Pete Postlethwaite Biography

Birthday: 1946-02-07
Place of Birth: Warrington, Lancashire
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: An odd-looking but quite fascinating bloke with prominent, bony cheeks and almost a rawboned figure, the distinguished character actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and grew up in Lancashire, England amid middle-class surroundings. He went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in theatre, to the chagrin of his family. His father, a labourer, wanted him to find a more secure position in life. A drama teacher initially, he decided to follow his acting instincts full-time and gradually built up an impressive array of classical stage credits via repertory, including the Bristol Old Vic Drama School, and in stints with Liverpool Everyman, Machester Royal Exchange and the Royal Shakespeare Company. By the 80s he was ready to branch out into film and TV, giving a startling performance as a wife abuser in the British film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). His highly distinctive features were subsequently put to good use in a number of versatile roles, usually menacing but sometimes humble, and most frequently as working-class types. By 1993 he had crossed over into Hollywood parts and earned his first Oscar nomination for his superb role as Daniel Day-Lewis' father in In the Name of the Father (1993). Other quality roles came his way with The Usual Suspects (1995), Brassed Off (1996), and Amistad (1997). Television has been a creative and positive venue as well with fine work in Sharpe's Company (1994) (TV), Lost for Words (1999) (TV) and "The Sins" (2000). Working equally both here and abroad these days, Postlethwaite avoids the public limelight for the most part and lives quietly in England. Postlethwaite continued on in films with roles in The Shipping News (2001), The Limit (2004), Dark Water (2005), The Omen (2006), Ghost Son (2007) and Solomon Kane (2009). 2010 was a banner film year for the actor with roles in the popular and/or highly acclaimed films Clash of the Titans (2010), Inception (2010) and The Town (2010). Married and the father of two, Postlewaite died on January 2, 2011, at age 64, following a recurrence of the cancer he had battled two decades earlier.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Criminal justice Hooch 2008 Crime
A Town & Country Murder Fergus 'Fergie' Colm 2013 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Last of the Mohicans 1936 Fantasy, 0, 0
A Private Function 1985 Comedy
Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988
To Kill a Priest Josef 1989 Drama, History, Thriller
The Dressmaker Jack 1989 Drama, Romance
A Child From The South 1991
Split Second Paulsen 1992 Reality Tv
Alien³ David 1992 Action, Thriller
Waterland 1992 Drama, Mystery
Suite 16 Glover 1994 Drama, Thriller
The Usual Suspects Kobayashi 1995 Comedy, Game Show
Anchoress William Carpenter 1995 Drama
Romeo + Juliet Father Laurence 1996 0
When Saturday Comes Ken Jackson 1996 Drama, Sport
James and the Giant Peach Old Man 1996 Animation, Adventure, Family
Dragonheart Gilbert of Glockenspur 1996 Action, Adventure, Drama
Crimetime Sidney 1996 Horror, Thriller
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Roland Tembo 1997 0
Brassed Off Danny 1997 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Bandyta Sincai 1997 Drama
Amistad Holabird 1997 Drama, History, Mystery
Wayward Son 1999
Animal Farm Benjamin 1999 0, 0
Among Giants Raymond 'Ray' 1999 Romance, Comedy
When the Sky Falls 2000 Crime, Drama
Rat Hubert Flynn 2000 Comedy, Drama, Family
The Shipping News Tert Card 2001 0
Cowboy Up Reid Braxton 2002 Biography, Fantasy, 0
Between Strangers John 2002 Drama
Dark Waters Veeck 2003 Reality Tv, 0, Game Show
Triggermen Ben Cutler 2003 Crime, Comedy
The Limit Gale 2004 0, Game Show, Comedy
Dark Water Veeck 2005 0, Reality Tv
Red Mercury Gold Commander 2005 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Valley of the Heart's Delight Albion Munson 2006 Drama
Closing the Ring Quinlan 2007 0
Ghost Son Doc 2007 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Inception Maurice Fischer 2010 0
The Town Fergus 'Fergie' Colm 2010 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Killing Bono Karl 2011