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I saw a man killed in front of my eyes just before my eighth birthday.

I saw a man killed in front of my eyes just before my eighth birthday.

The only thing I've ever been interested in teaching anyone in life is cricket.

The only thing I've ever been interested in teaching anyone in life is cricket.

Acting is just being a man. Being human. Not forcing it.

Acting is just being a man. Being human. Not forcing it.

My favorite food from my homeland is Guinness. My second choice in Guinness. My third choice - would have to be Guinness. ---->>>

For me, life has either been a wake or a wedding.

For me, life has either been a wake or a wedding.

My dear sir, it haunted me for the rest of my life. ---->>>

The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise. ---->>>

I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. ---->>>

If you can't do something willingly and joyfully, then don't do it. ---->>>

I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.

I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.

I know nothing at all about women. They are an amazing, beautiful mystery. ---->>>

Irish women are always carrying water on their heads, and always carrying their husbands home from pubs. Such things are the greatest posture-builders in the world. ---->>>

I'm the most gregarious of men and love good company, but never less alone when alone. ---->>>

Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can't sit down to write unless I'm dressed. I don't mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed. ---->>>

My plumbing is no one's business but my own. ---->>>

There is a legend. And to protest is daft.

There is a legend. And to protest is daft.

The good parts are the people who don't make do. They're the interesting people. Lear doesn't make do. ---->>>

We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.

We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.

I suggest that an education and reading and facts aren't bad things on which to ponder a few notions. ---->>>

I'm a working stiff, baby, just like everybody else. ---->>>

I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV. ---->>>

No one should ever know where conduct ends and acting begins. Conduct unbecoming. That's what acting is. ---->>>

Pope Paul III was the greatest thief in the history of the church. ---->>>

I can't stand light. I hate weather. ---->>>

I love working with young people which to me is a big kick. ---->>>

Actors have to stay optimistic. The moment we start thinking otherwise, we're dead. ---->>>

All the minor sports injuries you acquire over the years begin to multiply like flies when you get over 70. ---->>>

I can now tell from the envelope whether or not it is a good script. ---->>>

No one ever watched competitive swimming.

No one ever watched competitive swimming.

A few years back I was asked if I would go and meet a director and his various acolytes, and it occurred to me halfway through the meeting that what I was doing was auditioning. And I thought, 'Well, hang on buddy. I've done half a century of this.' ---->>>

Always a bridesmaid never a bride my foot! ---->>>

We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition. ---->>>

It's very inconvenient because every time I finish, let's say, a chapter of a book, I think I'm going to ring Richard and then realize: Oh, Christ, I've buried him. I buried him last year. ---->>>

My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits. ---->>>

Films were never in my budget. Didn't occur to me till much later. I hoped for a long, good life, which I've had and I'm having as an actor. I didn't expect the rest. ---->>>

I put steam on the table by being an actor. That is how I live. The longer I live, the more expensive it becomes. So I do my work. And I can't be immensely picky. How many beautiful scripts come in one's lifetime? I have had more than anybody, practically. ---->>>

If I'd known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. ---->>>

It's my job, it's what I do, it's what I'm on earth to do and it's who I am. ---->>>

Life turned out much better than I thought. I knew after a little while that I could act. ---->>>

The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead. ---->>>

I have no memories I'm prepared to share with you. ---->>>

It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back. ---->>>

No one can take Jesus away from me. There's no doubt there was a historical figure of tremendous importance, with enormous notions. Such as peace. ---->>>

I'm not from the working class. I'm from the criminal class. ---->>>

I've done everything that's possible to be done. ---->>>

There's always a hunger, when you're young, to go from peak to peak and avoid the valleys. ---->>>

When I'm doing theatre, I prefer to be doing cinema. When I'm doing cinema, I prefer to be doing theatre. ---->>>

A rubber neck is a necessary part of equipment. ---->>>

I had a son born to me when I was 50, and I thought, 'He needs someone to bowl to him.' ---->>>

I've played farce on the stage, but I have never played any sort of comedy on the screen. ---->>>

In my day England, Scotland, Wales had 80 drama schools. There are none left. So there's no training, no discipline. ---->>>

Money is always a pressure.

Money is always a pressure.

People talk about the '60s, but they were merely a mass production of what the '50s had begun. ---->>>

I had a pretty hilariously gloomy few years in the '70s. ---->>>

I have unqualified admiration for Brad Pitt. ---->>>

I never found it easy to learn my lines. It was slog, slog, slog. ---->>>

I'm Irish. That means I'm Catholic. But, truth is, now I'm a retired Christian.

I'm Irish. That means I'm Catholic. But, truth is, now I'm a retired Christian.

I've never looked for women. When I was a teenager, perhaps. ---->>>

Public crucifixion is no fun.

Public crucifixion is no fun.

There are only three indispensable things: the audience, the actor and the author. The rest is dross. ---->>>

Where do I begin? I loved working with Kate Hepburn, which was one of the highlights of my life; Working with Richard Burton in Beckett was another great joy. ---->>>

Actors have given up their clout. Now decision making is in the hands of lighting men, designers, bankers, special-effects people. We need to cut that out and just go with the most able trained actors in the business. ---->>>

You know when you've found a part that you want to play. You know it because the part takes you over. It sits in the script waiting for you to play him. ---->>>

I can make the best French toast. ---->>>

I quite like being old. ---->>>

My own favorite is something called Rogue Male. ---->>>

It's a razor's edge, a romance with an old man and a young woman. ---->>>

My dad went at 86. A car killed him. He was crossing the road. ---->>>

My father was a racetrack bookie. ---->>>

It's such a relief for me to sit in front of a tape recorder and not be using it to learn my lines. ---->>>

Omar Sharif and I spent nine months in the desert, day after day for nine months. ---->>>

Right after I left drama school, I had a job. ---->>>

An Oscar is a symbol that is known in every corner of the world. ---->>>

Every three or four years, I'm hot again. ---->>>

I have my very own Oscar now to be with me until death us do part. ---->>>

I love London. ---->>>

I love working with the young. ---->>>

I loved doing My Favorite Year, which was great fun, and The Ruling Class, which I made with all my chums. ---->>>

I take whatever good part comes along. ---->>>

I was apprehensive about bringing off this Homer. ---->>>

I wouldn't mind being a lord. ---->>>

I'm not a French singer. ---->>>

I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star. ---->>>

If I'm not at my study by 10:00, 10:30, forget it, I can't write a word. ---->>>

When I work with young people, I grab energy from them by the handsful. ---->>>

I've stopped acting, but I don't think I've finished using my voice. I could, and probably will, record the whole of Shakespeare's sonnets. They live at the side of my bed and are my constant companions. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Irish
Born: 08-02, 1932
Birthplace: in Conemarra, County Galway, Ireland
Die: 12-14, 2013
Occupation: Actor
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Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British-Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959 (wikipedia)