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December 16, 2013 | By David Ng
Peter O'Toole, like a number of British movie stars of his generation, never left his stage career behind him. The theater was stubbornly ingrained in his actorly craft and he continued to perform on stage well into the later half of his life.  O'Toole, who died Saturday at 81 in London, was such a lover of Shakespeare that he once confessed to carrying around a book of the Bard's sonnets wherever he went. In his two-volume autobiography "Loitering With Intent," the actor provides an in-depth account of his stage training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and his fascination with the 19th century British stage actor Edmund Kean.
December 16, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was there ever an actor who aged more gracefully, more beautifully than Peter O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81? I know the conventional wisdom is otherwise, insisting that, physically at least, O'Toole bore the ravages of a hard-lived life. I said as much myself writing about 2006's "Venus," noting that it was "wrenching" to see his character "sitting on his bed, rumpled and fragile and without the will to get up until he slaps himself hard and says, 'Come on, old man.'" That performance earned O'Toole his eighth Oscar nomination, the most for any nonwinning actor.
December 16, 2013 | Dennis McLellan
He was tall, lean and handsome, with vivid blue eyes and a distinctive voice that film critic David Thomson once likened to "a rapier that has been used to stir the cream. " Peter O'Toole, who donned flowing white robes and rode a camel to movie stardom in David Lean's epic 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia," received the first of his eight Academy Award nominations for best actor for playing T.E. Lawrence, the enigmatic British Army officer who fought with Arab tribes during the 1916-18 Arab revolt against Turkish imperial rule.
December 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Peter O'Toole, the legendary star of stage and screen who shot to stardom with his performance as T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic film "Lawrence of Arabia," died Saturday at age 81. The charismatic actor had a career that spanned more than half a century and included eight Academy Award nominations and an honorary Oscar in 2003. So many of his performances moved viewers to laughter and tears. Here are just five that we won't soon forget. "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962). This epic ranks No. 7 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest films of all time.
December 15, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Actor Peter O'Toole, the swashbuckling star who received eight Academy Award nominations over a distinguished film career, died Saturday in London, his agent, Steve Kenis, said in an email to The Times. O'Toole was 81. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed. O'Toole's career spanned more than 50 years, reaching worldwide fame in the 1962 David Lean epic “Lawrence of Arabia.” He received his final Oscar nomination for lead actor in 2007 for “Venus,” a bittersweet British drama about an elderly London actor.
December 12, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Here's how director Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor") and art director Tom Duffield bonded professionally: They got kidnapped. The duo, who would go on to work together on three films (including the upcoming "Lone Survivor"), were scouting locations in the Brazilian rain forest for Berg's 2003 film, "The Rundown," and were held for several hours by three armed men who were trying to figure out how to ransom them. "Going through an experience like that and coming out the other side, a real relationship of trust is formed," says Berg.
December 12, 2013 | By Peter Morgan
I should declare I have never been a fan of motor racing. I don't watch Formula One, the intricacies of engine refinement and lap times leave me cold, I don't even drive fast. So how come "Rush" ended up being an unusually personal screenplay to me? The answer is that the two racers at the heart of the story, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, represent in some way two halves of me. I was born the son of immigrant Germans and was brought up in the UK, teased as "a Kraut. " Jump forward 20 years, and I married an Austrian and live in Vienna, where now I am known as "a Brit.
December 7, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
These days it seems as though every time I turn around there's another installment of the Peter Pan story. Next stop for that flighty green-garbed spotlight-chaser: his own reality TV series, "The Real Lost Boys of Neverland," followed by a special edition of "Celebrity Rehab" for perennial pubescents. In the meantime, there's "Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Ahmanson Theatre to satisfy our co-dependent need for the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Try as I did to resist this touring Broadway production - story theater for adults about a character as overexposed as Kim Kardashian?
December 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian has hired Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and confirmed the hiring of Husky assistants Johnny Nansen and Keith Heyward. Sarkisian previously confirmed that receivers coach Tee Martin would be retained. "I'm fired up to have Johnny, Keith and Peter join the staff, as well as keeping Tee on board," Sarkisian said in a statement. "We're on the right path in putting together one of the best coaching staffs in America. " Sarkisian will not designate titles and responsibilities until he has completed his staff.
December 6, 2013
Peter Graf Father of tennis great was jailed for tax fraud Peter Graf, 75, who mentored his daughter, tennis great Steffi Graf, but then went to jail for evading taxes on her earnings, died Nov. 30 at his home in Mannheim, Germany, his family said. German media reported last year that he had pancreatic cancer. Graf, who sold used cars and had other businesses, placed a sawed-off tennis racket in his daughter's hand before she was 4 years old, rewarding her with ice cream when she was able to sustain long rallies on an improvised tennis court in the family living room.
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