Veteran actor Peter O’Toole passed away on December 14, 2013, at the age of 81. Obituaries are not mentioning a specific cause of death, but his daughter Kate O’Toole has stated that her father had been ill for some time. O’Toole was best-known for his role as Col. T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, which rocketed him to stardom and earned him the first of eight Oscar nominations, though his only win was an honorary Oscar awarded in 2003. O’Toole was known for what he termed “bravura acting,” delivering flamboyant and daring performances that were critical failures as often as they were successes.
Animation fans will recognize O’Toole as the voice of the funereal Anton Ego, the restaurant critic in Pixar’s Ratatouille. Other animation credits include a role in the 1990 animated feature The Nutcracker Prince, which adapted the famous Christmas story; and a series of animated adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories from the early 1980’s, where O’Toole played the title character.