Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64, and You're Going To Feel Real Sad Once You Recognize Who That Is

January 3, 2011


Pete Postlethwaite, the ubiquitous, Oscar-nominated actor who stole scenes in The Usual Suspects, The Lost World, James and the Giant Peach, Alien 3, Amistad, and so many other films--including Inception, The Town, and Clash of the Titans last year alone--has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

For those of us who showed The Usual Suspects to a bunch of people when it came out so we could blow their minds with the twist ending, Postelthwaite's ruddy face may forever be most associated with the name Kobayashi, but it was his role in 1993's In the Name of the Father that would earn Postlethwaite his first and only Academy Award nomination. He ended up losing the Supporting Actor race to Tommy Lee Jones, but Postlethwaite would eventually win the more impressive title: Best Actor in the World!--an honorific reportedly bestowed on him by Steven Spielberg, who is a very respected director. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.

Did 2010 not have enough deaths for you, 2011? Come on, at least give it a week.

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