R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite

Legendary stage and screen actor Pete Postlethwaite died peacefully in a Shropshire hospital yesterday after long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Despite receiving treatment in recent months, Postlethwaite continued working and appeared in no less than three major films that opened last year – “Clash of the Titans,” “Inception” and “The Town”. His final film is Nick Hamm’s “Killing Bono” which opens in the UK in April.

Starting out as a drama teacher, he built up an impressive list of stage credentials starring with various companies in the 70’s and 80’s. About that time he began branching into television and film, garnering his first Oscar nomination for his work in 1993’s “In the Name of the Father”.

Other notable roles include Keyser Soze’s lawyer Kobyashi in “The Usual Suspects”, big game bounty hunter Roland Tembo in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, Father Laurence in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”, and further roles in films like “Brassed Off,” “Alien 3,” “The Constant Gardener,” “Amistad,” “The Shipping News,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Dark Water,” “Aeon Flux,” “Dragonheart,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Solomon Kane,” “Strange Bedfellows,” “The Omen” remake, “Distant Voices, Still Lives”, and two “Sharpe” TV movies.