O'Toole wasn't just a famous film star, but he was also known for his off screen behavior. O'Toole was a member of the infamous drinking club that consisted of fellow screen legends Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Robert Shaw, and Oliver Reed. There's even a novel about their antics called "Hellraisers." O'Toole was the last surviving member of that clan, probably because he cleaned up his act and got sober. Charlie Sheen referenced them in his "tiger blood" rant a few years ago. But what Peter O'Toole is most famous for is his portrayal of T.E. Lawrence in the masterpiece 'Lawrence of Arabia,' which is one of my favorite films. In my opinion, 'Lawrence of Arabia' is a staple, like milk and bread. I wouldn't say that I'm a huge fan of older movies, but I've at least seen the basic ones, like 'Gone with the Wind,' 'The Wizard of Oz,' '2001: A Space Odyssey,' and 'Lawrence of Arabia.'
I will never forget when I first saw 'Lawrence of Arabia' as a child in the 1980s. 'Lawrence of Arabia' was before my time, so I was consigned to watch this cinematic masterpiece on a small 19" television. Despite the size of the screen (I can only imagine how wonderful it was to see on the big screen), I was mesmerized with Peter O'Toole, lost in his magnificent blue eyes. That feeling of awe of Peter O'Toole has never left me. In whatever film I see him in (some good and some not so good i.e. "Supergirl"), I'm still in awe of him. Peter O'Toole is what I would consider to be a movie star. As my Grandma says, "they don't make 'em like that anymore." No Grandma, they really don't.