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Pete Postlethwaite OBE (7.2.1946 - 2.1.2011)
Pete Postlethwaite was a British actor, who worked in stage, film and television, to great acclaim. He was highly revered within his industry and earned himself a number of awards in his time as an actor. Steven Spielberg once referred to him as 'the greatest actor in the world' after they worked together on Jurassic Park: The Lost World.
Pete Postlethwaite: Childhood
Pete Postlethwaite was born to William and Mary Postlethwaite in Warrington, Lancashire. His family was Roman Catholic and working class. Postlethwaite trained to be a teacher at St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill. He then went on to teach drama at Loreto College, Manchester, before training to be an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Pete Postlethwaite: Acting Career
Pete Postlethwaite's career started at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. His fellow colleagues at that time included Jonathan Pryce Bill Nighy, Julie Walters and Anthony Sher.
In 1981, Pete Postlethwaite landed the leading role in The Muscle Market, which was a spin-off of Boys from the Blackstuff. The series also starred Alison Steadman.
Postlethwaite then went on to land a few smaller parts in TV series such as the Professionals (starring Martin Shaw). His film success started with 1988's Distant Voices, Still Lives. Postlethwaite's film work was sparse for a few years but in 1993, he earned himself an Oscar nomination for his role in In The Name of the Father. The film also starred Daniel Day Lewis and Emma Thompson.
One of Postlethwaite's best-known film roles was playing the mysterious lawyer Mr. Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects, alongside Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro and Kevin Spacey.
He then went on to feature in a number of successful mainstream films, including Alien 3 (starring Sigourney Weaver), Amistad (with Anthony Hopkins), Brassed Off (featuring Ewan McGregor) and The Shipping News with Julianne Moore and Judi Dench. Pete Postlethwaite then landed a role in the critically acclaimed film The Constant Gardener, along with Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes.
In 2010, Pete Postlethwaite could be seen in the blockbuster Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page.
The author Terry Pratchett has stated that he always imagined his Discworld character as a 'younger, slightly bulkier version of Pete Postlethwaite.'
Among Postlethwaite's other notable roles were playing the antagonist Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill in the ITV series Sharpe, which starred Sean Bean. The two actors then went on to work together again in When Saturday Comes.
In 2008, Postlethwaite returned to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, where his career began, appearing in a production of King Lear. The following year, he featured in The Age of Stupid, which focused on the topic of climate change. It was a topic close to his heart as he had recently installed a wind turbine in his own garden.
In 2004, Pete Postlethwaite received an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Pete Postlethwaite: Personal Life
In 2003, Pete Postlethwaite married his wife Jackie Morrish, a former BBC producer. They have two children together, William John (b.1999) and Lily Kathleen (b. 1992).
Pete Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1990 and had to have a testicle removed. In 2011, he died from cancer, at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
26th August 2011
Officials in Pete Postlethwaite's home town of Warrington, north-west England have renamed a performance space in honour of the late...
26th July 2011
One of Pete Postlethwaite's final films has been nominated for a best documentary award.The late Oscar-nominated actor starred in futuristic...
22nd June 2011
Late British actor Pete Postlethwaite was worth $296,000 (£185,000) at the time of his death earlier this year (11), according...
29th March 2011
Jim Broadbent has revealed he was drafted in at the last minute to star in a new TV series after...
29th March 2011
The director of Pete Postlethwaite's final film Killing Bono used the movie's London premiere on Monday night (28Mar11) to pay...
Killing Bono 2011, Review by Rich Cline
Based on a true story, this film vividly captures the frustrating randomness of fame. The...
Clash Of The Titans 2010, Review by Rich Cline
The studio clearly couldn't resist the chance to digitally revisit the creatures so memorably animated...
Inception 2010, Review by Rich Cline
Nolan pulls us into another fiendishly entertaining scenario, engaging our brains while taking us on...
The Town 2010, Review by Rich Cline
Ben Affleck confirms his directing skills with this sharply made thriller, which carefully maintains a...