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 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

It seems inappropriate to say 'Rest in Peace' to one who so relished life. Mayhap in the next life he'll find an infinity of activity:

No wonder the UK has been tossed by heavy storms this weekend. All the greats are leaving.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I have no words for this, except to quote McAullife - "Nuts"

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

A shame to be sure, I really rather liked him.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

He was a favorite of mine. His performances always commanded my attention. He was an actor and a movie star. Very much a unique talent. RIP.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Another one of the greats is gone! I was 10 when I saw LAWRENCE OF ARABIA during its first theatrical run. I'll never forget those piercing blue eyes and wondering if they were really that blue.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Guy   (Member)

Time to listen to some Jarre, Barry and Williams to evoke some of O'Toole's classic films.

Another classic gone. RIP

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

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





Which HE did - most memorably.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Terrible news. What a legend he was. frown

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

All the greats are leaving.

Eventually, they have to. The question is: Will today's 20-something actors also be legends 50 years from now ... ?

At least, it seems he was working until the very end:

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Wm: Re: It seems inappropriate to say 'Rest in Peace' to one who so relished life. Mayhap in the next life he'll find an infinity of activity:

No wonder the UK has been tossed by heavy storms this weekend. All the greats are leaving.

I went to that link and enjoyed what they wrote, and left the following comment:

It was highway robbery when O'Toole DIDN'T win the Oscar for playing Henry II in "The Lion In Winter." And I also fondly remember him as the mad Nazi general in "Night of the Generals." Plus there's, of course, "Lawrence of Arabia." Splendid actor who led a raucous and perhaps sometimes self-destructive life. He'll be missed.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Another memorable performance, in an un-memorable director's most memorable film.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

One of my favorite comedies. O'Toole will be sorely missed.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)


That is soooooooooooooooooooo good! Just love the camel!

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Sad news. My mum remembers him being in a group of kids who she used to play with in the back streets of Leeds in the 30s, although she's a couple of years older than him.


 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

One of my favorite comedies. O'Toole will be sorely missed.

This is what I'm talking about. If only we could get the score released.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

O'Toole's first feature film appearance was in this 1960 Disney film, who's only American cast member was James MacArthur. O'Toole first came to the attention of audiences in the theater version of "The Long and the Short and the Tall," which opened in London on 7 January 1959. That performance brought O’Toole many film offers; the first he accepted was KIDNAPPED. While discussing a different film with Disney director Robert Stevenson, O’Toole heard that Stevenson needed a bagpiper for KIDNAPPED and informed the director of his talents, thus winning the role. O’Toole helped Peter Finch, who had never played the instrument before, rehearse for their “dueling bagpipes” scene.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Although O'Toole appeared in this 1960 film, his voice was dubbed by an unnamed American actor throughout the film.

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Ahhhhhhhhh … Yoko Tani … remember her??? She was Shirley MacLaine's geisha instructor in "My Geisha."

Date of Birth 2 August 1928, Paris, France
Date of Death 3 July 1999, Paris, France (cancer)
Birth Name Yoko Itani

Diminutive, graceful, porcelain pretty Japanese actress Yoko Tani was born and raised in France and was making a living as a Parisienne dancer when opportunities for film came her way in the mid-1950s. Appearing in a number of minor Eurasian parts in such French films as Women Without Shame (1954) [Nights of Shame], Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954) [Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves], and Mannequins of Paris (1956) [Mannequins of Paris], she was also featured in a couple of Japanese productions before branching out internationally.

The cameras displayed a lovely, quiet beauty in the 1950s and she was absolutely beguiling opposite Dirk Bogarde in the "Sayonara"-like WW2 film The Wind Cannot Read (1958) with Bogarde portraying a British POW in a Japanese camp who flees in order to locate his ill wife [Ms. Tani] who initially was his language teacher. She also was quite appealing in another film that dealt with turbulent ethnic themes. The Italian/French/British co-production of The Savage Innocents (1960) co-starred Tani as the wife of Eskimo Anthony Quinn in a culture clash between Eskimos and Canadians that leads to murder. While fetching to the eye, the actress was rather modest in talent and was soon relegated to "B" and "C" level movies. In the 1960s she became a customary player of meek princess-in-distress types in such costumed adventures as Marco Polo (1962), Maciste at the Court of the Great Khan (1961) [Maciste at the Court of the Great Khan] and Tartar Invasion (1961) [The Tartar Invasion], which co-starred her one-time husband, French actor Roland Lesaffre.

She was under-utilized in Hollywood as well in her few attempts. Minor supporting roles in My Geisha (1962) and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) left her deep in the shadows of leading ladies Shirley MacLaine and Elizabeth Montgomery, respectively. Left to playing a dribbling of femme leads in such lowgrade spy intrigue and sci-fi, she was little seen after the late 1960s. In later years she enjoyed painting and was devoted to her religion and her dog that she named "Toto". Yoko Tani died in her native Paris of cancer at the age of 67.

*IMDb Mini Biography By Gary Brumburgh /

 Posted:   Dec 15, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

O'Toole's first major role in a feature was in this 1960 British production. The London newspaper the Evening News commented on his performance: "It happened again this week--that magical moment in the critic's routine when a magnetic spark seems to come out of the screen and he knows that he is seeing the birth of a great star....I have an idea that Peter O'Toole is going to blaze a fiery trail over our screens that will make some other reigning satellites look stale."

After David Lean saw the film at its London premiere, he called O'Toole and asked him to test for the title role in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

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