share Their Memories of Peter O'Toole, Dead at 81

The actor was nominated for eight Academy Awards and has left a lasting impression on Hollywood

A true Hollywood legend, Peter O'Toole, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Best known for playing the title role in Lawrence of Arabia, O'Toole was nominated for eight Academy Awards between 1962 and 2006. When he was awarded an honorary Oscar at the age of 70, he nearly declined it, telling the Academy, "I am still in the game and might win the bugger outright." And stay in the game he did: His final performance, in Katherine of Alexandria, comes out this year.

In his personal life, O'Toole was known as a spitfire. He was charming, witty, brash, opinionated -- and, up until the 1970s, a very heavy drinker. To his credit, O'Toole managed to get himself sober, and he's remembered very fondly by the many stars he worked with over the years.

This clip, posted on Twitter by Martha Plimpton, among others, shows just how funny and magnetic the actor could be, even in his twilight years.



Below, a few of the many Twitter tributes from Hollywood stars to the late, great Peter O'Toole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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