"If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, don’t do it,” Peter O’Toole once said, and that’s exactly how he lived his life.
Robert Sellers’ Peter O’Toole: The Definitive Biography, just published in the UK, overflows with anecdotes of the legendary actor’s hard-partying lifestyle.
While filming his breakthrough title role in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, he and co-star Omar Sharif raised hell in Beirut. “We misbehaved ourselves appallingly,” said Omar, who admitted to drinking, gambling and even trying to seduce nuns in a convent. Omar was far from his only carousing companion.
Peter in 1962. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Controversial comedian Lenny Bruce and Peter were detained by police in 1962 after coming out of an LA brothel and leaving a bag of pot and uppers in the backseat of a cab. Peter charmed his way out of the arrest, citing his alleged mutual Irish heritage with the cop, despite the fact that the actor was raised in England.
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Peter’s regular drinking buddies were fellow products of the UK, like Irishman Richard Harris (a drama school classmate), British-born Peter Finch and Wales’ Richard Burton.
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