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Know Your “That Guy”: Pete Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite

Born: February 7, 1946

Died: January 2, 2011

Number of Roles: 94

Best Known for Playing: Menacing gangsters, Stern fathers

First Appearance: Ecco in The Racer (1975)

Most Recent Appearance: Fergus “Fergie” Colm in The Town (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Roland Tembo in The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Maurice Fischer in Inception
  • Spyros in Clash of the Titans
  • Father Brennan in The Omen
  • Father Laurence in Romeo+Juliet
  • Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects
  • Giueseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father
  • Keeper in Aeon Flux
  • Holabird in Amistad
  • Gilbert of Glockenspur in Dragonheart
  • David in Alien 3

Fun Facts:

  • Steven Spielberg called him “the greatest actor in the world”.
  • One of his quotes from the movie Brassed Off is the start of the song Tubthumping
  • Broke his nose playing rugby as a kid and broke it numerous times later in life in barroom brawls.
  • One of his biggest fans is Daniel Day-Lewis.

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