Pete Postlethwaite

An English stage, film and television actor. After minor television appearances including in The Professionals, Postlethwaite's first success came with the film Distant Voices, Still Lives in 1988. He played a mysterious lawyer, Mr. Kobayashi, in The Usual Suspects, and he appeared in Alien 3, In the Name of the Father, Amistad, Brassed Off, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Age of Stupid, Inception, The Town, Romeo + Juliet, and Æon Flux. In television, Postlethwaite's most notable performance was as the villain Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill in the Sharpe television series and television movies opposite actor Sean Bean's character of Richard Sharpe. Postlethwaite was born in Warrington, England in 1946. He trained as a teacher and taught drama before training as an actor. Steven Spielberg called Postlethwaite "the best actor in the world" after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He received an Academy Award nomination for his role in In the Name of the Father in 1993, and was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2004 New Year's Honours List. He died of pancreatic cancer on 2 January 2011. Description above from the Wikipedia article Pete Postlethwaite, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Inception (2010)

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Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Elliot Page  •  Tom Hardy

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Elliot Page  •  Tom Hardy

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that he has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove and a wildlife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Julianne Moore  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Richard Attenborough

Four years after Jurassic Park's genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm by revealing that he has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his paleontologist ladylove and a wildlife ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Jeff Goldblum  •  Julianne Moore  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Richard Attenborough

The Usual Suspects (1995)

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Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Benicio del Toro

Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Singer
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Stephen Baldwin  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Benicio del Toro

Alice in Wonderland (1999)

Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a whimsical Wonderland, where she meets characters like the delightful Cheshire Cat, the clumsy White Knight, a rude caterpillar, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts and can grow ten feet tall or shrink to three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Willing
CAST:  Tina Majorino  •  Robbie Coltrane  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Miranda Richardson

Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a whimsical Wonderland, where she meets characters like the delightful Cheshire Cat, the clumsy White Knight, a rude caterpillar, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts and can grow ten feet tall or shrink to three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Willing
CAST:  Tina Majorino  •  Robbie Coltrane  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Miranda Richardson

Alien³ (1992)

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After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The prison does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Charles Dance  •  Pete Postlethwaite

After escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, Ripley crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility. Unfortunately, although Newt and Hicks do not survive the crash, a more unwelcome visitor does. The prison does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Charles Dance  •  Pete Postlethwaite

Amistad (1997)

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Djimon Hounsou  •  Morgan Freeman

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Djimon Hounsou  •  Morgan Freeman

Æon Flux (2005)

400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karyn Kusama
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Marton Csokas  •  Jonny Lee Miller  •  Sophie Okonedo

400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux, the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karyn Kusama
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Marton Csokas  •  Jonny Lee Miller  •  Sophie Okonedo

Brassed Off (1996)

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A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

A Yorkshire coal mine is threatened with closure and the only hope is for the men to enter their Grimley Colliery Brass Band into a national competition. They believe they have no hope until Gloria appears carrying her Flugelhorn. At first mocked for being a woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Tara Fitzgerald  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Stephen Tompkinson

Closing the Ring (2007)

During the 1940s, a group of young men go off to war, leaving behind Ethel Ann, who is in love with one of them, Teddy. In modern-day Belfast, a man named Jimmy endeavors to return a ring found in the wreckage of a crashed plane. He travels to Michigan, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Dylan Roberts  •  Gene Dinovi

During the 1940s, a group of young men go off to war, leaving behind Ethel Ann, who is in love with one of them, Teddy. In modern-day Belfast, a man named Jimmy endeavors to return a ring found in the wreckage of a crashed plane. He travels to Michigan, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Dylan Roberts  •  Gene Dinovi

Dark Water (2005)

Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Salles
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tim Roth  •  Dougray Scott

Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Salles
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tim Roth  •  Dougray Scott

Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988)

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Davies
CAST:  Lorraine Ashbourne  •  Jean Boht  •  Carl Chase  •  Angela Walsh

The second film in Terence Davies's autobiographical series (along with "Trilogy" and "The Long Day Closes") is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, based on Davies's own family. Through a series of exquisite tableaux ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Davies
CAST:  Lorraine Ashbourne  •  Jean Boht  •  Carl Chase  •  Angela Walsh

DragonHeart (1996)

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  David Thewlis  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Dina Meyer

In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Cohen
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  David Thewlis  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Dina Meyer

Hamlet (1990)

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Glenn Close  •  Alan Bates  •  Paul Scofield

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Glenn Close  •  Alan Bates  •  Paul Scofield

In the Name of the Father (1993)

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A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sheridan
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Emma Thompson  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  John Lynch

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sheridan
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Emma Thompson  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  John Lynch

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Joanna Lumley  •  Miriam Margolyes  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Richard Dreyfuss

When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Joanna Lumley  •  Miriam Margolyes  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Richard Dreyfuss

The Constant Gardener (2005)

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Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Meirelles
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Danny Huston  •  Bill Nighy

Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very dangerous conspiracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Meirelles
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Danny Huston  •  Bill Nighy

The Duellists (1977)

In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Albert Finney  •  Robert Stephens

In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Albert Finney  •  Robert Stephens

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

As the British and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by Hawkeye, an orphaned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Russell Means  •  Eric Schweig

As the British and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by Hawkeye, an orphaned ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Madeleine Stowe  •  Russell Means  •  Eric Schweig

The Omen (2006)

A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  Julia Stiles  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  David Thewlis

A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Moore
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  Julia Stiles  •  Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick  •  David Thewlis

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Claire Danes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Harold Perrineau

In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baz Luhrmann
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Claire Danes  •  John Leguizamo  •  Harold Perrineau
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