Or, as I fondly remember him, the monk from 1996’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, a movie that, like, defined my teenage years. And I’m not going to lie – a little bit of brief sadness sort of took my breath away when I heard the news.
Though Postlethwaite has a long, long repertoire of acting in television, theater, and movies such as the aforementioned Romeo + Juliet, and which recently included The Town, Inception, and Clash of the Titans, he also appeared in other major roles in films such as The Usual Suspects, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and The Constant Gardener. Even Steven Spielberg once referred to the man as the ‘greatest actor in the world,’ and I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that. You don’t need to win any awards whatsoever if Spielberg’s touting your on-screen talents for directors and producers to hear ’round the world.
Postlethwaite passed away earlier this weekend at a hospital in England, where it was said that he battled a lengthy bout with cancer that, obviously, in the end, won.
May your family be blessed with fond memories of your presence, and may you rest in peace, Pete.