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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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 .

C.murder on Jan 3, 2011



Jericho on Jan 3, 2011


pity...just saw inception and clash of the titans on dvd last week and recognized him. great actor, sad to hear this.

adrien on Jan 3, 2011



Chazzy on Jan 3, 2011


R.I.P. Talented actor, indeed. I'll always remember him as the dinosaur hunter. lol

Big Boss on Jan 3, 2011


Yeah just saw The Town and Inception for the first time a couple weeks ago and he was great! R.I.P

Cruzer on Jan 3, 2011


He owned the screen every second he was featured in The Town. "Taking down the cathedral of Boston ... Priceless."

JP on Jan 3, 2011


Goodbye'll really be missed. The Usual Suspects is getting a viewing tonight in your honor. R.I.P.

Marc on Jan 3, 2011



Nick on Jan 3, 2011


Well put, number 8

M on Jan 3, 2011


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.

BeckyK on Jan 3, 2011


I loved him in Dragonheart... 😀

Kalt on Jan 3, 2011


Bye bye

Jon A. on Jan 3, 2011


Yeah indeed #8, RIP.

Cody w on Jan 3, 2011


Forgot about Dragonheart. He had some interesting parts but always stole the scene and despite being a secondary character, it never seemed like it.

tra la la la la di da on Jan 3, 2011


Never better than his brilliant performance as the loathesome Obadiah Hakeswill in the Sharpe series...

DisparateDan on Jan 3, 2011


He always added a touch of class to everything he was in, RIP Pete.

Matt on Jan 3, 2011


no. 16 I agree....first noticed him in Sharpe...He was soo good in that RIP

Dan Turner on Jan 3, 2011


So good in 'In the Name of the Father'.

T on Jan 3, 2011


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.

Voice of Reason on Jan 3, 2011


Pete was amazing ! Thank you mr.Postlethwaite!

Kevin on Jan 3, 2011


the guy has been in lots of great movies! R.I.P!

Mark.E on Jan 3, 2011


sucks, what else is there to say

asd on Jan 3, 2011


I watched Inception today...RIP.

Xerxex on Jan 3, 2011


...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. 🙁

Spider on Jan 3, 2011


RIP Pete. Godspeed

Ryan on Jan 3, 2011


Kobayashi and all of his "faces"... always amazing. RIP.

moonscar on Jan 3, 2011


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 :')

Said on Jan 3, 2011


Shocking nobody mentioned the movie Brassed Off. I feel the movie is the epitomize his acting skill.

Brian on Jan 3, 2011


He was really good in The Town but, everyone dies.

I have no name on Jan 3, 2011


This is hugely sad and shocking news, God Bless him and his family.

Dexter on Jan 3, 2011


Pete Postlethwaite's dead?! What the hell?!

John Doe on Jan 4, 2011



Ambient on Jan 4, 2011


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.

MOIVE Mayhem on Jan 4, 2011


R.I.P Sir

UK on Jan 4, 2011



A5J4DX on Jan 4, 2011


Great man gone, RIP

Eduardite on Jan 6, 2011


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.

lumière on Jan 6, 2011


That was really a bad news ... !!! RIP ...

Shero on Jan 8, 2011

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