Peter Seamus O’Toole is an eight-time Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. He has received three Golden Globes and an Emmy. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his body of work.
O’Toole’s major break came when he was chosen to play T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia”. His performance introduced him to U.S. audiences and earned him the first of his eight nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. O’Toole is also one of a handful of actors to be nominated for playing the same role in two different films. He played King Henry II in both 1964’s “Becket” and 1968’s “The Lion in Winter”. He also received Academy Award nominations for “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”, “The Ruling Class”, “The Stunt Man”, and “My Favorite Year”. He won an Emmy Award for his role in the 1999 mini-series “Joan of Arc”. In 2004, O’Toole played King Priam in the summer blockbuster “Troy”. He was once again nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Maurice in the 2006 film “Venus”, directed by Roger Michell.