Actor Pete Postlethwaite dies of cancer at 64

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Pete Postlethwaite, the British actor known for his craggy face and simmering onscreen temperament, has died from cancer at age 64, the AP reports. The news was confirmed Monday by the AP.

Postlethwaite -- perhaps best known to Juice*heads in movies like Inception, Amistad, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Usual Suspects, Krull and an Oscar-nominated role in In the Name of the Father -- had been described by Steven Spielberg as "probably the best actor in the world," thanks to his presence in roles. He was trained at the Bristol old Vic theater and had extensive stage experience, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He played King Lear at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, a company he had worked with in his youth, the AP says.

"Anyone who worked with him felt great affection for him," actor David Schneider told BBC News. "He was very un-actory. Sort of like a national treasure. There is so much affection for him; he was a wonderful actor and a wonderful bloke." He is survived by his wife, Jacqui, his son Will and daughter, Lily.

[Photo: Getty Images, 2008]

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