|As Lawrence of Arabia, his breakout role.|
|Sir Laurence Oliver directed him in Hamlet in the 1960s.|
|In the shadow of T.E. Lawrence|
|Later years, the 1980s.|
A feisty Irishman an actor King,
You were in life. Beloved for your art.
You worshiped Shakespeare, did the classics bring
To understanding roles, with a poet's heart.
Your intellect self-schooled, and RADA trained,
Evolved beyond the cares of Corn Flake men.*
You scorned commercial "art." It diminished brains,
And trashed humanity's worth; not of your ken.
Your quality of spirit and your grace,
Were known by family and a loving few.
Your self-destructive threads and sorrowful traits
Revealed. That knowing, you to you stayed true.
Your gracious love shines out in graceful art,
Remembered, lifted up. God's blessed, you, hart.
*Corn Flake men was O'Toole's reference to the corporations taking over funding for films.