RIP: Actor Pete Postlethwaite dead at 64

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 3rd, 2011

This is not how I had hoped to start off the new year.

According to The Daily Telegraph, actor Pete Postlethwaite, last seen in Ben Affleck’s THE TOWN, has died. He was 64. The actor passed peacefully in a hospital in Shropshire on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

Born in 1946, the actor has a massively impressive filmography, which he will forever be remembered by.

After getting his start on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he found his first foray into feature films with Terence Davies’ masterpiece, DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES. From there, the actor worked with greats like Franco Zeffirelli (HAMLET), David Fincher (ALIEN 3), Michael Mann (THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS), but no other performance may be quite as powerful or as his turn in In THE NAME OF THE FATHER. He’s absolutely brilliant in that film, and along with other films like WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET, and even JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD, the man made any film that he was in all the more enjoyable. His final performance can be seen in the upcoming film, KILLING BONO.

He will be missed. He is survived by wife Jackie and children William and Lily.

What’s your favorite Postlethwaite performance? Below is what many consider one of his best. A clip from his stage take on Prospero, from The Tempest.

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  • Garry Barzel

    That’s sad… He will surely be missed. Pete was the man!

  • Mark Marshall

    Usual Suspects. and :(

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