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Pete Postlethwaite (1946–2011)

Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in theatre, to the chagrin of his family. His father,... See full bio »

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 2009 Waving at Trains (Short)
 2008 Player (Short)
 2008 Criminal Justice (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.5 (2008) ... Hooch
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Hooch
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Hooch
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Hooch
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Hooch (uncredited)
 2007 Ghost Son
 2005 Æon Flux
 2005 Red Mercury
Gold Commander
 2005 The Constant Gardener
 2005 Dark Water
 2004 The Limit (Video)
 2003 The Selfish Giant (Short)
Arthur (voice)
 2003 Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (TV Movie)
Charles Burchell
 2002 Triggermen
Ben Cutler
 2000 The Sins (TV Mini-Series)
Len Green
- Sloth (2000) ... Len Green
- Anger (2000) ... Len Green
- Greed (2000) ... Len Green
- Envy (2000) ... Len Green
- Lust (2000) ... Len Green
 2000 Rat
Hubert Flynn
 2000 When the Sky Falls
Martin Shaughnessy
 1999 Wayward Son
Ben Alexander
 1999 Butterfly Collectors (TV Movie)
John McKeown
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
 1999 Lost for Words (TV Movie)
Deric Longden
 1998 Among Giants
Raymond 'Ray'
 1997 Amistad
 1997 Bandyta
 1997 The Serpent's Kiss
Thomas Smithers
 1996 Crimetime
 1994 Suite 16
 1994 Sharpe's Enemy (TV Movie)
 1994 Sharpe's Company (TV Movie)
 1987-1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mitch / The Dipper / Panter / ...
- Sin Bin (1994) ... Mitch
- The Grass Arena (1992) ... The Dipper
- They Never Slept (1991) ... Panter
- Coast to Coast (1987) ... Kecks McGuinness
 1994 Pie in the Sky (TV Series)
Kevin Tasker
- A Matter of Taste (1994) ... Kevin Tasker
 1990-1993 Casualty (TV Series)
Hank / Ralph Peters
- The Good Life (1993) ... Hank
- Close to Home (1990) ... Ralph Peters
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Terence Sullivan
- Goose Bumps (1993) ... Terence Sullivan
 1993 Anchoress
William Carpenter
 1982-1993 Minder (TV Series)
Logie / Appearance by / Jack Wragg
- The Roof of All Evil (1993) ... Logie
- Minder's Christmas Bonus (1983) ... Appearance by (as Peter Postlethwaite)
- Back in Good Old England (1982) ... Jack Wragg (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1992) ... Quince (voice, as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 The Last of the Mohicans
Capt. Beams
 1992 Waterland
Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Alien³
 1992 The Bill (TV Series)
Ray Goller
- Principled Negotiation (1992) ... Ray Goller (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 El C.I.D. (TV Series)
- Making Amends (1992) ... Vince
 1991 A Child from the South (TV Movie)
 1990 Zorro (TV Series)
- The Marked Man (1990) ... Bandit (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1990 Boon (TV Series)
Steve McLaughlin
- Undercover (1990) ... Steve McLaughlin
 1990 Debut on Two (TV Series)
Tony / Keef
- A Box of Swan (1990) ... Tony
- Kingdom Come (1990) ... Keef
 1990 Screenplay (TV Series)
Paula's father
- Needle (1990) ... Paula's father
 1990 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
George Merry (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1988 Number 27
 1988 The Dressmaker
Jack (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1988 Blind Justice (TV Mini-Series)
Det. Sgt. McCabe
- Crime and Punishment (1988) ... Det. Sgt. McCabe (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1988 To Kill a Priest
Josef (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1988 Tumbledown (TV Movie)
Major (Rehabilitation Centre)
 1985 Cyrano de Bergerac (TV Movie)
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
- A Crack in the Ice (1985) ... Painter (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1985 Deceptions (TV Movie)
Driver (uncredited)
 1985 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Barry (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1984 A Private Function
Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
 1984 Mitch (TV Series)
Jack Frost
- Squealer (1984) ... Jack Frost (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1983 Fords on Water
Winston's Boss (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1981 Strike: The Birth of Solidarity (TV Movie)
Ireneusz Lesniak
 1981 Crown Court (TV Series)
 1981 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Detective Sergeant Cross
- Episode #1.2061 (1981) ... Detective Sergeant Cross
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Danny Duggan
- The Muscle Market (1981) ... Danny Duggan (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1979 Afternoon Off (TV Movie)
Attendant in Art Gallery
 1978 Doris and Doreen (TV Movie)
Mr. Lomax
 1978 Going Straight (TV Series)
Thomas Clifford Crowther
- Going Going Gone (1978) ... Thomas Clifford Crowther (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1978 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Man in Cafe
- A Merry Heatwave (1978) ... Man in Cafe (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1977 The Duellists
Man shaving Gen. Treillard (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1976 Plays for Britain (TV Series)
- The Paradise Run (1976) ... Soldier (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1975 The Racer (Short)
 1975 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
- Thwum (1975) ... Duffy (as Peter Postlethwaite)
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Other Works:

Played the title role in the one man show "Scaramouche Jones" by Justin Butcher- Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland (2001), UK tour (2002), international tour (2003). See more »

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Peter Postlethwaite


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Personal Quote:

My first agent wanted me to change [my name]. So I changed him instead. When I made a breakthrough as an actor, people started to say, 'Who's that bloke with the funny name?' They advised me to change it, saying it would never be put up in lights outside theaters because they couldn't afford the electricity. But I would never contemplate changing it. It's who I am. It's my mother and father, my ... See more »


At the beginning of one hit wonder "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba, it's his voice that says these words from the movie Brassed Off (1996): "Truth is I thought it mattered, I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks! Not compared to how people matter". See more »


Distinctive gruff voice See more »

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