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RIP Pete Postlethwaite

January 3, 2011

Today is a very sad day, folks. At 64, we have lost one of the most under-appreciated actors of the past two decades. Maybe you remember him as Kobayashi from The Usual Suspects, or Giuseppe Conlon from In the Name of the Father, or even just his badass five minutes spent cutting roses and chewing out Ben Affleck in The Town, but whether you’ve been on the Postlethwaite bandwagon for years or if he’s always been That Guy, he was no freakin’ joke. Truly a shame, especially when it seemed like he was finally starting to get his due.

You were the man, Pete, and you will be missed.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 11:32 pm

    Don’t forget he was also the elder Fischer in Inception – a small but prophetic role.

    • January 4, 2011 12:07 pm

      I saw that role of his referenced in a couple posts yesterday, but I totally forgot who he played until you mentioned it specifically. Good role, indeed. Dude really was a great actor.

  2. January 4, 2011 12:56 pm

    Bummer! He’s such a chameleon and versatile actor, one of the best character actors Hollywood ever had. He was the best thing in Clash of the Titans who still bothered to act. He’ll be sorely missed.

    • January 4, 2011 1:06 pm

      You said it, Ruth. And even though I didn’t see Clash and probably never will, I’m sure you’re right.

      • January 5, 2011 4:51 pm

        No, don’t bother seeing Clash. There are a bazillion other films much more worthy of Pete’s presence.

      • January 6, 2011 12:28 pm

        Agreed. Will continue to avoid it at all costs.

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