I was saddened to read this morning that Pete Postlethwaite passed away yesterday at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. The English actor, a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, had a distinctive, rugged face and an intense screen presence that made him stand out in roles like the lawyer Kobayashi in “The Usual Suspects” and the doctor at the center of a conspiracy in “The Constant Gardener.” He was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for his supporting role in “In the Name of the Father.” Notes the Independent:
Mr Postlethwaite, who was made an OBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours List, was described by Hollywood director Steven Spielberg as “the best actor in the world”. They worked together on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad.
Postlethwaite appeared in two of 2010’s major films, as a florist/gang leader in “The Town” and as Cillian Murphy’s estranged industrialist father in “Inception.” The clip below is from his speech at the end of the 1996 film “Brassed Off,” and wormed its way into larger pop culture when it was excerpted at the beginning of Chumbawamba’s inescapable late ’90s hit “Tubthumping.”