UK actor Peter Postlethwaite dies aged 64

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Peter Postlethwaite
Image: Dave Morris.

The man that Steven Spielberg once called "possibly the best actor in the world", has died. Peter Postlethwaite (OBE), a resident of England who worked as an actor for over 40 years, died of testicular cancer in Shropshire at the age of 64, according to his friend Andrew Richardson.

Postlethwaite, born in Warrington in 1946, was most famous for his starring role in such films as Brassed Off, The Usual Suspects and, more recently, Inception. He was also known to be a stage performer. In 1993, he was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor.

He is survived by wife Jacqui and children Will and Lily - aged 21 and 14, respectively.