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Clash of the Titans, Inception actor Pete Postlethwaite dies at 64

01.03.2011

Venerable character actor Pete Postlethwaite, who starred in CLASH OF THE TITANS, INCEPTION and THE TOWN this year, has died at the age of 64. Poslethwaite, one of the great "That Guy" actors of our generation, had been receiving treatment for cancer and died in a central England hospital on Sunday.

Postlethwaite might be best known to viewers as Kobayashi in THE USUAL SUSPECTS but was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1993's IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER. Steven Spielberg famously dubbed Postlethwaite the "best actor in the world" after working with him on THE LOST WORLD and AMISTAD. Other popular Postlethwaite films include HAMLET, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, ALIEN 3, ROMEO + JULIET, BRASSED OFF and THE OMEN.

He had a prolific 2010 with a possible two Best Picture-nominated films on his resume and still has the UK comedy KILLING BONO (with Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Peter Serafinowicz) set for release this upcoming April.

Source: Variety

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11:04PM on 01/04/2011

Another great one gone.

Easily one of the best supporting actors of all time.

Its sad to think we won't be seeing him again on the big screen.
Easily one of the best supporting actors of all time.

Its sad to think we won't be seeing him again on the big screen.
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4:32PM on 01/04/2011

Man, this is sad...

I know he was usually a background actor, but he was one of the best at that job and did it with class. I've always liked his characters in movies and it sucks he won't be around for more. At least he will live on in film forever...
My condolences to his family.
I know he was usually a background actor, but he was one of the best at that job and did it with class. I've always liked his characters in movies and it sucks he won't be around for more. At least he will live on in film forever...
My condolences to his family.
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10:17AM on 01/04/2011
I was just thinking how old this dude was, and the ton of movies he was in lately.
I was just thinking how old this dude was, and the ton of movies he was in lately.
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12:08AM on 01/04/2011
As ridiculous as it might sound, to me, he'll always be Brother Gilbert from "Dragonheart". He's so damn funny in that movie. He shall be missed!
As ridiculous as it might sound, to me, he'll always be Brother Gilbert from "Dragonheart". He's so damn funny in that movie. He shall be missed!
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12:03AM on 01/04/2011
I am "disappointed"...
I am "disappointed"...
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9:04PM on 01/03/2011
This blows
This blows
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9:09PM on 01/03/2011
Aeon Flux too I believe
Aeon Flux too I believe
8:57PM on 01/03/2011
This is terrible news. I'll always remember him Kobayashi, but he was great in many more movies than just one. Most recently, I enjoyed his small role in The Town. RIP
This is terrible news. I'll always remember him Kobayashi, but he was great in many more movies than just one. Most recently, I enjoyed his small role in The Town. RIP
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7:00PM on 01/03/2011
Sad day.

Was a fine actor. R.I.P.
Sad day.

Was a fine actor. R.I.P.
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6:14PM on 01/03/2011

I had his action figure as a kid!

Which tells you how much a fan I was of this underused actor, and his character Roland in the Lost World: Jurassic Park. Check out his deleted scene from that movie if you haven't already, because that is how I will remember Pete. RIP
Which tells you how much a fan I was of this underused actor, and his character Roland in the Lost World: Jurassic Park. Check out his deleted scene from that movie if you haven't already, because that is how I will remember Pete. RIP
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5:43PM on 01/03/2011

great actor

don't forget Dragonheart
don't forget Dragonheart
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4:32PM on 01/03/2011
damn sad to hear this.was a terrific actor.RIP
damn sad to hear this.was a terrific actor.RIP
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4:13PM on 01/03/2011

Rest In Peace, Pete.

I first noticed Pete, like most other people, in In the Name of the Father. Until then he’d been a well-liked actor who’d show up in a lot of BBC stuff and in small roles in UK-shot films. It’s understandable; that face of his made a monologue of its own when he came on screen. Such character.

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In the Name of the Father has Pete playing Guiseppe Conlon, father of accused “Guildford Four” pub bomber Gerry Conlon (played by Daniel Day-Lewis). Guiseppe is also convicted, for conspiracy
I first noticed Pete, like most other people, in In the Name of the Father. Until then he’d been a well-liked actor who’d show up in a lot of BBC stuff and in small roles in UK-shot films. It’s understandable; that face of his made a monologue of its own when he came on screen. Such character.

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In the Name of the Father has Pete playing Guiseppe Conlon, father of accused “Guildford Four” pub bomber Gerry Conlon (played by Daniel Day-Lewis). Guiseppe is also convicted, for conspiracy to murder. Both men are innocent. The film takes a lot of dramatic license, creating people, moving events around and, most obviously, putting Gerry and Guiseppe in the same cell in the same prison - which no prison would be likely to do. At any rate, director Jim Sheridan knew what would work for a film, and Postlethwaite’s scenes with Daniel Day-Lewis are masterclasses in acting.

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Think about how good Day-Lewis is. Now think of how good the guy is who can come in and steal the scene from under him with barely more than a stare.

Rest in peace, Pete. You did well.
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4:03PM on 01/03/2011
Damn, one of my favorite supporting actors is gone. I first saw him in The Lost World and he was my favorite character, and that's the only time I liked someone more than Jeff Goldblum in a movie. He was also great in the TV movie version of Animal Farm. Pete, you will be missed.

"Somewhere on this island is the greatest predator there ever lived. The second greatest predator must take him down."
Damn, one of my favorite supporting actors is gone. I first saw him in The Lost World and he was my favorite character, and that's the only time I liked someone more than Jeff Goldblum in a movie. He was also great in the TV movie version of Animal Farm. Pete, you will be missed.

"Somewhere on this island is the greatest predator there ever lived. The second greatest predator must take him down."
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3:42PM on 01/03/2011
This sucks. I had only just started noticing him in movies after seeing The Town and then realized how many great movies he had been in. Who did he play in Inception though?
This sucks. I had only just started noticing him in movies after seeing The Town and then realized how many great movies he had been in. Who did he play in Inception though?
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4:12PM on 01/03/2011
He was Cillian Murphy's dad - on his deathbed, coincidentally.
He was Cillian Murphy's dad - on his deathbed, coincidentally.
2:55PM on 01/03/2011
Im really sorry to hear this. He's one of those actors that I never expected to be in the movie I was watching, but it always made the move that much better. Kobayashi was one of my all time fav movie characters.
Im really sorry to hear this. He's one of those actors that I never expected to be in the movie I was watching, but it always made the move that much better. Kobayashi was one of my all time fav movie characters.
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2:45PM on 01/03/2011
This is a guy who seemed so virile i thought he was going to live to 110.

I had no idea he was even ill, you would never suspect it considering how hard working he was.

He was easily the most believable and natural actors that ever lived, someone who effortlessly elevated every scene he was in, his charisma was such that his presence was felt even when he wasn't onscreen.

It may be silly but for me Roland is his best character. It just about summarized his entire persona
This is a guy who seemed so virile i thought he was going to live to 110.

I had no idea he was even ill, you would never suspect it considering how hard working he was.

He was easily the most believable and natural actors that ever lived, someone who effortlessly elevated every scene he was in, his charisma was such that his presence was felt even when he wasn't onscreen.

It may be silly but for me Roland is his best character. It just about summarized his entire persona
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2:45PM on 01/03/2011
My condolences to his family. He died too young.
My condolences to his family. He died too young.
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2:12PM on 01/03/2011

Bummer

This man is one of those actors i grew up watching since i was a teenager. I liked his character Roland in Jurassic Park: The Lost world and The Usual Suspects. This Great actor will be missed.
This man is one of those actors i grew up watching since i was a teenager. I liked his character Roland in Jurassic Park: The Lost world and The Usual Suspects. This Great actor will be missed.
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1:59PM on 01/03/2011
Well, this sucks...
Well, this sucks...
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1:47PM on 01/03/2011

This is the 2nd Article I've Read About His Death...

.....that has neglected to mention The Usual Suspects.

Seriously, what the shit???

R.I.P.
.....that has neglected to mention The Usual Suspects.

Seriously, what the shit???

R.I.P.
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1:58PM on 01/03/2011
Uh, it's right there in the second paragraph. And yeah...that's mostly what I remember him for...mostly.
Uh, it's right there in the second paragraph. And yeah...that's mostly what I remember him for...mostly.
1:58PM on 01/03/2011
Second to not mention Usual Suspects?? Are you sure you read the article? You may wanna double check...
Second to not mention Usual Suspects?? Are you sure you read the article? You may wanna double check...
1:34PM on 01/03/2011

So sad

A very talented actor to say the least. I had forgotten he had been in 3 movies last year. I swear the man was a chameleon.
A very talented actor to say the least. I had forgotten he had been in 3 movies last year. I swear the man was a chameleon.
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1:25PM on 01/03/2011
Roland Tembo lives on slaying T-rexes with one hand tied behind his back... in Heaven.
Roland Tembo lives on slaying T-rexes with one hand tied behind his back... in Heaven.
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1:22PM on 01/03/2011

This is truly sad

He had to be one of the most familiar faces to me throughout the '90s. I was a little surprised this year when he started showing up again, as before his small role in "Inception" I hadn't seen the man since "A Constant Gardner," and even then some while before.

But he was a staple in movies like "Last of the Mohicans," "Romeo & Juliette," and of course "The Usual Suspects." But also in various "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries'.

After his terrific turn in "The Town" I thought this meant
He had to be one of the most familiar faces to me throughout the '90s. I was a little surprised this year when he started showing up again, as before his small role in "Inception" I hadn't seen the man since "A Constant Gardner," and even then some while before.

But he was a staple in movies like "Last of the Mohicans," "Romeo & Juliette," and of course "The Usual Suspects." But also in various "Masterpiece Theatre" miniseries'.

After his terrific turn in "The Town" I thought this meant he was making a comeback. Not to say he was washed up, but I just hadn't seen the man for a while. I guess all I can say really is this is one actor I didn't want to say goodbye to yet.

He left on a high note though, so as a fan, that's all I can really ask for.
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1:17PM on 01/03/2011

That fucking sucks!

I've known who he was even when I was a teenager...64 is still too young.
I've known who he was even when I was a teenager...64 is still too young.
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1:01PM on 01/03/2011

SON OF A FUCKING BITCH

i really liked him
i really liked him
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12:35PM on 01/03/2011
One of the best in the business. An amazing talent has been lost. RIP, sir.
One of the best in the business. An amazing talent has been lost. RIP, sir.
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12:23PM on 01/03/2011
That's some crap news. Ebery role the man played was dynamite RIP.
That's some crap news. Ebery role the man played was dynamite RIP.
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12:18PM on 01/03/2011
I just watched The Town last night too.. fuck this news. RIP brother
I just watched The Town last night too.. fuck this news. RIP brother
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12:13PM on 01/03/2011
He will be sorely fucking missed. What a fine character actor all around. He'll leave an amazing legacy behind.
He will be sorely fucking missed. What a fine character actor all around. He'll leave an amazing legacy behind.
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12:12PM on 01/03/2011

Tragic

What a damn shame. A really talented actor who I never tired of seeing, since he never seemed to give a bad performance.

Kind of a strange thing to read today, since I watched The Usual Suspects again last night for what seemed like the umpteenth time.
What a damn shame. A really talented actor who I never tired of seeing, since he never seemed to give a bad performance.

Kind of a strange thing to read today, since I watched The Usual Suspects again last night for what seemed like the umpteenth time.
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12:10PM on 01/03/2011

RIP

Sad news, not really a well known actor but is well known by the amount of films he's been in. One of his larger roles recently was in Solomon Kane.
Sad news, not really a well known actor but is well known by the amount of films he's been in. One of his larger roles recently was in Solomon Kane.
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11:54AM on 01/03/2011

RIP

Wow. The Guardian has some pretty good pieces on him today, including an old interview. It's a long shot, but I really hope Renner wins the best supporting actor Golden Globe so that he can pay public homage to one of the finest British actors ever.
Wow. The Guardian has some pretty good pieces on him today, including an old interview. It's a long shot, but I really hope Renner wins the best supporting actor Golden Globe so that he can pay public homage to one of the finest British actors ever.
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11:25AM on 01/03/2011

Poor Guy...

Talk about a blow to the stomach... I feel like I just lost family... Now I can't even image how much harder it's gonna be to watch In the Name of the Father.

My best goes out to his family.

RIP
Talk about a blow to the stomach... I feel like I just lost family... Now I can't even image how much harder it's gonna be to watch In the Name of the Father.

My best goes out to his family.

RIP
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11:18AM on 01/03/2011

RIP

just watched Inception and The Town again yesterday... as everyone said, he was a great character actor and will really be missed... "remember who clipped your daddy's nuts"
just watched Inception and The Town again yesterday... as everyone said, he was a great character actor and will really be missed... "remember who clipped your daddy's nuts"
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10:55AM on 01/03/2011

Great Actor, sadly missed

R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite - Watching The Town in memory of Pete Postlethwaite [link]
R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite - Watching The Town in memory of Pete Postlethwaite [link]
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10:52AM on 01/03/2011
Rest in peace good sit, you had more class and style than your proceeding generation.
Rest in peace good sit, you had more class and style than your proceeding generation.
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10:41AM on 01/03/2011
He was awesome in The Town. Rest in Peace Pete
He was awesome in The Town. Rest in Peace Pete
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10:38AM on 01/03/2011
My favorite film of '10 loses a gr8 cast member, the "stepfather" of Perseus...RIP
My favorite film of '10 loses a gr8 cast member, the "stepfather" of Perseus...RIP
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10:18AM on 01/03/2011

An actor with passion

Great in The Town. I remember being in high school and watching Romeo + Juliet, and he kicked ASS as the apothecary in the Hawaiian shirt! I wonder if he and Leo talked on set for Inception. RIP, Pete. You were awesome!
Great in The Town. I remember being in high school and watching Romeo + Juliet, and he kicked ASS as the apothecary in the Hawaiian shirt! I wonder if he and Leo talked on set for Inception. RIP, Pete. You were awesome!
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10:15AM on 01/03/2011
Damn, this one hurts. RIP.
Damn, this one hurts. RIP.
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10:10AM on 01/03/2011

Brilliant performer!

An absolutely terrible loss.
An absolutely terrible loss.
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9:43AM on 01/03/2011
I just saw The Town last night again too...crazy... It's a lost to cinema. RIP Pete. Movie fans will always remember you.
I just saw The Town last night again too...crazy... It's a lost to cinema. RIP Pete. Movie fans will always remember you.
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9:36AM on 01/03/2011
This guy was a FORCE to be reckoned with. RIP.
This guy was a FORCE to be reckoned with. RIP.
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9:20AM on 01/03/2011
A great loss to cinema and the dramatic arts in general. RIP Pete.
A great loss to cinema and the dramatic arts in general. RIP Pete.
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