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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.
1of the Actors I have admired & never got 2meet Peter O' Toole has passed away & got 2 say R.I.P. You were a hell of an actor.— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 15, 2013
Absolutely. I'll raise two. I feel like he'd want that. RT @edgarwright Raise a glass for the legendary Peter O'Toole. What a star.— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) December 15, 2013
"I can't stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another." Safe travels, Peter O'Toole.— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) December 15, 2013
So sad to hear about Peter O’Toole passing away. Lucky to have worked with him for a month in Prague. Wonderful man, remarkable talent.— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 15, 2013
RIP Peter O'Toole. Original, hard drinking, classic, actor's actor. The piercing blue eyes of Lawrence of Arabia will never fade. #Cheers— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) December 15, 2013
When I did RATATOUILLE, the animators were SALIVATING at the prospect of rendering Peter O'Toole's read of "POP-u-lar." #RIPPeterOToole— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2013
Oh what terrible news. Farewell Peter O’Toole. I had the honour of directing him in a scene. Monster, scholar, lover of life, genius …— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 15, 2013
Sad to read about passing of acting great Peter O'Toole. Eight Oscar nominations highlight what a talent he was. RIP.— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 15, 2013