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Pete Postlethwaite

Highest Rated:   100% A Private Function (1985)
Lowest Rated:   10% Aeon Flux (2005)
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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 ├ćon 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Liyarn Ngarn
  • Actor
2013
66% Solomon Kane
  • William Crowthorn
2012
55% Killing Bono
  • Karl
2011
94% The Town
  • Fergus "Fergie" Colm
$92.2M 2010
86% Inception
  • Maurice Fischer
$292.6M 2010
28% 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 Valley of the Heart's Delight
  • Albion Munson
2008
No Score Yet Criminal Justice
  • Hooch
2008
31% 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
27% The Omen
  • Father Brennan
$54.6M 2006
No Score Yet Valley of the Heart's Delight
  • Actor
2006
10% Aeon Flux
  • Keeper
$25.9M 2005
84% The Constant Gardener
  • Lorbeer
$33.6M 2005
46% 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
  • BenjaminJones
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
76% Amistad
  • Holabird
1997
79% Brassed Off
  • Danny
1997
53% The Lost World - Jurassic Park
  • Roland Tembo
1997
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss
  • Director
  • Thomas
1997
No Score Yet Crimetime
  • Sidney
1996
72% Romeo + Juliet
  • Father Laurence
1996
50% Dragonheart
  • Gilbert
1996
93% James and the Giant Peach
  • Old Man
1996
No Score Yet Suite 16
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet When Saturday Comes
  • Ken Jackson
1996
88% 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
58% Waterland
  • Henry Crick
1992
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Capt. Beams
1992
No Score Yet Split Second
  • Paulsen
1992
46% Alien3
  • David
1992
No Score Yet The Grass Arena
  • Actor
1991
76% Hamlet
  • Player King
1990
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • George Merry
1990
No Score Yet The Dressmaker
  • Jack
1988
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • Father
1988
80% To Kill a Priest
  • Joseph
1988
100% A Private Function
  • Nuttal
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Deric
  • 1999

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