He is one of the old school greats!

O’Toole to Get Honorary Academy Award
LOS ANGELES – Peter O’Toole, nominated seven times for an Oscar for films as diverse as the epic “Lawrence of Arabia” and the nostalgic comedy “My Favorite Year,” will receive an honorary Academy Award this year.
“O’Toole’s performances have ignited the screen for more than four decades,” Frank Pierson, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Friday in announcing the award.
It will be presented during the 75th annual Oscars ceremony March 23 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Its citation will read: “Peter O’Toole √≥ whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.”
O’Toole, 70, made his stage debut at 17 before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his film debut 10 years later with a bit part in the 1959 film “The Savage Innocents.”
The Irish-born actor shot to international fame three years later, portraying legendary British adventurer T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s landmark film “Lawrence of Arabia.” The performance brought him the first of his seven best actor Oscar nominations.
The others were for “Becket” (1964), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969), “The Ruling Class” (1972), “The Stunt Man” (1980) and “My Favorite Year” (1982).
“He’s seven times been nominated as best actor, which puts him in extremely rarified air for a performer,” Pierson said. “The Board of Governors felt it was time for him to hold his own Oscar in his hands.”