Peter William Postlethwaite

Peter William Postlethwaite

Birth
Warrington, Warrington Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
Death 2 Jan 2011 (aged 64)
Shrewsbury, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 63670767 · View Source
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British Actor. Born Peter William Postlethwaite to Mary and William Postlethwaite, a cooper, in Cheshire, England and grew up in Warrington, Lancashire. At 11, he spent two years in seminary, and later attended St. Mary's University in Twickenham. After graduation, he taught drama until he realized he actually wanted to act. He trained in repertory, including the Bristol Old Vic Drama School, the Liverpool Everyman, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the Royal Shakespeare Company making a reputation as a stage actor. In 1975, he made his television debut in the BBC drama anthology, “Second City Firsts.” Refusing any effort to typecast him, he took roles in comedies, dramas, television, and features, including a role in the children's show “Horse in the House,” the feature “A Private Function” (1984); the comic series, “Tales of Sherwood Forest,” the Hollywood features “Last of the Mohicans” (1992) and “In the Name of the Father” (1993) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. He delivered performances of note as the despicable Sgt. Hakeswill in the ITV movies “Sharpe's Company” and “Sharpe's Enemy” in 1994, and appeared as Father Laurence in “Romeo + Juliet” (1996). Other work included “The Usual Suspects (1995), “Amistad” (1997), “The Shipping News” (2001), “The Omen” (2007) “Clash of the Titans” (2010), and “Inceptions” (2010). He was created OBE in the 2004 New Year's Honors List. Despite a diagnosis of cancer in 2010, he continued to work, appearing in the crime drama “The Town,” and the feature “Killing Bono” (2011), while he completed writing, “A Spectacle of Dust: The Autobiography,” which would be published posthumously following his death at age 62.

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  • Added: 3 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63670767
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