Beyond his work in "The Usual Suspects," Postlethwaite had a lengthy and varied career, appearing in movies like "Inception," "Brassed Off," "Romeo + Juliet," the 1993 film "In the Name of the Father" -- which earned him the Oscar nomination -- and more. After they worked together on "Amistad" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg called him "probably the best actor in the world."
Surge Desk rounded up some clips of Postlethwaite in action.
1. "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
Postlethwaite as the lawyer Kobayashi faces some intimidation.
2. "Brassed Off" (1996)
Postlethwaite's inspirational speech may be best known to American audiences as the spoken-word intro to the Chumbawamba song "Tubthumper."
3. "King Lear" (2009)
The actor recently played King Lear on the British stage.
4. "The Age of Stupid" (2009)
Set in the future, this film served as a cautionary tale about climate change. Postlethwaite's character, an archivist, must keep humanity's legacy.
5. "In the Name of the Father" (1993)
In the film that got Postlethwaite nominated for an Academy Award, he plays Daniel Day-Lewis' father. (Warning: explicit language)
6. "Romeo + Juliet" (1996)
Postlethwaite, who once considered becoming a priest in real life, plays a priest marrying the star-crossed lovers.
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