Actor Peter O ‘Toole has died aged 81 following a long illness.
His death has been confirmed by his agent Steve Kenis who said he died yesterday, it is understood that Peter had been suffering from stomach cancer.
Mr O’Toole rose to fame 50 years ago in the title role of Lawrence Of Arabia, which earned seven Oscars, including best picture and director for David Lean.
He was nominated for eight Academy Awards but never won.
Peter received Oscar nominations for 1964’s Becket, 1968’s The Lion In Winter, 1969’s Goodbye, Mr Chips, 1972’s The Ruling Class, 1980’s The Stunt Man and 1982’s My Favourite Year.
Actor Peter O Toole has died aged 81
There have been many tributes to the actor including President Michael D Higgins who said, “Ireland, and the world, has lost one of the giants of film and theatre.
“I was privileged to know him as a friend since 1969 … all of us who knew him in the West will miss his warm humour and generous friendship.”
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne paid tribute to Mr O’Toole describing him as “one of the most elegant, graceful and charismatic actors of all time”.
Mr O’Toole’s daughter, actress Kate O’Toole, said: “His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”