Saturday, August 2, 2008

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His Favorite Year?

Peter O'Toole turns 76 today!

O'Toole is considered one of the greatest actors in the English language, living or dead. It helps that he actually is, as a recent Oscar nomination proved.

Venus was a surprise late contender in 2006. After all, he received an Honorary Oscar in 2002, which usually functions as both a consolation prize and a boot out the door. He wasn't kidding when he said he wasn't done trying. Of course, this meant we also had to watch the hope die from his face as they inevitably announced Forest Whitaker the winner.

Now the younger generation can appreciate him as food critic Anton Ego in Pixar's Ratatouille. Which rocked. O'Toole received his first Hollmann Award Nomination for his superior voice-over work, though he lost that one, too.

Peter is not one to get discouraged. He'll be appearing in the next season of Showtime's The Tudors as Pope Paul III, which means I need to start watching The Tudors, which drives me crazy because I tire Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The man has SIX MOVIES in the works, two of which should be out by the end of the year.

Happy 76th Birthday, Pete. Keep on dancin'.

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