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AP PHOTOS: Peter O'Toole dies at 81

Monday - 12/16/2013, 1:04pm  ET

FILE - This 1965 file photo released by 20th Century Fox shows actor Peter O'Toole in a scene from "How to Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After." O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81. O'Toole's agent Steve Kenis says the actor died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at a hospital following a long illness. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century-Fox)

The Associated Press

Peter O'Toole's big break came in David Lean's blockbuster epic "Lawrence of Arabia" which launched his rise to global stardom.

After a career that spanned over 60 years and dozens of films, the actor with piercing blue eyes retired last year. He won four Golden Globes and an Emmy and received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinctive body of work.

O'Toole died Saturday in London at age 81.

Here's a look at his career through the years:

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