Acclaimed Actor Pete Postlethwaite Has Passed Away at Age 64

January 3, 2011

Pete Postlethwaite

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.

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  • C.murder
    Huge bummer. Pete was great in everything i've ever seen him in. Truley phenomenal actor who will be greatly missed. I'm really sad about this news. R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite .
  • Jericho
  • adrien
    pity...just saw inception and clash of the titans on dvd last week and recognized him. great actor, sad to hear this.
  • Chazzy
  • Big Boss
    R.I.P. Talented actor, indeed. I'll always remember him as the dinosaur hunter. lol
  • Cruzer
    Yeah just saw The Town and Inception for the first time a couple weeks ago and he was great! R.I.P
  • JP
    He owned the screen every second he was featured in The Town. "Taking down the cathedral of Boston ... Priceless."
  • Goodbye'll really be missed. The Usual Suspects is getting a viewing tonight in your honor. R.I.P.
  • Nick
    RIP :(
  • M
    Well put, number 8
  • BeckyK
    A much over looked role for him was "Kobayashi" in The Usual Suspects. One of my favorite movies of all time. Gonna miss you, Pete.
  • Kalt
    I loved him in Dragonheart... 😀
  • Jon A.
    Bye bye
  • Cody w
    Yeah indeed #8, RIP.
  • tra la la la la di da
    Forgot about Dragonheart. He had some interesting parts but always stole the scene and despite being a secondary character, it never seemed like it.
  • DisparateDan
    Never better than his brilliant performance as the loathesome Obadiah Hakeswill in the Sharpe series...
  • Matt
    He always added a touch of class to everything he was in, RIP Pete.
  • Dan Turner
    no. 16 I agree....first noticed him in Sharpe...He was soo good in that RIP
  • T
    So good in 'In the Name of the Father'.
  • Voice of Reason
    This is a shame. Definitely iconic, the man seemed to give every scene his honest all. He leaves behind a legacy of quality, memorable roles in a vast array of movies. Thanks, Pete.
  • Kevin
    Pete was amazing ! Thank you mr.Postlethwaite!
  • Mark.E
    the guy has been in lots of great movies! R.I.P!
  • asd
    sucks, what else is there to say
  • Xerxex
    I watched Inception today...RIP.
  • Spider
    ...a huge loss! Mr. Postlethwaite made a every flick he was in, a whole hell of a lot better! He was singlehandedly, the best part of, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"!(the flick where I took note of his talent) I send my deepest condolences to his family! Rest in peace, Mr. Postlethwaite. :(
  • Ryan
    RIP Pete. Godspeed
  • moonscar
    Kobayashi and all of his "faces"... always amazing. RIP.
  • Said
    why are all the best actors dying?!!! R.I.P. the first movie i saw of him was when i was a kid, The Lost World: Jurassic Park :')
  • Brian
    Shocking nobody mentioned the movie Brassed Off. I feel the movie is the epitomize his acting skill.
  • I have no name
    He was really good in The Town but, everyone dies.
  • Dexter
    This is hugely sad and shocking news, God Bless him and his family.
  • John Doe
    Pete Postlethwaite's dead?! What the hell?!
  • R.I.P.
  • MOIVE Mayhem
    Kind of eerie seeing him in Inception, only now knowing he was sick with cancer the past couple years. Real life reflected in a movie role. Sad to see such a fine actor pass away. His time has come, but will surely live in film forever. R.I.P.
  • UK
    R.I.P Sir
  • A5J4DX
  • Eduardite
    Great man gone, RIP
  • lumière
    agree with Brian, his performance in Brassed Off is superb, plus he owns every scene he is in in In The Name Of The Father, which - considering he's opposite Danial Day Lewis - is a fair assessment of his ability. he will be missed by very many - RIP,Ppete.
  • That was really a bad news ... !!! RIP ...




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