Seamus Peter O'Toole was born Aug.
2, 1932, the son of an Irish bookie. After a youthful stint in newspaper work
in Yorkshire and serving in the military, O'Toole received a scholarship after
auditioning for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
went to the Bristol Old Vic, receiving acclaim for his "Hamlet" in
1955, and a performance in 1959 at London's Royal Court Theatre in "The
Long and The Short and The Tall."
had parts in a few films in the early 1960s, including "Kidnapped"
and "The Night They Robbed the Bank of England," O'Toole's career
changed forever after he was selected to star as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's
epic, "Lawrence of Arabia."