Well, this is a pretty sad way to start the new year. My heart sank when I saw the news that British actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away over the weekend. He apparently had a long struggle with cancer, and passed away peacefully in a hospital in Shropshire, England yesterday. He continued to work right up to the end even while receiving treatment, and put in some memorable performances this year in The Town, Inception and Clash of the Titans. Spielberg supposedly referred to him as the “best actor in the world” at one point after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. He was 64 years old.
Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Guiseppe Conlon in the 1993 film In The Name Of The Father, but his filmography is both lengthy and impressive. Some of his other noteworthy films include The Usual Suspects and Romeo + Juliet, but personally I will always remember him as the bumbling bard Gilbert of Glockenspur in the 1996 fantasy film DragonHeart. He still has one more upcoming role in a movie called Killing Bono that is still to be released in 2011. What are your favourite Pete Postlethwaite performances?