Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at the age of 64 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Andrew Richardson, a close friend of Postlethwaite, announced the news that the Warrington-born actor passed away peacefully in hospital in Shropshire on Sunday. Postlethwaite was one of the most recognibale faces in the Industry, once described by Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world."
The actor replied later, showing his keen wit, “I’m sure what Spielberg actually said was, ‘the thing about Pete is that he thinks he’s the best actor in the world." He was nominated for the best supporting actor Academy Award in 1993 for his performance in In the Name of the Father. His filmwork include Alien 3, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Shipping News, The Constant Gardener, The Usual Suspects' Brassed Off and Romeo Juliet. His most recent appearances were in Inception and The Town last year. Postlethwaite is survived by his wife, Jacqui, son, Will, and daughter, Lily.