Hollywood Mourns After Film Legend’s Death

LONDON (December 16, 2013) Hollywood is mourning after Peter O’Toole, one of the most magnetic, charismatic and entertaining British actors in film history, died Saturday at the age of 81.

O’Toole died at the private Wellington Hospital in London after a long bout of illness, his agent said.

O'Toole was known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery.

He was nominated a record eight times for an Academy Award without taking home a single award.

O'Toole, who began his acting career as one of the most exciting young talents on the British stage, got his first Oscar nomination for 1962's "Lawrence of Arabia" his last for "Venus" in 2006.

However, in 2002 O'Toole was presented the Academy Honorary Award for his entire body of work.

In his acceptance speech he joked, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot!"

A reformed, but unrepentant, hell-raiser, O'Toole long suffered from ill health.

Two other prominent film figures have died in recent days, as well.

Actress Joan Fontaine died Saturday in California.

She won an Academy Award for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Suspicion."

Fontaine was 96.

And actor Tom Laughlin, who wrote and starred in the low-budget independent film "Billy Jack," died Thursday in California.

He was 82.

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