Pete Postlethwaite 1946 - 2011
Pete Postlethwaite, OBE
There are times when the death of a stranger affects me deeply. I never met Pete Postlethwaite, I saw him only on a screen but I felt as if I knew him. His death hit me like a personal loss.
He was more than a superb actor.
I remember the roles he played of course, but there was a lot more to Pete Postlethwaite than the unforgettable characters he brought to life.
Postlethwaite and Social Justice
Pete Postlethwaite was an active supporter of the Make Poverty History campaign. He addressed government bodies and spoke at rallies. He marched against the war in Iraq, and spoke out against global warming.
Postlethwaite in Australia
An old friend, Billy Johnson, told Postlethwaite of the murder of his adopted Aboriginal son, Louis St John Johnson, who was beaten to death on a Perth suburban street in 1992 for seemingly no reason other than the colour of his skin.
Postlethwaite, shocked at such a crime and at the prevalence of deaths in custody, decided to act.
He teamed with Dodson and Archie Roach - who wrote the song Looking For Butterboy to celebrate Louis's life - on a tour through both the West Australian outback and Johnson's past to change attitudes towards indigenous Australians.
The result was a powerful documentary, journey into injustice.- - Liyarn Ngarn - meaning coming together of the spirit in the Yawuru language.
Pete Postlethwaite on screen
Om the big screen I watched Pete Postlethwaite In Distant Voices, Still Lives, the neo-noir Usual Suspects, in Alien 3, Brassed Off and in Baz Luhman's Romeo and Juliet. .
I remember him most from In the Name of the Father, the biographical film based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, His portrayal of Guiseppe Conlon moved me to tears.
Postlethwaite - In the Name of the Father
The true story of a 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice
The best actor in the world
Postlethwaite, who was made an OBE in 2004, was described by Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world". They worked together on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad, both released in 1997.
In response to the praise, Postlethwaite quipped: "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world'."
The Constant Gardener
Ralph Fiennes and Pete Postlethwaite in The Constant Gardener
A murder mystery with excellent actors in beautiful African scenery.
Based on a novel by John Le Carre
More Movies with Pete Postlethwaite
A funny and fiendish thriller
Delightful and entertaining comedy
With Pete Postlethwaite as Fr. Laurence
Pete had a beautifully trained voice
From Brassed Off
Note : At the very end of this clip is one swear word. Stop the video at 1.50 if the word could offend you
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Farewell Pete Postelthwaite
He was a teacher before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He died on January 3, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed.
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