Pete Postlethwaite (1946–2011)


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An oddly fascinating bloke with prominent bony cheeks and rawboned figure, Peter William (Pete) Postlethwaite was born on February 16, 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up the youngest of four siblings in a Catholic family in Warrington, Lancashire (near Liverpool) in middle-class surroundings to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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The Usual Suspects Kobayashi
(1995)
The Town Fergus 'Fergie' Colm
(2010)
Inception Maurice Fischer
(2010)
(1997)

Filmography

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 2011 Killing Bono
Karl
 2010 The Town
Fergus 'Fergie' Colm
 2010 Inception
Maurice Fischer
 2010 Clash of the Titans
Spyros
 2009 Waving at Trains (Short)
Douglas
 2009 Solomon Kane
William Crowthorn
 2008 Player (Short)
Colin
 2008 Criminal Justice (TV Series)
Hooch
- 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 Closing the Ring
Quinlan
 2007 Ghost Son
Doc
 2006 The Omen
Father Brennan
 2006 Valley of the Heart's Delight
Albion Munson
 2005 Æon Flux
Keeper
 2005 Red Mercury
Gold Commander
 2005 The Constant Gardener
Lorbeer
 2005 Dark Water
Veeck
 2004 The Limit (Video)
Gale
 2004 Strange Bedfellows
Russell McKenzie
 2003 Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (TV Series)
Charles Burchell
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Charles Burchell
- Episode #1.1 (2003) ... Charles Burchell
 2003 Wilde Stories: The Devoted Friend (TV Movie)
Arthur
 2003 Wilde Stories: The Nightingale and the Rose (TV Movie)
Arthur (voice)
 2003 The Selfish Giant (Short)
Arthur (voice)
 2002 Between Strangers
John
 2002 Triggermen
Ben Cutler
 2001 The Shipping News
Tert Card
 2001 Cowboy Up
Reid Braxton
 2000 Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings (TV Special)
Various Characters
 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 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Benjamin (voice) / Farmer Jones
 1999 The Divine Ryans
Uncle Reg Ryan
 1999 Wayward Son
Ben Alexander
 1999 Butterfly Collectors (TV Movie)
John McKeown
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Carpenter
 1999 Lost for Words (TV Movie)
Deric
 1998 Among Giants
Raymond 'Ray'
 1997 Amistad
Holabird
 1997 Bandyta
Sincai
 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Roland Tembo
 1997 The Serpent's Kiss
Thomas Smithers
 1996 Brassed Off
Danny
 1996 Romeo + Juliet
Father Laurence
 1996 Crimetime
Sidney
 1996 DragonHeart
Gilbert
 1996 James and the Giant Peach
Old Man
 1996 When Saturday Comes
Ken Jackson
 1995 The Usual Suspects
Kobayashi
 1994 Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini Series)
Tigg Montague / Montague Tigg
- Episode Six (1994) ... Tigg Montague
- Episode Five (1994) ... Tigg Montague
- Episode Four (1994) ... Tigg Montague
- Episode Two (1994) ... Montague Tigg
- Episode One (1994) ... Montague Tigg
 1994 Suite 16
Glover
 1994 Sharpe (TV Series)
Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill
- Sharpe's Enemy (1994) ... Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill
- Sharpe's Company (1994) ... Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill
 1987-1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
Mitch / The Dipper / Panter / ...
- Sin Bin (1994) ... Mitch
- The Grass Arena (1991) ... 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
 1994 Sinéad O'Connor: You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart (Music Video)
Giuseppe Conlon
 1993 In the Name of the Father
Giuseppe Conlon
 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 / Jack Wragg
- The Roof of All Evil (1993) ... Logie
- Back in Good Old England (1982) ... Jack Wragg (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Series short)
Quince
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1992) ... Quince (voice, as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Between the Lines (TV Series)
Ch. Supt. Jameson
- Out of the Game (1992) ... Ch. Supt. Jameson
 1992 The Last of the Mohicans
Capt. Beams
 1992 Waterland
Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Alien 3
David
 1992 The Bill (TV Series)
Ray Goller
- Principled Negotiation (1992) ... Ray Goller (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1992 Split Second
Paulsen
 1992 El C.I.D. (TV Series)
Vince
- Making Amends (1992) ... Vince (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1991 A Child from the South (TV Movie)
Harry
 1990 Zorro (TV Series)
Bandit
- The Marked Man (1990) ... Bandit (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1990 Hamlet
Player King
 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)
 1989 Tales of Sherwood Forest (TV Series)
Eric
- Stag Night (1989) ... Eric
- Back in Your Own Backyard (1989) ... Eric
- There's a Small Hotel (1989) ... Eric
 1988 Number 27 (TV Movie)
Becket
 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
 1986 Watching (TV Movie)
Stuart Shooter
 1985 Cyrano de Bergerac (TV Movie)
Ragueneau
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
Painter
- A Crack in the Ice (1985) ... Painter (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1985 Deceptions (TV Mini Series)
Driver (uncredited)
 1985 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (TV Series)
Barry
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Barry (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1984 A Private Function
Nuttal
 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 (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Danny Duggan
- The Muscle Market (1981) ... Danny Duggan (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1979 Horse in the House (TV Series)
Uncle Doug
- Right of Way: Part 2 (1979) ... Uncle Doug
- Right of Way: Part 1 (1979) ... Uncle Doug
- Stable Girl: Part 2 (1979) ... Uncle Doug
- Stable Girl: Part 1 (1979) ... Uncle Doug
- Strangles: Part 2 (1979) ... Uncle Doug
 1979 Afternoon Off (TV Movie)
Attendant in Art Gallery
 1978 Doris and Doreen (TV Movie)
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
Orderly shaving Gen. Treillard (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1976 Plays for Britain (TV Series)
Soldier
- The Paradise Run (1976) ... Soldier (as Peter Postlethwaite)
 1975 The Racer (Short)
Ecco
 1975 Second City Firsts (TV Series)
Duffy
- Thwum (1975) ... Duffy (as Peter Postlethwaite)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage play: Richard III - playing Hastings, at the Royal Shakespeare Company. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Peter Postlethwaite

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Jacqueline Morrish  (his death)  (2 children)

Children:

Billy Postlethwaite | See more »

Parents:

William Postlethwaite | Mary Postlethwaite

Relatives:

Michael Postlethwaite (sibling) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

He was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film Æon Flux (2005). However he failed to receive a nomination. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive gruff voice See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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