PETER O’TOOLE plays RELIC, an alcoholic recruiting agent who teaches English to the kid, Little Tiger, and tries to dissuade him from his dream of going across the ocean to build a railroad.
One of the most honored actors of his generation, O’Toole almost turned down, then agreed to accept an Honorary Oscar for a film career that spans fifty years and includes seven Academy Award nominations.
Born in Ireland and raised in Yorkshire, England, O’Toole began his professional life as a journalist but soon discovered a love for the theatre, which led to his stage debut at age 17.
In 1962, he was chosen to play T.E. Lawrence in the David Lean epic Lawrence of Arabia. With his extraordinary talent and piercing blue eyes, O’Toole became an international superstar. He followed this triumph with Beckett and Lord Jim.
O’Toole received Oscar nominations for his work in Lawrence of Arabia and Beckett. He was nominated for The Lion in Winter opposite Katherine Hepburn, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, and the hilarious My Favorite Year. Other career highlights include Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, shot in China twenty years ago, Murphy’s War, Man of La Mancha and the mini-series Masada, which earned him his first Emmy nomination. He won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the television movie, Joan of Arc.
He played the aging Trojan King Priam in the epic Troy with Brad Pitt, the decaying old Colonel Blount in Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things and received an Emmy nomination for his role as Hindenberg in the Emmy-winning mini-series Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In 2007, O’Toole was nominated for an Oscar for his role as an aging character actor who falls in love with a much, much younger woman in Venus.