Irish-born actor Peter O'Toole displays his cement-covered hands after placing his handprints in cement during hand and footprint ceremonies honoring him at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood April 30, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser
Actor Peter O'Toole, who shot to international fame in the blockbuster movie "Lawrence of Arabia", has died aged 81 in London after a long illness, his agent said on Sunday.
had survived a bout of stomach cancer in the 1970s, died in a London hospital on
Saturday, Steve Kenis, his agent, told Reuters.
O'Toole's striking good
looks and charm sustained him through a stage and film career of more than 50
years that swung wildly between triumph and disaster.
The son of an
Irishman, O'Toole grew up in England. Years of heavy drinking and chain-smoking
took their toll on his health.
"Peter O'Toole's family announced today
that very sadly Peter died yesterday, peacefully in hospital. He had been ill
for some time," Kenis said in a statement.
Kate O'Toole, his daughter,
thanked the public for what she described as an outpouring of love and affection
for the late actor.
She asked for her family to be allowed to grieve in
private, saying in the same statement it would organise a memorial service
"filled with song and good cheer" in due course.