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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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 2007 Ghost Son
 2005 Æon Flux
 2005 Red Mercury
Gold Commander
 2005 The Constant Gardener
 2005 Dark Water
 2002 Triggermen
Ben Cutler
 2000 Rat
Hubert Flynn
 2000 When the Sky Falls
Martin Shaughnessy
 1999 Wayward Son
Ben Alexander
 1998 Among Giants
Raymond 'Ray'
 1997 Amistad
 1997 Bandyta
 1997 The Serpent's Kiss
Thomas Smithers
 1996 Crimetime
 1994 Suite 16
 1993 Anchoress
William Carpenter
 1992 The Last of the Mohicans
Capt. Beams
 1992 Waterland
Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Alien³
 1988 Number 27
 1988 The Dressmaker
Jack (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1988 To Kill a Priest
Josef (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1984 A Private Function
Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
 1983 Fords on Water
Winston's Boss (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1977 The Duellists
Man shaving Gen. Treillard (as Peter Postlethwaite)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Michael Gambon, Antony Sher, Sara Kestelmann, Jenny Autter, Alice Krige, David Waller, and Jonathan Hyde in the cast. Adrian Nobel was director. See more »

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Peter Postlethwaite


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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At the end of the day, acting is all about telling lies. We are professional imposters and the audience accept that. We've made this deal that we tell you a tale and a pack of lies, but there will be a truth in it. You may enjoy it, or it will disturb you. See more »


Last name is pronounced "POSS-ul-thwait". See more »


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