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Peter O’Toole

In one of his best and best-known roles, Peter O’Toole got a big laugh by declaring,

“I’m not an actor! I’m a movie star!”

The honorary Oscar winner passed away at age 81 after a long illness on Saturday at the Wellington Hospital in London, his agent Steve Kenis reports.

O’Toole was one of the most gifted performers of his generation, rising to fame almost with his starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia” and appearing in a variety of screen classics like, “Beckett,” “The Lion in Winter,” “My Favorite Year,” “The Last Emperor” — and cult favorites like, “What’s New Pussycat,” “The Ruling Class,” and “The Stunt Man.”

He was also a larger-than-life personality whose hard drinking, outspoken nature, and romantic escapades were nearly as well known as his movies.

Peter O’Toole leaves behind an ex-wife, Welsh actress Siân Phillips, and three children: daughters Kate and Patricia, and son Lorcan.

RIP Peter O’Toole. One of the most revered actors in the history of film.

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