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R.I.P. Peter O'Toole

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Died aged 81. Great obituary in The Guardian. Although why they have to ask David Cameron for a comment is beyond me. Did he know him? On the other Michael Higgins, President of Ireland knew him well.

'among the first to pay tribute: "Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre."

"In a long list of leading roles on stage and in film, Peter brought an extraordinary standard to bear as an actor," Higgins said. "He had a deep interest in literature and a love of Shakespearean sonnets in particular. While he was nominated as best actor for an Oscar eight times, and received a special Oscar from his peers for his contribution to film, he was deeply committed to the stage. Those who saw him play leading roles on the screen from Lawrence in 1962, or through the role of Henry II in Becket, and The Lion in Winter, or through the dozens of films, will recognise a lifetime devoted to the artform of the camera.

Higgins, who knew O'Toole as a friend since 1969, said "all of us who knew him in the west will miss his warm humour and generous friendship.

"He was unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance on and off the stage," he said.'

Seems like all the hell raisers are departing.

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They don't make film stars like they used to. Big personality and big talent. RIP Peter O'Toole.

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