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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 Ghost Son
Doc
 2005 Æon Flux
Keeper
 2005 Red Mercury
Gold Commander
 2005 The Constant Gardener
Lorbeer
 2005 Dark Water
Veeck
 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
Holabird
 1997 Bandyta
Sincai
 1997 The Serpent's Kiss
Thomas Smithers
 1996 Crimetime
Sidney
 1994 Suite 16
Glover
 1993 Anchoress
William Carpenter
 1992 The Last of the Mohicans
Capt. Beams
 1992 Waterland
Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Alien³
David
 1988 Number 27
Becket
 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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Other Works:

Played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" - UK tour (1997). See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Peter Postlethwaite

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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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 »

Trivia:

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 »

Trademark:

Distinctive gruff voice See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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RIP Pete tokyoblue1969
Anyone surprised about his death? Victarion
what a beast lilsap308
All over the place again paustecri
OMG I DID NOT KNOW MAURICE FISCHER DIED! dreamweaver-x
Thinking of you on your birthday! mariacarabin
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