Respected British actor, Pete Postlethwaite who is best known for his powerful portrayals in movies such as In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects and Amistad has died aged 64 having battled with cancer for some years.
Postlethwaite died peacefully at a hospital in Shropshire, England where he was surrounded by his family.
An enigmatic actor he was able to capture the subtleties required for any role he undertook, and his distinct features and regional timbre gave his performances a realistic edge.
His career began in British television and stage, and he was given his first big screen role in Alien 3. His career escalated thereafter and one of his most memorable roles was alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in the highly acclaimed, In The Name of the Father, where he played Day-Lewis’s dying father. A role that won him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
His popularity continued to eescalate and after his inclusion in The Usual Suspects as Mr. Kobayashi, Postlethwaite became something of a Hollywood darling.
Subsequently he appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, and two Steven Spielberg films, Amistad immmand The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Spielberg was so enchanted by Postlethwaite that he once referred to him as “the best actor in the world,” to which he retorted, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘The thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s the best actor in the world.’ ”
He was given the title of O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).
Postlethwaite leaves behind his wife, Jacqueline, as well as his son William and daughter Mary.