Monday, January 3, 2011

Pete Postlethwaite Has Died

The English actor Pete Postlethwaite has died, apparently after a long battle with cancer (Sunday, January 2, 2010). The 64-year-old actor earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in the 1993 film, In the Name of the Father.

Postlethwaite began his career on the stage at the age of 24 after leaving his profession as a teacher. Steven Spielberg once called him, “probably the best actor in the world;” Postlethwaite appeared in two 1997 Spielberg films, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. Over the years, he has appeared in such films as Alien 3 (1992) and The Usual Suspects (1995). He appeared in three movies released in 2010: Clash of the Titans, Inception, and The Town.

Postlethwaite was born in February 1946 in Lancashire, England. He leaves behind a wife and two children. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004.

Postlethwaite was a favorite actor of mine, and I'd like to recommend a film of his, Brassed Off (1996).  I am shocked and saddened at the news of his passing. His family and friends are in my prayers.  Gregory Katz of the Associated Press wrote this nice obit about Postlethwaite.

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