The Career of Pete Postlethwaite, The Oscar-Nominated Character Actor With a Distinctive Look

In episode 17 of his series No Small Parts, host Brandon Hardesty takes a look at the remarkable career of the late Pete Postlethwaite, whose unique face made very recognizable British character actor, but whose American notoriety didn’t really take off until the 1980s. Throughout his career, Postlethwaite has played an immense variety of characters, many of them sinister, however the actor’s incredible flexibility also allowed him to play more complex roles, such as the Oscar-nominated role as Patrick “Giuseppe” Conlon in the 1993 film In the Name of the Father .

Described once by Steven Spielberg as “the greatest actor in the world,” Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite was a go-to character actor throughout the 80s, 90s, and 00s. He’s known for films like ‘In the Name of the Father’, ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Amistad’ and plenty more.