Saturday, September 24, 2005


Exhibit B: Peter O'Toole, born 1932. Left, in Lawrence of Arabia, 1965. Right, in My Favorite Year, 1982. Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

Tania said...

In all fairness, O'Toole is in fact playing a washed-up drunk former movie star in the still on the right. :)

Campaspe said...

True! (The character was supposedly based on Errol Flynn.) But O'Toole looked quite authentically awful at that point. Some of the early 70s pictures showed bad decay as well. There aren't many mid-to-late 70s pictures because, I guess, he was out tying one on.

ParisLondres said...

Great pics F.

I always enjoy his performance in The Lion in Winter - Katherine Hepburn, P O'T and Anthony Hopkins were fantastic. :)

Tania said...

True, true—that gauntness is no special effect.

Funny how ruining your body either emaciates or bloats a man beyond recognition—no happy medium with ruination!

Patrick said...

O'Toole is a known boozer, but I think he mostly looks old, not dissipated. Hemmings, yikes, that is a cautiounary couple of photos. I always thought two American actors who showed the effects of a hard lived life, and I have no evidence of that except for their looks, were George Peppard (that bloated look later in life), and Doug McClure.

Exiled in NJ said...

Someone, I like to think it was me but I doubt it, always said that as famous men age, their most prominent facial feature launches a coup and takes over the face. The rest of them fades away, so that I recall seeing Astaire in old age. There seemed to be a forehead and little else. Walter Matthau became a nose. I doubt this is a valid theory, but it is something to think about.

surlyh said...

This summer at a convention I was sitting opposite the co-stars of the Buck Rogers TV show. I can't recall her name, but I believe he's Gil Gerard. Anyway, no longer stars, they were both reduced to selling photos and autographs. But while she he had kept up her looks and seemed to accept her fate, he had let himself go and looked bloated and miserable. I've no idea if there was an age difference, but it was quite a contrast.