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Pete Postlethwaite 1946 - 2011

By . | Miscellaneous | January 3, 2011 |

By . | Miscellaneous | January 3, 2011 |

Brilliant English character actor, Pete Postlethwaite, died yesterday at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. He had, in fact, been working even after his diagnosis. Postlethwaite was 64 years old.

Postlethwaite began his career in the theater along with colleagues Bill Nighy and Jonathan Pryce. He had his first break-out role in 1993’s In the Name of the Father, in which he was nominated for an Oscar opposite Daniel Day Lewis, although he may be best known for his role as Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects. He could be seen most recently with small but pivotal roles in Inception and The Town, in addition to an odd little drama-documentary-animation hybrid, The Age of Stupid, about the effects of climate change on the world.

Dude could seriously act, too. Steven Spielberg once noted that Postlethwaite was “the best actor in the world,” and this clip — a promo for his King Lear — demonstrates the hell out of that.

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