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
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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."
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