Monday, December 16, 2013

RIP Peter O'Toole

The word "great" is thrown around far too loosely these days, but Peter O'Toole was truly a great actor. It may be due to an availability heuristic, but among all his great performances I am remembering a recent one in a small but wonderful film in which O'Toole was at one brilliant, caustic, hilarious, and very touching. In Dean Spanley, O'Toole portrayed Lord Fisk (Senior), a cynical, somewhat nasty, and emotionally stunted father and, importantly, dog-owner. The performance seemed to contain everything O'Toole had learned during a lifetime of acting.

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