One of Britain’s, and indeed the World’s, greatest actors has died today. Pete Postlethwaite has died at the age of 64 after a long struggle with Cancer, peacefully at a Hospital in Shropshire. He continued working despite being treated for his illness, having very recently been seen in Inception, The Town and Clash of the Titans. 

Postlethwaite didn’t always want to be an actor, as early in his career he had aspirations to be a P.E. Teacher and a Priest. But drama was his calling and he joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to work on his acting skills. He went on to begin a stage career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre before becoming a long-standing member of the Royal London Shakespeare Company. He began his screen career with a small role in Ridley Scott’s debut film The Duellists, and started to make a name in Hollywood with the likes of Alien 3 and The Last of the Mohicans. Having firmly established himself as a very talented character actor and saw more roles coming his way, with his Oscar nominated turn in In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects and working with Steven Spielberg twice on The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad. Spielberg called Postlethwaite the greatest actor in the world. Postlethwaite was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his contributions to drama.

His final screen appearance will be in the upcoming Killing Bono which hits U.K. theatres on April 1st. He leaves behind his wife and two children. All that is left to say is rest in peace Pete, a truly great legend of film.