Australian filmmaker Cox remembers the Lawrence of Arabia star as a warm person
Paul Cox has claimed that the Peter O’Toole, who passed away at the age of 81, was a much warmer human being than he showed the world. Director of O’Toole-starrer 1999 movie ‘Molokai: The Story of Father Damien’ said that a lot of people had issues with O’Toole because he was funny, impulsive and extremely intelligent, but he never had any problems with him, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The 73-year-old filmmaker asserted that O’Toole, who had grown wraith-like in his later years because of years of hard drinking, was a very warm and wonderful person. Cox insisted that he got along really well with O’Toole, adding that he was an original and had a strange sentimental streak.
81-year-old Peter O’Toole, best known for his role in Lawrence Of Arabia, died on December 14 in London. The actor spent close to six decades in Hollywood and won Oscar nominations for his roles in Becket (1964), How to Steal a Million (1966), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). Actor Kate O’Toole, his daughter, said that their “family is very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection”. ”In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished,” Kate added. Peter, who suffered from ill health since long, announced his retirement from acting in July 2012.