British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Daniel Day-Lewis’ father in 1993’s In The Name Of The Father, has died Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Shropshire, England after a lengthy illness. He was 64.
Postlethwaite managed a career that straddled both stage and screen work and his screen work spanned a wide variety of films. He appeared in such populist, blockbuster fare such as Alien 3, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Clash Of The Titans and Inception. He also appeared in such dramatic films as Amistad and In The Name Of The Father.
His 1996 Brassed Off has been credited with helping to inspire economic reform programs in England’s coalfield communities.
Postlethwaite’s last films include last year’s The Town and the upcoming Killing Bono.