On December 14, 2013, Peter O'Toole died at the age of 81 at the Wellington Hospital in London after being treated for prolonged health problem. Peter O'Toole was an actor who captivated his fans and friends with similar charm and charisma both on and off screen. We have here compiled a list of his best quotes as a tribute to the late actor.
Peter O'Toole quoted on celebrity status after he did David Lean's 1962 magnum opus "Lawrence of Arabia: "I woke up one morning to find I was famous. Bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum. Nobody took any f---ing notice, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself."
He quoted on freedom, enthusiasm and drinking in public: "I do not regret one drop. We were young people who'd been children throughout the war - well, you can imagine what it felt like in 1945 to be free - not to be bombed, not to be rationed, not to be restricted. There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. We weren't solitary, boring drinkers, sipping vodka alone in a room. No, no, no: we went out on the town, baby, and we did our drinking in public!"
He quoted on being exceptional: "I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony."
He quoted on theatre, acting and show business: "I don't approve of theatre directors... On came a load of children from the university who'd had an enthusiasm for amateur drama. Like these clowns, Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn and all this bunch of clowns. I won't speak to them. When you've earned your living on the stage for 10, 15 years, then come and tell me how to earn mine. Go on the stage and earn your living for a dozen years, and get some humility."
"Acting is just being a man. Being human. Not forcing it. Some make it their entire life. Big mistake. Laurence Olivier fell into that category. He was a tiny, strange, vain f---er."
"If you go to the West End theatres now, it's a graveyard. Lots of musicals, they're cheerful. But the plays? God almighty."
On death, his thought was: "The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead. There was a time when I felt like a perpendicular cuckoo clock, popping up and down in pulpits saying: 'Fear no more the heat o' the sun.' They were dying like flies."
He stated in an interview with Kenneth Tynan for Playboy in 1964 about fear of death; Tynan asked: Are you afraid of dying? O'Toole answered: Petrified. Tynan asked: Why? O'Toole answered: Because there's no future in it. Tynan asked : When did you last think you were about to die? O'Toole: About four o'clock this morning.