August 2, 1932
Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Peter O'Toole's boyhood was spent in Yorkshire where he worked for the Yorkshire Evening News as an
apprentice journalist. He made his professional acitng debut in quite a unique way with The London
Philharmonic Orchestra where he recited Shakespearean text to Mendelssohn's music of "A
Midsummer Night's Dream".
From there Peter O'Toole worked in various theatres over the years, including four years with the Bristol
Old Vic Theatre Company, one year at the Royal Court, one year at Stratford Memorial Theatre
and six months with the National Theatre at the Old Vic. He was also a member of the Abbey
Theatre company, and Artistic Director with the Royal Alexandra Theatre Company in Toronto,
which led to a tour of Canada and America. In 1980 Peter was appointed Associate Director of
the Old Vic.
In 1962 Peter O'Toole was catapulted to international stardom when he was cast in the lead in "Lawrence
of Arabia." Following this success, Peter went on to star in more than sixty roles in film,
television and theatre.
Peter lives in London with his young son and tries to spend as much of his free time playing
and teaching cricket.
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