In his storied career, stage and screen actor Peter O’Toole, who died Saturday at age 81 following a long bout of illness, dynamically pronounced countless memorable characters, from the daring T.E. Lawrence in “Lawrence of Arabia” to amorous Maurice in “Venus.”
He earned four Golden Globes and an Emmy for his work, and holds the record for the most acting Oscar nominations without a win – eight.
However, in 2002 O’Toole was presented the Academy Honorary Award for his entire body of work. In his acceptance speech he joked, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot!”
Here are the late actor’s eight nominations and who he lost to each year:
• T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, 1962. Lost to Gregory Peck, who starred as lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
• King Henry II in Becket, 1964. Rex Harrison, who starred as Professor Henry Higgins, opposite Audrey Hepburn, in My Fair Lady, took home the Oscar.
• King Henry II in The Lion in Winter, 1968. Cliff Robertson won the award for his touching performance in Charly.
• Arthur Chipping in Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1969. Bested by John Wayne, the star of the western True Grit.
• Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in The Ruling Class, 1972. Lost to Marlon Brando, who won for his lead role as mafia patriarch Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
• Eli Cross in The Stunt Man, 1980. Lost to Robert De Niro, who starred as a self-destructive boxer in Raging Bull.
• Alan Swann in My Favorite Year, 1982. Ben Kingsley won the Oscar for playing the famed Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi.
• Maurice in Venus, 2006. Forest Whitaker took the top honor that year for his portrayal of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.