PETER O TOOLE announced he’s retiring from acting, just weeks before his 80th birthday. I’ve been a fan of the man since I was a kid.
My parents loved the film LAWRENCE OF ARABIA so I had seen bits and pieces of the Oscar winning epic when they would watch it on network television. It wasn’t until I was a teenager, however , that I learned to truly appreciate Peter O’Toole in two of my favorite films he starred in THE STUNT MAN (1980) and MY FAVORITE YEAR (1982).
Both of these films were behind the scenes show business stories, one about movies, and one about live television back in the 1950’s. Peter was nominated for multiple awards for BOTH films, and they are only two of the films I’ve loved him in out of many.
THE STUNT MAN feature O’Toole as Eli Cross, a controlling film director who ends up helping a fugitive on the run by having him replace a dead stunt man. Very entertaining performance from O’Toole and an interesting (if at times a little unrealistic) look at how complicated it can be on a movie set. Peter was nominated for an Oscar (He’s been nominated for EIGHT)
MY FAVORITE YEAR features a hilarious turn by Peter O’Toole as famous swashbuckling film actor Alan Swann who’s lined up to guest star on a live television comedy/variety show. The problem is, he drinks…a lot. Lots of slapstick and good one liners in this one..which brought O’Toole back in the spotlight. He was AGAIN nominated for an Oscar..but did not win.
At the link check out a list of what most consider his ten best roles…I agree. Also keep in mind he was working in more recent films like RATATOUILLE, and TROY. I kind of hope he still has a few left in him that will call him back.
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