Sad news to start off the first full week of the new year, folks: Pete Postlethwaite, the English actor recognizable for roles in Alien 3, Inception and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64.
Postlethwaite enjoyed many accomplishments over the course of his sadly shortened career, receiving an Oscar nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in In the Name of the Father, a chillingly memorable turn as Keyser Soze's righthand man Kobayashi in The Usual Suspects and enormous praise from director Steven Spielberg, who once called Postlethwaite "the best actor in the world."
"I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world,'" the actor joked in response to the compliment.
He's survived by wife Jaqui, son Will and daughter Lily.
[via Sky News]