If, for whatever reason, you’re not familiar with Peter O’Toole, now is the time to rectify that situation. O’Toole’s most famous film, Lawrence of Arabia, is about to be re-released in the UK, and who could ask for a better reason to look back at the star’s filmography?
To catch you up: O’Toole is considered one of the best British actors of all time, with amazing performances on stage and screen. Between the 1960’s and 2000’s, he racked up a total eight Oscar nominations and zero wins — yes, that is a record. He did receive an honorary award in 2003, but he still holds the title of the most nominated actor with no wins.
The reason behind that might be his behind-the-scenes persona: he was a total lush and an infamous hot mess. But even that doesn’t get in the way of raw talent, which O’Toole definitely possessed. So let’s take a look back at his five best performances over a five-decade long career.
But first! The honourable mentions: The Ruling Class, Goodbye Mr. Chips and Ratatouille (yes I’m serious. Don’t @ me).