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Peter O'Toole
 Roles turned down by Peter O'Toole:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Was considered for the role of the Baron.
Actor who got the part: John Neville

Batman
Peter O'Toole was considered for the role of the Joker.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

The Chase
Turned down the role of "Jake" because he thought the script by Lillian Hellman from a play by Horton Foote was "ghastly."
Actor who got the part: James Fox

Cleopatra (1963)
High on the list of candidates to play Marc Antony.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton

Doctor Zhivago
O'Toole's multi-year contract with producer Sam Spiegel forced him to turn down the lead role in David Lean's epic based on the novel by Boris Pasternack.
Actor who got the part: Omar Sharif

Fahrenheit 451
Among the stars considered for the leading male role in Francois Truffaut's movie version of Ray Bradbury's great novel.
Actor who got the part: Oskar Werner

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Considered to replace close friend Sir Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore but politely refused.
Actor who got the part: Michael Gambon

A Man for All Seasons
O'Toole was the studio's first choice to play Henry VIII.
Actor who got the part: Robert Shaw

The Man Who Fell to Earth
The leading role in the great sci-fi film was intended for O'Toole.
Actor who got the part: David Bowie

The Man Who Would Be King
John Huston's "pet" adventure project nearly got off the ground with O'Toole, but it was not to be.
Actor who got the part: Michael Caine

Marnie
Alfred Hitchcock considered the handsome young star for the romantic leading male role in his psychological thriller-love story. The director generally preferred leading men with dark hair to contrast with his famous elegant blondes.
Actor who got the part: Sean Connery

Nicholas and Alexandra
O'Toole was reportedly offered the role of Rasputin.
Actor who got the part: Tom Baker

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Director Billy Wilder had O'Toole in mind to play Holmes, but decided instead to cast a lesser-known, less costly actor.
Actor who got the part: Robert Stephens

Ryan's Daughter
O'Toole was considered for a role.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Author Ray Bradbury had O'Toole at the top of his wish list to play "Mr. Dark."
Actor who got the part: Jonathan Price






Did you know that Peter O'Toole was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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