Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dead at 64

Oscar nominee had been battling cancer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 10:45 AM CST
An Aug. 30, 2002 photo from files showing Sophia Loren and Pete Postlethwaite during a photocall at the 59th International Venice Film Festival, Terrazza del Casino in Lido, Venice, Italy.   (AP Photo/PA, Myung Jung Kim, File)
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(Newser) – Pete Postlethwaite, who received an Oscar nomination for his role as Daniel Day-Lewis' character's father in In the Name of the Father, died yesterday at 64 after a long cancer fight. Most recently, the English actor had appeared in Inception and Ben Affleck’s The Town. He was also politically active, protesting the Iraq war and promoting awareness on issues involving poverty and global warming, the Independent reports. Steven Spielberg, who directed him in two films, once called him “the best actor in the world.” Click for more on Postlethwaite.

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