Peter Seamus O'Toole (August 2, 1932 - December 14, 2013) A leading man of prodigious talents, Irish-born, raised in Leeds, England, son of a bookie. He became a newspaper reporter until he discovered the theater and made his stage debut at 17. In 1962, O'Toole was chosen by David Lean to play T.E. Lawrence in Lean's masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The part made O'Toole an international superstar. He remains one of the greatest actors of his generation.