The superb, craggy-faced character actor Pete Postlethwaite has died in England at age 64 after battling cancer. The Oscar-nominated British performer forged a highly distinguished career from powerful stand-out supporting roles on stage and screen after training as a drama teacher. Reportedly director Steven Spielberg, who cast Postlethwaite in AMISTAD and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, called him “the best actor in the world.”
Postlethwaite garnered international recognition and an Academy Award nomination for his work as Conlon in the 1993 IRA drama IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. A string of notable supporting character roles followed in films including the lawyer Kobayashi in Brian Singer’s crime thriller THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Father Laurence in Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO + JULIET, Danny in BRASSED OFF, and the cunning dinosaur hunter Roland Tembo in THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK. Subsequent appearances in THE SHIPPING NEWS and THE CONSTANT GARDENER were recently capped off by roles in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending INCEPTION and the heist drama THE TOWN. Postlethwaite’s final film work appears in the upcoming rock comedy KILLING BONO opening in the UK this April.
In addition to his several award wins and nominations through his acting career, Postlethwaite was awarded OBE in 2004 for his services to drama in Britain. Pete Postlethwaite is survived by his wife Jacqui, son Will and daughter Lily.
FilmEdge salutes Postlethwaite’s indelible character work which made numerous films all the more memorable and enjoyable for his iconic and riveting presence.