Pete Postlethwaite February 7th, 1946 – January 2nd, 2011

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A longtime friend of actor Pete Postlethwaite has told the British press that the 64-year-old actor has died in a hospital in Shropshire, central England, while receiving treatment for cancer.

Postlethwaite was a greatly respected actor in the industry, having received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father. He’ll probably best be remembered for his role as Kobayashi in Bryan Singer’s the Usual Suspects, but he also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, David Fincher’s Alien 3, The Last of the Mohicans and dozens of other films.

Last year alone, Postlethwaite appeared in three of Warner Bros.’ biggest films, the remake of Clash of the Titans (playing Sam Worthington’s adopted father), Christopher Nolan’s Inception (playing Cillian Murphy’s dying father), and in Ben Affleck’s The Town as “The Florist.”

He’s survived by his wife Jackie and their two children.

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    9 Responses to Pete Postlethwaite February 7th, 1946 – January 2nd, 2011

    1. This guy looked like he ought to have been holding a cardboard sign in front of a Walmart somewhere.


    2. Well this is already a shit year.


    3. Only 64? He looked mid-70’s to me…


    4. 🙁 sucks, he was good! hard worker with loads of quality! always brought class and dept to the films he was in. RIP


    5. aw, man.
      I even liked him in Æon Flux.


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