I always thought he was a pretty fun and surprising actor. Lawrence of Arabia – probably his most celebrated film – was a bit before my time. I’d caught it on television over the years but I was finally able to see it on the big screen when it was re-released for its 25th anniversary in 1987, and loved it.
I had the opportunity to create a hedcut of him for The Wall Street Journal back in 2006 for his last Oscar-nominated role in Venus, directed by Roger Michell. His still handsome, “lived-in” facial features made him a wonderful subject to draw.