Remembering Peter O'Toole

Irish actor was nominated for 8 Oscars and best remembered for his role as Lawrence of Arabia.
3:00 | 12/16/13

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And finally here tonight, we remember a great star of hollywood's golden age. Peter o'toole who electrified movie audiences as lawrence of arabia. Tall, dashing, exotic, a legend as an actor and his unbridled spirit off screen. Here's abc's jon donvan. Reporter: There are a handful of actors who seem destined never to die. Until this weekend, peter o'toole was in that group. ♪ ♪ part of it having owned an immortal role so young. He was 26 in "lawrence of abe ya. It said he gambled away much of the money he made during breaks in the filming with co-star omar sharif in a casino in beirut. The lion in winter. I could listen to you lie for hours. If I were truly plasterred, could I do this? Reporter: My favorite year. And though he got 8 oscar nominations, not once did he out and out win one. It became easy to caricature his bad boy moves. He was the son of an irish bookie who as a teenager promised himself I will not be a common man. He was deadly serious about the core thing, the acting. Offered an oscar for lifetime achievement, he declined it at first because he really wanted to earn one the old-fashioned way. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Reporter: When he at last gave in and said this -- I have my very own oscar to be with me now until death do us part. Reporter: That sounded like an idle threat because he was one of the ones who would never die. Though he's gone now, in a way that is still true. The singular peter o'toole.

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