Postlethwaite was born in the town of Warrington in the county of Cheshire in 1946, the youngest of four children. He trained as a Teacher and taught drama at Loreto College in Manchester, England, before training as an actor at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre School. Postlethwaite’s acting career began at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre and he was a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare company and other acting companies.
After a string of appearances in small parts on television programmes, Postlthwaite’s first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988). For his performance In The Name Of The Father (1993) he received an academy award nomination. His role as the mysterious lawyer in The Usual Suspects (1995) was hugely memorable and probably one for which he will be most remembered. He later made appearances in several other successful movies, including Alien 3 (1992), Amistad (1997), Brassed Off (1996), The Shipping News (2001), The Constant Gardener (2005) and Inception (2010).
Steven Spielberg once called Postlethwaite, “The best actor in the world,” after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), to which Postlethwaite replied, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually meant was the thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s the best actor in the world.”
In 2008 he starred in the stage production of King Lear at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and at the Young Vic Theatre in London. He then appeared in the climate change themed movie The Age Of Stupid (2009). Postlethwaite was a passionate environmentalist, so much so that he installed a wind turbine in his rear garden.
Contact the Author: MikeStringer@ArtsandEntertainmentPlayground.com