Tributes paid to 'Lawrence of Arabia' star O'Toole

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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:16:38 EST

LONDON (AP) — World leaders, film critics and Hollywood stars have paid tribute to Peter O'Toole, the towering actor known for his burning blue eyes in movies including "Lawrence of Arabia," and for his equally legendary hard-living.

The 81-year-old O'Toole, who died Saturday in London, was nominated a record eight times for an Academy Award without winning.

Britain's prime minister and Ireland's president were among the many expressing condolences. Irish President Michael D. Higgins says O'Toole had been "unsurpassed for the grace he brought to every performance."

Actor Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in several "Harry Potter" films, declared it the end of an era. He told the BBC on Monday: "There won't be any more like that, will there?"

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