Veteran British actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was 64.
Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said the star passed away peacefully in hospital in Shropshire, England yesterday following a lengthy illness.
The actor underwent treatment for testicular cancer after being diagnosed with the condition in 1990.
Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the father of Daniel Day-Lewis’s character in the 1993 In the Name of the Father. Last year, he appeared in the blockbuster Inception and The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck.
His last film, Killing Bono, is set for release in April.
Steven Spielberg, who directed Postlewaite in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad, once called him “the best actor in the world.”
Postlethwaite, who originally wanted to be a priest, replied, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘the thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s the best actor in the world.’ ”
Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: ‘The loss of the great Pete Postlethwaite is a very sad way to begin a year.’
Writer Neil McCormick, who worked with the actor in his last film Killing Bono, wrote on Twitter: ‘RIP Pete Postlethwaite. We were privileged to have him in Killing Bono when he knew the end was near. Such a sweet, funny performance too.’
Postlethwaite leaves his wife, Jacqui, his son Will and daughter, Lily.