Pete Postlethwaite

Actor, Teacher, Sheet metal worker
Possessing broken-nose looks as distinctive as his name, stage-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite started out in movies largely playing the heavy, trading on the natural menace inherent in his angular face. Though he made ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1945 in Warrington, Cheshire, GB

Filmography

Actor (63)

The Limit 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Valley in the Heart's Delight 2014 (Movie)

Albion Munson (Actor)

Solomon Kane 2012 (Movie)

William Crowthorn (Actor)

Killing Bono 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Clash of the Titans 2010 (Movie)

Spyros (Actor)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Maurice Fischer (Actor)

The Town 2010 (Movie)

Fergus "Fergie" Colm (Actor)

The Age of Stupid 2009 (Movie)

The Archivist (Actor)

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)

Quinlan (Actor)

Ghost Son 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Omen 2006 (Movie)

Father Brennan (Actor)

Aeon Flux 2005 (Movie)

Keeper (Actor)

Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Veeck (Actor)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

Lorbeer (Actor)

Strange Bedfellows 2004 (Movie)

Russell McKenzie (Actor)

Triggermen 2003 (Movie)

Ben Cutler (Actor)

Between Strangers 2002 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Sins 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy Up 2001 (Movie)

Reid Braxton (Actor)

Rat 2001 (Movie)

Huber (Actor)

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

Tert Card (Actor)

Animal Farm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost For Words 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

When the Sky Falls 2000 (Movie)

Martin Shaughnessy (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Among Giants 1999 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Brute 1999 (Movie)

Sincal (Actor)

Wayward Son 1998 (Movie)

Ben Alexander (Actor)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Holabird (Actor)

Brassed Off 1997 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Divine Ryans 1997 (Movie)

Uncle Reg (Actor)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

Roland Tembo (Actor)

The Serpent's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Thomas Smithers (Actor)

When Saturday Comes 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dragonheart 1996 (Movie)

Gilbert (Actor)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Father Laurence (Actor)

Suite 16 1996 (Movie)

Glover (Actor)

Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Crimetime 1995 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Sharpe II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Kobayashi (Actor)

Anchoress 1994 (Movie)

William Carpenter (Actor)

Cyrano de Bergerac 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

Giuseppe Conlon (Actor)

A Child From the South 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Split Second 1992 (Movie)

Paulsen (Actor)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

Captain Beams (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Henry Crick (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 (Movie)

Player King (Actor)

The Grass Arena 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Tumbledown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Distant Voices, Still Lives 1989 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

They Never Slept 1989 (Movie)

Panter (Actor)

To Kill a Priest 1989 (Movie)

Josef (Actor)

The Dressmaker 1988 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Coast to Coast 1985 (Movie)

Kecks McGuinness (Actor)

A Private Function 1983 (Movie)

Douglas Nuttal (Actor)

Fords on Water 1982 (Movie)

Winston's Boss (Actor)

Butterfly Collectors (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Possessing broken-nose looks as distinctive as his name, stage-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite started out in movies largely playing the heavy, trading on the natural menace inherent in his angular face. Though he made his film debut in the late 1970s, Postlewaite came into prominence a decade later thanks to a riveting performance as an abusive, alcoholic father in "Distant Voices, Still Lives" (1988). He soon broke into Hollywood with turns in Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990) and "Alien 3" (1992), while joining old friend and repertory mate Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992). But it was his incredible supporting performance as a quiet, but fiercely devoted father opposite Day-Lewis in "In the Name of the Father" (1993), which marked one of Postlewaite's finest performances of his career. He followed with an iconic turn as the mysterious lawyer to feared crime figure Keyser Söze in the acclaimed crime thriller, "The Usual Suspects" (1995). Because of those two key roles, doors were opened to Postlewaite, who began enjoying greater prominence in major feature films like "Amistad" (1997) and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997), while continuing to film acclaimed British-made movies such as "Brassed Off" (1996). By the time he landed supporting roles in "Inception" (2010) and "The Town" (2010), Postlewaite had become one of the most sough-after character actors working in the business.

Relationships

William Postlethwaite

Father
Died in 1988

Jacqueline Postlethwaite

Wife
Met while he was filming a BBC drama married in 2003

Lily Postlethwaite

Daughter
Born in 1996 mother, Jacqueline Morrish

William Postlethwaite

Son
Born in 1989 mother, Jacqueline Morrish

Mary Postlethwaite

Mother

Julie Walters Actor

Companion
Worked together at the Liverpool Everyman repertory no longer together

EDUCATION

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Bristol , England
Trained as an actor

St Mary's College

Harlow , Essex
Trained as a teacher

Milestones

2010

Played Spyros in the remake of the fantasy epic, "Clash of the Titans," opposite Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson

2010

Cast in the ensemble crime drama, "The Town," directed by Ben Affleck

2010

Acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi thriller, "Inception"

2008

Cast in a recurring role on the BBC's "Criminal Justice"

2006

Cast in John Moore's remake of the 1976 classic horror film, "The Omen"

2005

Cast opposite Jennifer Connelly in the thriller, "Dark Water," directed by Walter Salles

2005

Co-starred in "The Constant Gardener," a thriller based on the best-selling John le Carre novel and directed by Academy Award-nominated Fernando Meirelles

2002

Appeared in a Manchester, England revival of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

2001

Played newspaperman Tert Card in "The Shipping News"

2001

Had a stage hit in Dublin with the one-person show "Scaramouche Jones"; recreated role at the Bristol Old Vic in 2002 before embarking on tour of Great Britain

2000

Supported Joan Allen in "When the Sky Falls," a fictionalized account of the life of slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin

1999

Had first romantic role opposite Rachel Griffiths in "Among Giants"; played a pylon painter who falls for an itinerant Australian woman

1999

Starred as a detective in the TV production, "Butterfly Collectors" (aired in USA on HBO Signature)

1999

Played the Carpenter opposite Peter Ustinov's Walrus in NBC presentation of "Alice in Wonderland"

1999

Played Farmer Jones in TNT's live action-animatronic version of "Animal Farm"

1997

Portrayed the chief prosecutor in Spielberg's "Amistad"

1997

First association with director Steven Spielberg, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"; played Roland Tembo, the English "phliosopher-hunter"

1997

Starred in the British stage production of "Macbeth"

1996

Offered outstanding turn as the dying Yorkshire bandleader in Mark Herman's "Brassed Off"

1996

Played Father Laurence, the go-between for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann's modern-dress version of "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"

1995

Was memorable as Kobayashi, Keyser Soze's deadpan go-between, in "The Usual Suspects"

1995

Gave a rich performance as the upwardly mobile chiseler Montague Tigg in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (aired in USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")

1993

Received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Day-Lewis' father in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"

1992

Played an inmate of the planetary asylum at which Sigourney Weaver's Ripley arrives in "Alien3"

1992

Acted with Day-Lewis in "The Last of the Mohicans"

1988

Portrayed Liverpudlian drunk who routinely battered his wife and terrified his children in Terence Davies' "Distant Voices, Still Lives"

1987

Left the Royal Shakespeare Company

1984

Appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Hastings in the Antony Sher production of "Richard III"

1979

Directed Day-Lewis in Mike Stout's "Funny Peculiar"

1979

First met actor Daniel Day-Lewis while acting with the British Old Vic repertory; Day-Lewis was his understudy for the role of Ulysses in "Troilus and Cressida"

1977

Early film appearance, a small role in Ridley Scott's "The Duellists"

Performed at the Manchester Royal Exchange, the Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool's Everyman Theatre

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