Actor Pete Postlethwaite dies
British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who director Steven Spielberg once described as "probably the best actor in the world today," is dead at 64 after a long fight with cancer.
The actor had roles in two Spielberg films: "Jurassic Park" and "Amistad." His response to Spielberg's remark was, "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'"
Postlethwaite received an Oscar nomination for his powerful performance in 1993's "In the Name of the Father." He co-starred with Daniel Day-Lewis as one of four men wrongfully accused of a London IRA bombing.
The prolific actor also turned in noted performances in "Brassed Off," "The Usual Suspects," "The Constant Gardener" and -- most recently -- "Inception" and "The Town."
Postlethwaite had originally planned to become a priest, according to the Associated Press and had trained as a teacher, per Wikipedia, but was called to acting in his late twenties.
In recent years, Postlethwaite had become a poiltical activist, helming the "The Age of Stupid," about climate change and adapting his home to be environmentally responsible. "Ignorance, lack of awareness of the situation is one of the biggest things," he said at the time. "Evil is what happens when good people do nothing."
In 2003, he also marched against the war in Iraq.
Fans have turned to Twitter to eulogize the actor as "one of our generation's finest talents" and "a legend." Wrote tweeter @Jhonenv, "Starting a new decade off without a Pete Postlethwaite is a damn sad way to start off a decade. How the hell do I opt out?"
[Originally posted at 8:04 a.m. ET]
| January 3, 2011; 10:53 AM ET
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