Peter O’Toole: ‘No one can take Jesus away from me.’

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Peter O'Toole as T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. (Image via Wikimedia Commons

Peter O'Toole as T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. (Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Peter O'Toole, one of the last century's greatest actors whose roles in films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Lion in Winter" earned him eight Oscar nominations but no wins (a record), died Saturday (Dec. 14) at the age of 81.

  • Perry Bulwer

    “The Ruling Class” is one of the best movies I have ever seen on the subject of religion. It satirically shows the connection between mental illness, delusional religion and politics.

  • Mack Hall

    What pedestrian responses to be attributed to such a great actor.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Peter O’Toole not only played a priest in “For Greater Glory” (that can cover a lot of territory today), but a priest who was martyred by secularists for his faith. His execution was clearly modeled on Mexican Catholic hero Father Miguel Pro.

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  • Larry

    “Secularists” is a cute way of tying in the anti-clerical anti-catholic nature of the Mexican government at the time with modern people who are just annoyed about obnoxious intrusion of sectarianism into the democratic process. Not accurate but it lets you get in your little partisan theocratic digs in where it does not belong.

    Peter O’Toole was an actor who always delivered great performances even when the film itself did not require it. A consummate professional who really knew how to sell wild-eyed enthusiasm without becoming cheesy.

  • Gabrielle

    The “utility” of organized religion? For whom? The self obsession which has rendered our culture so sick? As a Catholic, find O’Toole’s lack of commitment–though of course utterly PC– sad and banal, as I do people who are too lazy to take on the challenges and gifts of getting over their facile stereotypes and being in religious community, which Christ Himself advocated. Taking on those challenges and learning from them–as most people in the world do, though they are considered “underprivileged” from our narrow vantage point — renders great gifts. The narcissism of our culture renders us poor. And religion has zero to do with “utility.” That is so culture-bound and sad. It is about grace.

  • Larry G.

    “I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!” (“My Favorite Year”) Peter O’Toole, RIP.

  • Wendy Rao

    Wow..The FIRST line says it ALL….”Peter O’Toole: “No one can take Jesus away from me.”

  • Erich Zeichner

    to paraphrase, no middlemen, no brokers, whether they be priest, religious hierarchy, doctrinarian, or otherwise, can take Jesus away from me (you can’t take something away over which you have no ownership)……in other words, he grasped an important distinction between organized religion, & what Jesus himself actually taught & made evident, which is that everyone has wholesale access to God if they so desire, there are no legitimate retail outlets as some would have us believe

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