One of the all-time great actors has sadly passed away. Peter O'Toole, the star of such classic films as Lawrence of Arabia, died on December 14 in London at age 81, according to the New York Times. 

Peter had reportedly been sick for some time, according to his daughter, but his family says that he passed away "peacefully."

"His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time," his daughter says. "Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts." 

Peter had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor eight times in his career, but the award always eluded him, making him the person with the most nominations for an Oscar to never receive one. He received an Academy Honorary Award Oscar in 2003 for his body of work.

Peter is best known for the iconic 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia, in which he starred as the title character. The film itself won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and Peter earned his first Oscar nomination, but he lost the award to Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Peter went on to have a long and illustrious career, in which he mixed comedy with more serious drama. He had been working up until recently, and his more recent films include the 2004 summer blockbuster Troy and the 2007 Disney animated film Ratatouille, in which he voiced Anton Ego. His last Oscar nomination came in 2006 for Venus. 

Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. 

Sources: New York Times, Us Weekly