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Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

by Cas Ruffin on Jan 3rd, 2011

Actor Pete Postlethwaite has died of cancer at age 64. He left an extensive movie career behind him as his legacy. He gave an exceptionally memorable performance as Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects. He most recently appreared in Ben Affleck’s The Town.

What a depressing way to start 2011. Actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at age 64, losing a long fight with cancer. The British actor had his Hollywood breakout with an Oscar-nominated turn as Guiseppe Conlon, the working class Irish father who shared a prison cell with son Gerry in 1993’s In The Name of the Father. He played good guys and bad guys in equal measure and turned in memorable performances in The Usual Suspects, Romeo + Juliet, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and two current Oscar contenders: The Chris Nolan-directed Inception and the Ben Affleck-directed The Town. The latter performance, as the florist/vicious Boston gangster Fergie, was a showcase for his considerable talent. He’s survived by wife Jacqui and his son, Will, and daughter, Lily. [Deadline]

Hollywood has lost another great actor, but Postlethwaite will be immortalized in all the films he appeared in.

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