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.
Reader Feedback - 39 Comments
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 Kobayashi...you'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
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
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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