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'Lawrence of Arabia' star O'Toole dead at 81.

Byline: Gregory Katz

LONDON -- Known on the one hand for his starring role in ''Lawrence of Arabia,'' leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting.

O'Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 at the private Wellington Hospital in London after a long bout of illness, was nominated a record eight times for an Academy Award without taking home a single statue.

He was fearsomely handsome, with burning blue eyes and a penchant for hard living which long outlived his decision to give up alcohol. Broadcaster Michael Parkinson told Sky News television it was hard to be too sad about his passing.

''Peter didn't leave much of life unlived, did he?'' he said.

A reformed -- but unrepentant -- hell-raiser, O'Toole long suffered from ill health.
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Author:Katz, Gregory
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