RIP Peter O’Toole, Actor, Movie Star and All-Around Hero


I was lucky enough to attend the TCM Film Festival in 2011, where Peter O’Toole was the honored guest. I saw him introduce Beckett and sat so close to him that I could see the color of his socks. My friend Kristen and I also saw him talk with Robert Osborne for an hour and it was magical. He also received his handprints (pictured above) and I was covering that as press and got a prime spot. He was every inch the gentlemen during that weekend and I am so grateful that I got to have that time with him (even if it wasn’t really with him). He lit up the screen and he truly was an actor *and* a movie star. That he never won a competitive Oscar is one of the biggest travesties in film history. When asked by Osbourne about this, he said he really did want to win one and he wasn’t dead yet. I guess it’s too late now, but we all know he should have won it several times over. He will go down in both film history, as well as human history, as one of the great entertainers of all time. We were lucky he shared his talents with us and he will be sorely missed. But at least he’s reunited with his pals Burton and Taylor and Harris and Reed. They can raise hell on higher level now.

About Marya E. Gates

Cinephile to the max.

Posted on December 15, 2013, in Classic Film and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nancy North-Gates

    I saved that TCM interview on my DVR -he was so charming and talented..

  2. I will miss this man,he is my hero without his electrifying performance of Lawrence of Arabia. I would not be here today writing and talking about film. I wish I could give him a hug and thank him 😦

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