A hasty but heartfelt tribute to the late, great Peter O'Toole. He was the hero of all my teen-dreams,
His performance in Becket being in my opinion his greatest, his was a dazzling and many angled career, always dogged by (mainly true) stories of his over-the-top off-screen behaviour.
He had a somewhat savage wit, sparkling intellect and a flamboyant turn of phrase.
Anyone who has never seen his performance in The Lion in Winter should grab any chance to do so, and even some of his minor parts were characterised by extraordinary portrayals, for instance his Captain Cat in the filmed version of Under Milk Wood.
Added to all that was his physical beauty, lean and long and blue-eyed, the perfect matinee idol;.
Rest in peace Peter.