RIP Pete Postlethwaite
A gifted character actor, Postlethwaite was born in Warrington, Cheshire and was almost a priest and then a PE teacher. Thankfully he ended up teaching at a drama school before going on to act at the Bristol Old Vic and began his professional stage career at the Liverpool Everyman theatre working alongside Julie Walters and Bill Nighy before going on to have parts in Royal Shakespeare Company productions.
His first film role came in Ridley Scott’s The Duelists in 1977 but it wasn’t till 1984’s A Private Function and 1988’s Distant Voices, Still Lives that he started to receive acclaim as a character actor.
Roles in Last Of The Mohicans and Alien 3 in 1992 helped bring him to Hollywood’s attention and in 1993 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Giuseppe Conlon in In The Name Of The Father. After a small but memorable role as Mr Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects 1995, he brought stage experience to the screen in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet in 1996 and returned to the UK for Brassed Off (1996). He worked twice with Spielberg (Amistad and The Lost World both in 1997) and impressed him so much that Spielberg called him “The best actor in the world”.
He was given an OBE in 2003 for his services to drama.
More recently, he’s been seen in Solomon Kane, Clash of the Titans, Inception and The Town. His final appearance will be in Killing Bono scheduled for release on April 1st this year. He is survived by his wife and two children.