Vale – Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite - 1946-2011

Sad news tonight, folks, with the news coming through of the passing of one of cinemas true shining lights. Pete Postlethwaite, best known for supporting roles in films from In The Name of The Father (for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Dragonheart, Alien 3, The Last Of The Mohicans, The Usual Suspects, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo + Juliet, Brassed Off and Amistad, has died. Most recently, brief cameo appearances in Clash Of The Titans, Inception, and Ben Affleck’s The Town kept him in the public eye.

Mr Postlethwaite passed away today, after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

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  1. He's given us some top performances on film (and even some great ones for TV and theatre) but for me the stand outs are In The Name of the Father and Brassed Off. Sad news.

    • Yeah, In The Name of The Father is perhaps his best performance, but he always delivers a part that's believable and realistic, only ever adding to the film. I don't think I ever saw a bad performance from him…. although he did appear in some bad films (cough Clash Of The Titans cough)…. he will be missed.

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Vale – Pete Postlethwaite

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