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Pete Postlethwaite RIP
Great actor dies aged 64

03 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: BBC

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2011 has barely begun and already we have lost one of the best-loved British actors to grace the screen. Oscar nominated thesp Pete Postlethwaite has died in hospital at the age of 64 after a long struggle with cancer.

Once described by no lesser director than Steven Spielberg as “the best actor in the world," Postlethwaite was born in Cheshire and originally thought he might become a priest, then a PE teacher. But drama ended up being his first love, which resulted in him teaching the art at Loreto College in Manchester before brushing up on his own skills at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He launched his stage career properly at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, working alongside the likes of Bill Nighy and Julie Walters. He’s also a long-standing veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, having performed many of the Bard’s most challenging works, including an acclaimed turn as King Lear.

Postlethwaite’s screen career kicked off in traditional fashion with guest roles on shows such as Minder, Play for Today and Coronation Street. His first film role was a small part in Ridley Scott’s The Duellists, but it was in the likes of A Private Function and Distant Voices, Still Lives that he really began to shine as a character actor.

Roles in David Fincher’s Alien 3 and Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans helped bring him to Hollywood’s awareness and he scored an Oscar nomination for his performance as Giuseppe Conlon in In The Name of the Father. After appearing in The Usual Suspects, he brought his Shakespeare training to Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet as Father Laurence in 1996. He returned to the UK for Brassed Off and worked twice with Spielberg, on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. Postlethwaite was recognized for his services to drama with an OBE in 2003.

More recently, he’s been seen in Solomon Kane, Clash of the Titans, Inception and The Town. His final appearance will be in this year’s Killing Bono, scheduled for release on April 1.

His wife and two children survive him, and our thoughts are with them today.


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RE: A good man, a great actor
L: Sphinx Will you shopping eejits KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!! January takes too many good things and people away, not many can tackle a northen Irish accent effortlessly but he was brilliant in most things. He had a humilty and honour that reminded me of my da in many ways. RIP Pete as Awesome in In The Name Of The Father,and so many other movie's would not have been as good without him,but this is the role he should have got an Oscar for.He was a real match to Daniel Day Lewis,you More

Posted by evil bill at 19:33 on 05 January 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Pete Postlethwaite RIP
Big dumb arse me started a topic on this in the actors forum. Very sad to hear this. I remember first seeing him in eart a great movie, despite what everyone else says) and loving his comic timing. His performances last year were brilliant. Was he diagnosed before shooting onrole must have been an odd one for him if so. More

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A good man, a great actor
Will you shopping eejits KNOCK IT OFF!!!!!! January takes too many good things and people away, not many can tackle a northen Irish accent effortlessly but he was brilliant in most things. He had a humilty and honour that reminded me of my da in many ways. RIP Pete More

Posted by Sphinx at 15:50 on 04 January 2011 | Report This Post

He will be greatly missed.
The fact that he managed to appear in Inception, The Town and Killing Bono just shows his dedication to the art. How, even when stricken by cancer, he soldiered on doing what he loved until the very end. He was a true talent and he will be sorely missed by all film lovers. RIP Pete. More

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When the term Best Of British comes up, Pete Postlethwaite was always one of the first actors to come to mind. He truly graced every film he was in. Spielberg referred to him as the world's greatest actor, and he was certainly not too far off the mark. A sad loss to all lovers of quality acting. More

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The guy was awesome in everything he did.  Plus, beat a T-Rex in a fight. Bad News. More

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