Pete Postlethwaite

Lowest Rated: 9% Aeon Flux (2005)
Birthday: Feb 16, 1946
Birthplace: Warrington, Cheshire, England,
An esteemed veteran of British theater and television, Pete Postlethwaite entered feature films in 1984, and thereafter gained international recognition as one of the best character actors of the 1990s, noted for his reliable and often powerful performances. On stage, he performed with such prestigious groups as the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Liverpool Everyman, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Postlethwaite entered film in the chaotic comedy A Private Function (1984). His first big break came when he played the tyrannical patriarch in Terence Davies's Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). Notable subsequent film credits include Oscar-nominated supporting turns as Guiseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father (1993), the Player King in Hamlet (1990), and a nicely over-the-top villain in Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997). Later that same year, Postlethwaite set sail with Spielberg one again, only this time in decidedly more grim capacity, in the historical slave drama Amistad. Though many moviegoers may not have necessarily pegged Postlethwaite as leading man material, his role as a man who experiences a strange transformation in the 2000 family comedy Rat proved him well capable of holding his own for an hour-and-a-half. His supporting roles becoming ever more prominant as the decade wore on, Postlethwaite navigated multiple genres with ease by turning up as a crusty building supervisor in the psychological horror thriller Dark Water, the keeper of a great conspiracy in the sci-fi action entry Æon Flux, and a shady drug company man in The Constant Gardener, a dramatic thriller detailing a determined widower's efforts to solve the mystery of his wife's murder. A scenery-chewing turn as an ill-fated priest attempting to save his soul in the high-profile 2006 remake The Omen preceded yet another trip into dark territory in Lamberto Bava's Ghost Son. Occasionally, Postlethwaite also tackled starring roles such as that of Danny in the upbeat British outing Brassed Off (1996) or the crazed Thomas Smithers in The Serpent's Kiss (1997). Postlethwaite died of cancer at age 64 in early 2011.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Liyarn Ngarn Actor 2013
66% Solomon Kane William Crowthorn 2012
56% Killing Bono Karl 2011
93% The Town Fergus "Fergie" Colm $92.2M 2010
87% Inception Maurice Fischer $292.6M 2010
27% Clash of the Titans Spyros $163.2M 2010
73% The Age of Stupid The Archivist 2009
No Score Yet King Conqueror Actor 2009
No Score Yet Criminal Justice Hooch 2008
33% Closing the Ring Quinlan 2007
No Score Yet Red Mercury Gold Commander 2007
No Score Yet Ghost Son Actor 2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition) Actor 2007
26% The Omen Father Brennan $54.7M 2006
No Score Yet Valley of the Heart's Delight Actor 2006
9% Aeon Flux Keeper $25.9M 2005
83% The Constant Gardener Lorbeer $33.6M 2005
47% Dark Water Veeck $25.5M 2005
80% Strange Bedfellows Russel McKenzie 2004
No Score Yet Gone Dark Actor 2004
No Score Yet Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion Charles Burchell 2003
No Score Yet The Limit (Gone Dark) Gale Carmody 2003
25% Between Strangers John 2002
No Score Yet Triggermen Ben Cutler 2002
55% The Shipping News Tert X. Card $11.5M 2001
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Actor 2001
No Score Yet Rat Hubert 2000
20% When the Sky Falls The Commandant 2000
No Score Yet Cowboy Up Reid Braxton 2000
No Score Yet Lost for Words Deric 1999
No Score Yet Butterfly Collectors John McKeown 1999
40% Animal Farm Benjamin Jones 1999
60% Among Giants Raymond 'Ray' 1999
33% Alice in Wonderland Carpenter 1999
No Score Yet The Divine Ryans Uncle Reg 1999
No Score Yet Bandyta (Brute) Actor 1998
77% Amistad Holabird 1997
79% Brassed Off Danny 1997
54% The Lost World - Jurassic Park Roland Tembo 1997
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss Thomas Director 1997
No Score Yet Crimetime Sidney 1996
72% Romeo + Juliet Father Laurence 1996
50% Dragonheart Gilbert 1996
91% James and the Giant Peach Old Man 1996
No Score Yet Suite 16 Actor 1996
No Score Yet When Saturday Comes Ken Jackson 1996
89% The Usual Suspects Kobayashi 1995
No Score Yet Suite 16 Glover 1994
No Score Yet Sharpe's Enemy Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sharpe's Company Actor 1994
No Score Yet Martin Chuzzlewit Actor 1994
No Score Yet Anchoress William Carpenter 1993
94% In the Name of the Father Giuseppe Conlon 1993
53% Waterland Henry Crick 1992
95% The Last of the Mohicans Capt. Beams 1992
No Score Yet Split Second Paulsen 1992
42% Alien3 David 1992
No Score Yet The Grass Arena Actor 1991
74% Hamlet Player King 1990
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure) George Merry 1990
No Score Yet The Dressmaker Jack 1988
81% Distant Voices, Still Lives Father 1988
80% To Kill a Priest Joseph 1988
88% A Private Function Nuttal 1985


No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • 1999