Pete Postlethwaite dies at 65 of cancer

By Alexandra Heilbron on January 4, 2011 | 5 Comments

British actor Pete Postlethwaite died Sunday of cancer at age 65 at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shropshire, England. Once described by Steven Spielberg as “probably the best actor in the world,” Postlethwaite most recently appeared in Clash of the Titans and Ben Affleck‘s critically-acclaimed The Town. He originally wanted to be a priest but worked as a teacher before discovering a love for acting. He began in theater before transitioning to British television. In 1994 he received an Academy Award nomination for In the Name of the Father, playing the father of Daniel Day-Lewis‘ character. Last year he, along with the rest of the cast of The Town, won an acting ensemble award from the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to drama at Buckingham Palace. Postlewaite leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Jacqueline, and their two children, William and Lily.

Comments & Discussion

  1. Helen • January 4, 2011 @ 2:29 PM

    A true talent. Rest in Peace.

  2. Johnny • January 4, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

    Great character actor who has been in many quality films. RIP Pete.

  3. ke • January 4, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

    I love him. He`s been a part of some of my favorite films! It feels like you can`t watch a British movie without him in it! He was a great actor.


  4. Rudolph Ransom • January 4, 2011 @ 9:30 PM

    Another great actor gone…he will be remembered a lot…!

  5. Hollywood Man says ANTHEMS=WOW! • January 5, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

    RIP. GREAT actor,indeed.

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