Q: Author F. X. Toole (whose short story "Rope Burns" was adapted into the Best Picture–winning film Million Dollar Baby) based his pen name in part on which actor? That actor has the record for most Oscar® nominations without a win (eight to be exact).
A: Peter O'Toole
F. X. Toole, a Catholic, based the first part of his pen name on Saint Francis Xavier, and the second on actor Peter O'Toole, who achieved stardom playing the title role in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. O'Toole was nominated for that role and went on to garner seven additional nominations, including one for his performance in the film adaptation of James Hilton's Goodbye, Mr. Chips.