A longtime friend of actor Pete Postlethwaite has told the British press that the 64-year-old actor has died in a hospital in Shropshire, central England, while receiving treatment for cancer.
Postlethwaite was a greatly respected actor in the industry, having received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father. He’ll probably best be remembered for his role as Kobayashi in Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, but he also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, David Fincher’s Alien 3, The Last of the Mohicans and dozens of other films.
Last year alone, Postlethwaite appeared in three of Warner Bros.’ biggest films, the remake of Clash of the Titans (playing Sam Worthington’s adopted father), Christopher Nolan’s Inception (playing Cillian Murphy’s dying father), and in Ben Affleck’s The Town as “The Florist.”
He’s survived by his wife Jackie and their two children.