04 January 2011
RIP Pete Postlethwaite...
Pete Postlethwaite died this past Sunday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 64. He will be missed! Not only by his surviving family, but by all of those who were fortunate enough to witness his tremendous talents as an actor on screen.
I will always remember his portrayal of Guiseppe Conlon in the film In The Name of the Father. He was nominated for an Oscar for that role, as were his co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson. However, he was not only known for that role. He did a lot of work with Steven Spielberg. Postlethwaite so impressed Spielberg that Spielberg described Postelthwaite as "probably the best actor in the world".
Aside from his acting skills, Postlethwaite was a political activist off-screen. He was committed to the climate change cause and threatened to give back an OBE he had been awarded when the British government approved a coal-fired power station in Kent.
Pete Postlethwaite may you rest in peace.