Actor Pete Postlethwaite dies at 64

Jan 03, 2011 by Ian Evans

Pete Postlethwaite ©2002

Pete Postlethwaite, pictured at the Between Strangers press conference at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, has died at 64. ©2002 Photographer:Ian Evans

British actor Pete Postlethwaite has died of cancer at the age of 64. The actor, who earned an Oscar-nomination for his role as Daniel Day-Lewis’ father in In the Name of the Father, had a talent that prompted Steven Spielberg to say he was “probably the best actor in the world.”

Most recently seen in Inception and The Town, his filmography also included The Usual Suspects, The Constant Gardener, The Shipping News, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad.