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And Like That, He Was Gone - Pete Postlethwaite Dead At 64

Pete Postelthwaite (1946-2011)
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Once described by Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world," Pete Postlethwaite, who was known for memorable roles in The Usual Suspects, Inception, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Romeo & Juliet, and Amistad, died yesterday in a London hospital after battling cancer. He was 64

The British actor, who lived in rural western England and at one time considered becoming a priest, was nominated for a 1993 Academy Award for In the Name of the Father, as one of the many honors he received throughout his successful film, theater and television career. He was also known for being a political activist with vocal "opposition to the recent war in Iraq and his call for policies to fight global warming," reports the LA Times.

He publicly thanked the hospital staff shortly before his death for the "wonderful" treatment and care he received during his illness. Postlethwaite is survived by his wife, Jacqui, his son, Will, and daughter, Lily.