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'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole is dead at 81

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Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole, best known for his legendary role in the classic 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia, died this weekend at a hospital in London. He was 81.

O'Toole announced his retirement from his 50-year acting career last year, something he later attributed to his failing health. "I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell," he said at the time. The actor had been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor eight times during that period, including for his defining performance as T.E. Lawrence, though he never took home the Oscar. Fans today can recognize his presence in such works as Troy, The Tudors, and even Ratatouille as the gruff food critic Anton Ego.