Icon: Peter O’Toole
Peter O’Toole deserves that drink.
He’s ridden camels. Tilted at windmills. Been king. Tutored an unruly child-emperor. Played an elderly Casanova. The list goes on and on.
All while maintaining a haphazardly dapper visage.
The star of Lawrence of Arabia (and about 70 other movies in the exactly 50 years since), O’Toole’s has had a career that most actors would kill for. And he’s won some awards along the way. But infuriatingly, despite his best efforts, never an Oscar.
So, both as a consolation and because it’s well overdue, we’re bestowing upon him our highest honor: Kempt Icon. Here’s why…
He was born in either Connemara, Ireland, or Leeds, England—he has birth certificates from both and no early-life recollection of either, but there’s no question what founded his fondness for a good tweed.
And as an eight-time Oscar-nominated non-winner, O’Toole has always been a strong contender in black tie, with an attitude to boot.
Of course, he’s had moments to keep things more casual. Though for O’Toole, casual has never precluded a healthy dose of layering. Or an ascot.
Well, actually, nothing has ever really precluded an ascot for the guy.
Despite that, or more likely as a result of it, O’Toole has gained our respect. Well, that and the time he declined a knighthood.
Like a boss.
- — Stephen Praetorius