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‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Peter O’Toole Dies At Age 81

Family Overwhelmed By 'Outpouring Of Real Love
TCM Classic Film Festival Honors Peter O'Toole At A Hand And Footprints Ceremony At Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

TCM Classic Film Festival Honors Peter O’Toole At A Hand And Footprints Ceremony At Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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LONDON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Academy Award nominated Actor Peter O’Toole died Saturday at the age of 81.

O’Toole’s agent Steve Kenis said he died after a long illness.

The charismatic actor was nominated for an Academy Award eight times.  His first nomination was for his breakout role in 1962′s “Lawrence of Arabia,” his last for “Venus” in 2006.

The family was overwhelmed “by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. — In due course there will be a memorial filled with song and good cheer, as he would have wished,” O’Toole’s daughter Kate said in the statement.

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