Pete Postlethwaite tribute

RIP Pete Postlethwaite

Born in 1946 in Cheshire, England, Pete Postlethwaite developed an interest in stage acting during college. Starting out as a drama teacher, he quickly accrued performances with Liverpool Everyman, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

After a run of TV appearances throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, Postlethwaite’s film breakthrough came with Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. His role as an abusive husband and father showcased the acting intensity that would remain throughout his career.

A talented actor, blessed with a notably unique face, Postlethwaite endured constant success and admiration, with Steven Spielberg claiming he was ‘the best actor in the world’. Awarded an OBE in 2004 for his services to drama, Pete Postlethwaite remained grounded, for the most part avoiding the limelight and settling down with his wife and two children in England.

Notable performances:

  • Distant Voices, Still Lives – Father
  • Alien 3 – David
  • In The Name Of The Father – Giuseppe Conlon
  • The Usual Suspects – Mr Kobayashi
  • Romeo And Juliet – Father Lawrence
  • Brassed Off – Danny
  • Amistad – William S Holabird
  • The Constant Gardner – Dr Lorbeer / Dr Brandt
  • Inception – Maurice Fischer
  • The Town – Fergus ‘Fergie’ Colm
  • Sharpe’s Company (TV) – Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill

At the end of the day, acting is all about telling lies. We are professional impostors and the audience accept that. We’ve made this deal that we tell you a tale and a pack of lies, but there will be a truth in it. You may enjoy it, or it will disturb you.”

– Pete Postlethwaite (16/02/1946 – 02/01/2011)
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Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

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