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PETER SEAMUS O’TOOLE
British actor of Irish descent.
Born August 2, 1932 in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.
According to his father – Irish mother – the Scot, theater future actor was in love since childhood. His first role he played in the age of six in the amateur performance: the boy was supposed to feed the ass piece of sugar. O’Toole’s childhood spent in Yorkshire, England. School did not attend to eleven years, because of the war and evacuation. In 1945 he was sent to a Catholic boarding school, where he fled in 1947 after a conflict with the cruel carers-nuns. With 13 years he made his living: he worked as a loader, fotoretusherom, newspaper courier. At the same time he played in amateur dramatic troupes. In the 1951-1953 year, he served in the Navy.
Once on the play “King Lear” at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre with Michael Redgrave in the title role I realized that the theater – it’s his calling.
The debut on stage took place in 1955 in Brighton Theatre.
In the movie, actor first appeared in episodes since 1959 (the first film, “Kidnapped”).
Upon completion in 1960, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Peter O’Toole adopted Stretfordsky Shakespeare Theatre. Audiences and critics especially highlighted an interesting interpretation of the image of Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare performed by O’Toole. In the same role he saw the film director David Lean, who offered to Peter O’Toole central role in his film “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962).
The film brought fame to the actor. Subject crash, the self-destruction of the individual becomes the leading theme of creativity actor in his film roles.
The most significant work in the movie O’Toole considered “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “The Night of the Generals” (1966), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “Stunt Man” (1980).
Actor repeatedly (7 times) was nominated for the award “Oscar”, but received it only in 2003 for the work as a whole.
Up until 1999, Peter O’Toole actively playing in theaters in England, Canada and the United States. He was Artistic Director of English Theatre, particularly since 1980 – has been co-director of London theater “Old Vic”.
He passed away on December 14, 2013 in London.