Acclaimed Actor Pete Postlethwaite Has Passed Away at Age 64
by Ethan Anderton
January 3, 2011
Unfortunately, we have sad news to kick-off our return to work in 2011 as Reuters has learned that Oscar nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at 64 years old after a long fight with cancer. A PR spokesperson revealed the actor died at a hospital in England while receiving treatment for the cancer he had been struggling with for the past couple years, "He had been unwell off and on for around two years and not worked as frequently as normal during the past year because of the cancer and its side effects." Even so, the actor still appeared in the recent Clash of the Titans remake, The Town and Inception all in 2010.
In addition to his recent work, the actor had gained much respect and acclaim after being nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the 1993 film In the Name of the Father. Other credits include Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Bryan Singer's crime thriller The Usual Suspects and two rounds with Steven Spielberg in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. The iconic director even said Postlethwaite was "probably the best actor in the world today." High praise from a man who has certainly worked with the best of the best onscreen talent.
Though, we've lost a great actor, it looks like we may still see the late actor in one more film as IMDb lists him as a star of Killing Bono, the story of author Neil McCormick's feverish 10-year quest to emulate the success of super-group U2, including frontman Bono (aka Paul Hewson), as they rose to fame. I'm sure his last performance will be just as great as his finest work. Rest in peace, sir.