Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

More

Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite died Sunday at age 64 after a battle with cancer. After over three decades in the business, Postlethwaite—who received his Academy Award nod for a supporting role in 1993's In the Name of the Father—had one of the most successful years of his career in 2010, with featured roles in Inception, The Town, and Clash of the Titans.

The actor is also known for his work in The Usual Suspects, Romeo + Juliet, Amistad and the Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World, a film that led director Steven Spielberg to call him "the best actor in the world." Postlethwaite's dry response: ""I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'"

That humility is evident in the anecdotes currently being posted to BBC News' website, where readers are sending in memories of run-ins with the actor:

I met Pete a few years ago. I was giving a talk to students in the Old Duke in Bristol and Pete was playing in the Old Vic. He knocked me off my stool. We later had a beer together and talked about his acting and my teaching. I ended up working in Africa thanks to Pete - such a nice man. He will be sadly missed. Steve Guest, Bristol

Pete taught for a brief period at my (convent!) school in Manchester. He was quite uncomfortable at times to be surrounded by hormonal teenage girls, but we all adored him! We all wrote "I love Pete Pos" on our white gym shoes. So many crushes over one young man! (He wasn't a bad drama teacher, either.... as one would expect) So sad to hear of his death - a very fine actor. Stella Forsdike, Sutton Coldfield


Read the full story at BBC News.

The Guardian also has a video obituary of clips from some of Postlethwaite's most memorable roles, including this scene from In the Name of the Father. Postlethwaite plays the imprisoned father of Daniel Day-Lewis's character, who has been falsely accused of an IRA bombing: "Postlethwaite played him as a man who'd seen and, ultimately, rejected violence, full of wisdom and humility, but never of himself."



Read the full story at The Guardian.



Jump to comments
Presented by

Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Entertainment

Just In