'Lawrence of Arabia' Star Peter O'Toole Dies

British actor Peter O'Toole, who shot to instant stardom as "Lawrence of Arabia" and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81.
 
O'Toole's agent said the actor died Saturday at a London hospital following a long illness.

Peter OToole is seen at the 2003 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. /AP Peter O'Toole is seen at the 2003 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. /AP

He got his first Oscar nomination for David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, his last for Venus in 2006. With that he set the record for most nominations without ever winning, though he had accepted an honorary Oscar in 2003.
 
One of his Oscar nominations was for the film Beckett with fellow British star Richard Burton, who was also nominated. Both men confessed to having been drunk throughout the filming.

VOA News / Dec. 16, 2013 08:21 KST