Tributes have been paid tor the acclaimed actor, who died in hospital on Saturday after a long illness aged 81.
O’Toole ,who starred in 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia, grew up in Leeds and left school to join the Yorkshire Evening Post as a photographic assistant.
But in an obituary story published today, the paper reveals he was told by the editor after five years: “You’ll never make a reporter – try something else.”
After a spell of National Service in the Royal Navy, O’Toole went on to study at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became a well-known actor.
He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Lawrence of Arabia and received seven further Oscar nominations for his roles in films including Becket, The Lion in Winter and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
O’Toole missed out on the prize each time but in 2003, he received an honorary Oscar and last year he announced that he was retiring from acting.
Following his death, his daughter, actress Kate O’Toole, said: “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.
“Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.”
Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute, saying: “My thoughts are with Peter O’Toole’s family and friends. His performance in my favourite film, Lawrence of Arabia, was stunning.”