Oscar Roles: O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Peter O'Toole Vs. Marlon Brando

In 1962, Brando turned down the title role in David Lean's epic, Lawrence of Arabia, which went to a then unknown British actor, Peter O'Toole.

Though physically wrong for the role (and forced to undergo plastic surgery before shooting began), O'Toole became an international star overnight, receiving for this part the first of his seven Best Actor nominations.