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Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in director Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father. He will next be seen starring with Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener based on the John Le Carré novel.

An international actor of considerable repute, Postlethwaite's many stand-out performances include the father in Distant Voice, Still Lives directed by Terence Davies, Friar Laurence in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Danny Ormondroyd in Brassed Off, Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects, Tert Card in The Shipping News, and, for Steven Spielberg, Roland Tembo in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Holabird in Amistad. His films also include Strange Bedfellows, Triggermen, Between Strangers with Sophia Loren, The Limit and Among Giants. Television roles include Len Green in The Sins, Deric Longden in Lost for Words and Montague Tigg in Martin Chuzzelwit.

One of the most widely respected British stage actors, Postlethwaite has appeared in London's West End with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Royal Court and the Royal Exchange in the principal roles of Macbeth, King Lear, Henry V, Richard III and Cyrano de Bergerac (Stratford and New York). He has appeared at the Royal Court in Magnificence, Cromwell, Elizabeth I and Flying Blind. For the National Theatre, he played Yang Sun in The Good Person of Sichuan and Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which was also seen at the Aldwych. Other appearances include The Duchess of Malfi (Royal Exchange and Round House) and The Recruiting Officer (Bristol Old Vic and Edinburgh Festival). In 1997 he toured in the title role of Macbeth, directed by George Costigan and designed by Ashley Martin-Davis, and in January 2002 he played the role of Max in The Homecoming at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Most recently, Postlethwaite garnered critical acclaim for his one-man show, Scaramouche Jones, receiving a nomination for the TMA Award for Best Actor and winning the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Solo Performance.


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Pete Postlethwaite Facts

Birth NamePeter William Postlethwaite
OccupationActor
BirthdayFebruary 7, 1945
SignAquarius
BirthplaceWarrington, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathJanuary 2, 2011 (Shropshire, England, United Kingdom, age 65)

Selected Filmography

The Town
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
James and the Giant Peach
The Usual Suspects
Jurassic Park Collection: Jurassic Park
Solomon Kane
Dragonheart
Romeo & Juliet
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