Pete Postlethwaite R.I.P.

Pete Postlethwaite as Spyros in CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)

Pete Postlethwaite as Spyros in CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)

The Guardian reports that Pete Postlethwaite died on January 2 of cancer. The 64-year-old thespian, who earned fame and respect for his Oscar-nominated performance in IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1993), had a wide-ranging resume that extended back to 1975; included were numerous genre titles: ALIEN 3 (1992), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996), DRAGONHEART (1996), THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997), ALICE IN WONDERLAND (a 1999 TV movie), ANIMAL FARM (a 1999 animated telefilm), DARK WATER (2005), AEON FLUX (2005), THE OMEN (2006), GHOST SON (2007), SOLOMON KANE (2009), CLASH OF THE TITANS, and INCEPTION (2010).

Postlethwaite was one of those consistently good character actor who was always worth watching; never a star, he was always memorable in his supporting roles. Case in point: despite the critical bile hurled at CLASH OF THE TITANS, Postlethwaite breathed a convincing humanity into his role as Spyros, so that his death carried the dramatic weight necessary to anchor Perseus’ quest to unseat the gods.

Postlethwaite’s last credit was KILLING BONO, scheduled for U.K. release in April.

Pete Postlethwaite as Roland Tumbo in JURASSIC PARK: THE LOST WORLD (1997) Pete Postlethwaite as Carpenter in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1999) Pete Postlethwaite with Jennifer Connelly in DARK WATER (2005) Pete Postlethwaite as the mysterious Old Man in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996) Pete Postlethwaite as Gilbert of Glockenspur in DRAGONHEART (1996) Pete Postlethwaite as Davd in ALIEN 3 (1992) Pete Postlethwaite as Keeper in AEON FLUX (2005) Pete Postlethwaite as Father Brennan in THE OMEN (2006)

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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