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Pete Postlethwaite

Peter William “Pete” Postlethwaite OBE (7 February 1946 – 2 January 2011) was an English actor. After minor television appearances, including in The Professionals, his first success came with the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives. He played a mysterious lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and appeared in Alien 3, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Age of Stupid, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo + Juliet, and Inception.

In television, Postlethwaite played Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill on Sharpe. He trained as a teacher and taught drama before training as an actor. Director Steven Spielberg called him “the best actor in the world” after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in In the Name of the Father in 1993 and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year Honours list. Less than a month after his death, he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben Affleck’s The Town.

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