Pete Postlethwaite (1946 -- 2011)
Warrington born Pete Postlethwaite started his career at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in the 1970's working with Julie Walters and Bill Nighy. Nighy paid tribute to "a rare and remarkable man" stating "I was honoured by his friendship - he is irreplaceable".
He did a lot of work in the theatre and television as well as movies. Although he was never a "star" he could always be relied upon to give truthful "character" performances. After early appearances in small parts for television programmes such as The Professionals, his first film success was in the 1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives. His varied film career saw him star in Alien 3, Brassed Off, The Constant Gardener and Romeo & Juliet.
Postlethwaite will be remembered for his role as the mysterious lawyer 'Kobayashi' in The Usual Suspects. Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who worked with Postlethwaite on The Usual Suspects, said "no-one was like Pete, he was a great man of the theatre as well and carved a unique life for himself in film"
Steven Spielberg, who worked with the actor in films including The Lost World: Jurassic Park described Postlethwaite as "the best actor in the world".
His work in film was recognised in 1994, when he was nominated for an Oscar for In The Name of the Father about the IRA's Guildford pub bombings. Ten years later in the 2004 New Year's honours list he was appointed OBE.
He is survived by his wife and two children.