Pete Postlethwaite

7 Feb 1945 - 2 Jan 2011


Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite, OBE ( 7 February 1946 – 2 January 2011), was an English stage, film and television actor.

After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Age of Stupid, Inception, The Town, Romeo + Juliet, and Æon Flux. In television, Postlethwaite's most notable performance was as the villain Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill in the Sharpe television series and television movies opposite actor Sean Bean's character of Richard Sharpe.

Postlethwaite was born in Warrington, England in 1946. He trained as a teacher and taught drama before training as an actor. Steven Spielberg called Postlethwaite "the best actor in the world" after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in In the Name of the Father in 1993, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year's Honours List. He died of pancreatic cancer on 2 January 2011.


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Filmography (42 titles)

(movie, 2011)
···Killing Bono
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Karl)
(movie, 2010)
···The Town
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Fergus 'Fergie' Colm)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Maurice Fischer)
(movie, 2010)
6.8Clash of the Titans
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Role: Actor (as Spyros)
(movie, 2009)
···Solomon Kane
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as William Crowthorn)
(movie, 2007)
···Closing the Ring
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Quinlan)
(movie, 2007)
···Ghost Son
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Doc)
(movie, 2006)
···The Omen
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Father Brennan)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Albion Munson)
(movie, 2005)
···Æon Flux
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Keeper)
(movie, 2005)
7.5The Constant Gardener
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Lorbeer aka Dr. Brandt)
(movie, 2005)
···Dark Water
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Veeck)
(movie, 2005)
···Red Mercury
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gold Commander)
(movie, 2003)
···The Limit
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gale)
(movie, 2002)
···Between Strangers
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John)
(movie, 2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ben Cutler)
(movie, 2001)
···The Shipping News
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tert Card)
(movie, 1999)
···Butterfly Collectors
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as John McKeown)
(movie, 1999)
···Lost for Words
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Deric Longden)
(movie, 1999)
···The Divine Ryans
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Uncle Reg Ryan)
(movie, 1999)
···Wayward Son
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ben Alexander)
(movie, 1998)
···Among Giants
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Raymond 'Ray')
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Holabird)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Roland Tembo)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sincai)
(movie, 1997)
···The Serpent's Kiss
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Thomas Smithers)
(movie, 1996)
···Brassed Off
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Danny)
(movie, 1996)
···Romeo + Juliet
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Father Laurence)
(movie, 1996)
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Gilbert of Glockenspur)
(movie, 1996)
···James and the Giant Peach
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Old Man)
(movie, 1996)
···When Saturday Comes
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Ken Jackson)
(movie, 1995)
8.1The Usual Suspects
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kobayashi)
(movie, 1994)
···Sharpe's Enemy
Genre: History, Action, Adventure, War
Role: Actor (as Hakeswill)
(movie, 1994)
···Suite 16
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Glover)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Giuseppe Conlon)
(movie, 1993)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as William Carpenter)
(movie, 1992)
···The Last of the Mohicans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Capt. Beams)
(movie, 1992)
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Horror
Role: Actor (as David Postlethwaite)
(movie, 1992)
···Split Second
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Paulsen)
(movie, 1988)
···Distant Voices, Still Lives
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Father)
(movie, 1988)
···The Dressmaker
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jack)
(movie, 1984)
···A Private Function
Genre: Comedy, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Douglas J. Nuttol)