Inception Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64

Celebrity News Jan. 3, 2011 AT 9:17AM
Inception Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64 Credit: Fergus McDonald/Getty Images

Actor Pete Postlethwaite lost his battle with cancer Sunday. He was 64.

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The Oscar-nominated Brit, once described by Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world," is perhaps best-known for his role in the 1993 film In the Name of the Father, as well as 2010's Inception and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

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Postlethwaite lived in the hills of rural Shropshire in western England. In addition to his film work, he was also a political activist who strongly opposed the war in Iraq.

Prior to his passing, the actor publicly thanked the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital staff for their "wonderful" treatment during his illness.

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The movie star is survived by his wife, Jacqui, his son, Will, and his daughter, Lily.

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