Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:34 am,

Pete Postlethwaite dead at 64 Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

Today brings us the unfortunate news that veteran actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. The actor died peacefully at a hospital in Shropshire, England, sometime yesterday.

Postlethwaite was diagnosed with testicular cancer way back in 1990 and had been living with the illness for two decades (he had one of his testicles removed at one point). He was being treated at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but died from his illness yesterday.

Postlethwaite was born on February 16th, 1946 in Cheshire, England. After starring on stage and in small parts in many TV shows (notably The Professionals), he moved onto feature films where he became an established, well-known and well-loved face.

Postlethwaite gained awards recognition when he received an Oscar nomination for his role in the 1993 drama In the Name of the Father, co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis. He played the mysterious Kobayashi in Bryan Singer’s classic The Usual Suspects; Holabird in Amistad; Roland Tembo in the blockbuster The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Spielberg once called him “probably the best actor in the world today”); Fergus Colm in Ben Affleck’s The Town; and Cillian Murphy’s father in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, to name just a few of his notable roles.

The role I will personally always remember Postlethwaite for, however, was as the strange “Old Man” in the live-action/animated hybrid movie James and the Giant Peach – the character who presented the titular James with the “crocodile tongues” that lead to the eponymous giant peach in his back garden. As a kid I used to marvel at that scene, as Postlethwaite described how long the crocodile tongues took to make and what exactly they were made of.

Pete Postlethwaite in James and the Giant Peach Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

Pete Postlethwaite in ‘James and the Giant Peach’

In recent years, Postlethwaite became politically active in relation to climate change policies and issues. He starred in the 2009 drama-documentary/animation hybrid The Age of Stupid, set in a devastated version of Earth in 2055, that asks the question “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?” The actor was made an OBE (Office of the Order of the British Empire) in 2004 and once threatened to give the award back if the government went ahead with plans to install new coal-fired units at a power station. Needless to say, he was a passionate individual.

Postlethwaite was always one of those actors that I enjoyed seeing pop up here, there and everywhere. He was a brilliant character actor who could jump from dramas (In the Name of the Father) to comedies (Brassed Off) to big-budget blockbusters (Inception, Clash of the Titans) with ease. He was a fine actor, whom will always be remembered.

Screen Rant would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Postlethwaite.

Pete Postlethwaite actor dies at age 64 Pete Postlethwaite Dies at Age 64

R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite: February 16th, 1946 – January 2nd, 2011.

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  1. Wow, I just saw Inception too. He was a great actor and will be missed.

  2. One of the roles I will always remember him was the Monk in Dragonheart

  3. Awwwww!! No way :(

    R.I.P :(

  4. Good Travels Pete Postlethwaite where ever your soul may take you. May your final destination be what you hoped it to be for all the enjoyment you brought to those who viewed your work through out the years.

  5. Farewell Mr Kobayashi. And like that…he’s gone.

    • You forgot the “Poof!” Big Dentist. That guy was always great in everything he was in.

      • That word has a meaning all of its own over here, Ants – I thought it best not to try and transcribe that part!

        • LOL

  6. Farewell to one of my favorite supporting actors.

  7. he also did a tour in one of my favorite BBC series adaptations called Sharpe’s Rifles, he was a gifted performer who could be a great villian or a trusted advisor to a passionate revolutionary depending upon the role. Should be a easy choice for the THAT GUY hall of fame.

  8. amazing actor, he will truly be missed.

  9. For me, he’s one of those guys that i never really appreciated.

    I would see him in movies and be “oh its that guy”

    It’s sad that only after he died that alot of people, especially me, didnt marvel at his career until after he’s gone.

    He was a great actor and will be missed

  10. Very Sad. One of those actors that I could never remember his name right away but whenever he popped up in a movie he owned it.

    • Exactly how I see it. I remember him also from James and the Giant Peach and oddly enough his role as the priest in Romeo and Juliet (yes, the dicaprio one). But I always sat up a little straighter in my seat when I saw him appear out of nowhere on the screen. He will be sorely missed.

  11. Wow.. I can’t believe this. I just watched The Town for the first time the other day. He was excellent in that movie as The Florist! This is very sad. I hope 2011 won’t be plagued with soo many deaths in Hollywood.

    R.I.P Pete Postlewaite.

  12. Dang! I loved that guy!!
    In Alien3, “This was her idea!”

    Another great, class-act actor gone and we’re still stuck with Tom Cruise and Will Smith.

    (but we still have Gary Oldman)

  13. anyone else notice that the last 3 movies he did; “Clash of the Titans”, “Inception” and “The Town”. his character dies in all three. I thought it was kinda weird.

    he still has “Killing Bono” coming out in England in a few months. looks ok, kinda like “Pirate Radio”

    • Woah ive never noticed that… :O

  14. Rest In Peace-you will be missed immensely

  15. I always imagine that he can portray even better as Professor X Xavier than Mr.Patrick.

  16. Oh no….

    He will be missed very much.

  17. Dude. . .What sucks is that I just barely discovered this guy and started liking him.

    R.I.P, Pete. We’ll miss you.

  18. Rest Easy Mr. Postlethwaite ,
    you will not be forgotten ,
    thank you for all your amazing work.

  19. RIP =(

  20. I liked him in The Lost World: Jurassic park & Seen him in The Omen remake. Great actor, tragic loss. Besides Patrick Stewart, i always thought maybe he’d be a good Prof. Xavior.

  21. He will be missed, a real joy to watch, you knew it was going to be a good movie if he was in it. Farewell, and Thank you.

  22. He was such a great actor, I was shocked by this, Rest in Piece.

  23. Rest in peace Pete, I always picture him as the monk in Dragonheart…dang he will be missed.

  24. more like the omen, where were u on 6-6-06