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Pete Postlethwaite

Born: 1946-02-07 - Died: 2011-01-02
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Death Summary: Postlethwaite died in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after a long lasting battle with testicular cancer.

Who was Pete Postlethwaite : Pete Postlethwaite was a highly studied actor, who became a famous character actor during his career. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and accrued many accolade nominations during his career.

Postlethwaite was born in Warrington, England the youngest of four siblings. He originally trained as a teacher at St. Mary's College, and went on to teach drama at Loreto College. He then studied acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Postlethwaite's career started in theatre, where he worked with Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Sher, and Julie Walters. He would then move onto movies, and television. His first breakout role came in 1988, with the film, 'Distant Voices, Still Lives'.

After his first major role, Postlethwaite followed it up with numerous Hollywood roles including: Alien 3, The Last of the Mohicans, and his Academy Award nominated performance in 'In the Name of the Father'. He would continue his long running career, and his most recent performances were in the huge blockbusters, Inception and The Town.

Postlethewaite was an environmental activist, who starred in an environmentally charged movie, The Age of Stupid. During the premier he promised to return a medal given to him by England if they installed coal-fired units at the Kingsnorth power station.

Postlethwaite had a long battle with testicular cancer, which started in 1990. He was married to Jacqueline Morrish in 2003, and they had two children William, and Lily.
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  1. kay cooper Says:

    Such sad news, he was a great actor who brought amazing depth and emotion to his charactors. I will miss his performances very much. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  2. Trevor Colley Says:

    I was sadden by the lost of a great character actor where he gave feeling, and emotion to his characters. A big lost to the movie world. My condolences to his family and friends.

  3. darius Says:

    All the great actors dies! And im only. 27 years old. It will be boring not to see your face in movies.you r mysterious face impression allways put. Extra flavour in the movies

  4. joe Callahan Says:

    I was sorry to see his performance in Usual Suspects was not mentioned. In that movie he went toe to toe with some of Hollywood’s best and gave a sterling performence.

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  6. rachael louise Says:

    amazing actor and will be missed by all your fans r.i.p xx

  7. Lorraine Says:

    A great star has returned to the sky to shine once more.
    A true gifted man who never changed. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

  8. goodrichgonzalez Says:

    his a very good actor he will always be rememberd

  9. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  10. rachel Says:

    he was a great actor enjoyed watching his films he will be missed was a big fan x

  11. Simeon Frere Says:

    What a great actor! What a great loss, but what great memories.

  12. Daniel Moshe Johnson Says:

    Great actor, my favorite was when he was the Vatican priest in the new Damian film 666. May he rest in Shalom until that great day.


  13. Jason Says:

    One of the best actors I have enjoyed watching on the screen. RIP.

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  15. LIN Says:

    What a hard working actor he was. Sadly missed from our screens

  16. Cath Says:

    An amazingly versatile actor, who brought a magic to his performances which made them a joy to watch. You will be sadly missed. Condolences to family and friends

  17. Alison Says:

    What a smashing actor, and one of the best.
    He was a star in the making.

  18. Marcena Keto Says:

    I love this guy. He will be missed in the film world.

  19. Gudyfel P. Edradan Says:

    I will miss u….

  20. Val Baker Says:

    OMG,this was a terrible loss to his family,friends and the multitude of people who he never met,but adored by them all the same.Greatest moment was his speech to the Albert Hall audience in “Brassed off”-what a moving performance.Goodbye Pete,i will miss you and so will the world of entertainment.
    Goodnight sweet prince.

  21. paul mcintosh Says:

    great great actor will be mist rip

  22. Malcolm T Elliott Says:

    I just loved your biography and am now buying all your films from Amazon. Thanks for the memories

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    Oh no, this guy was cool.

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    I thought he was great in Brassed Off and was a clasisc arch villan in Sharpe. That pretty much limits my knowledge of his acting but, that was enough for me to respect his ability. Not sure he deserved all the praise lavished on him in news, but then they were asking other luvvies .

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