‘Inception’ Star Pete Postlethwaite Dies

British actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away. The acclaimed actor, best known for roles in such films as ‘In the Name of the Father,’ ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘Amistad,’ among many others, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Those who worked with the star say he brought a “commanding presence” to the big screen.

Postlethwaite made his first appearance in a Hollywood film in Alien 3. After gaining a slew of new fans as well as praise for his performance in Bryan Singer’s thriller ‘The Usual Suspects,’ Hollywood’s hottest directors came calling.

Postlethwaite subsequently appeared in William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ directed by Baz Luhrmann, and two films for Steven Spielberg, ‘Amistad’ and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park.’ Spielberg deemed Postlethwaite “the best actor in the world.”

Other notable credits include his 1988 breakthrough, ‘Distance Voices,’ ‘Still Lives,’ 1996’s ‘When Saturday Comes,’ ‘Dragonheart,’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach,’ 2001’s ‘The Shipping News,’ 2005’s ‘The Constant Gardner,’ and 2009’s ‘The Age of Stupid.’

Despite his illness, he also managed to appear in four films this year: ‘Ironclad,’ ‘Clash of the Titans,’ ‘Inception’ and ‘The Town.’

Postlethwaite is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, as well as son William and daughter Mary.


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