It was sad to learn today of the passing of a minor screen legend – English actor Pete Postlethwaite – once described by director Steven Spielberg as the greatest actor in the world. Pete had an entire elocution lesson as a surname, and those unfamiliar with that name would have at least recognised the mans’ face and muttered “Oh, that’s the guy from…”
Postlethwaite taught drama before going into acting. After early appearances on television he eventually got into film and received much recognition (including an Oscar nomination) for his role as Giuseppe Conlon in Jim Sheridan’s 90s classic In The Name Of The Father. He was forever immortalised in pop culture for his role as Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects and worked with Spielberg on The Lost World and Amistad.
In a career that spanned more than thirty years, Postlethwaite acted in over fifty films. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, and was still acting last year despite battling cancer, appearing in Inception and a wonderful supporting role in Ben Affleck’s The Town. His last film – Killing Bono – will be released this year.
Postlethwaite died aged 64. You will be missed guv’nor.
by Wadrick Jones