Pete Postlethwaite Dies at 64

If you don’t recognize the name you’ll recognize the face – Sir Peter Postlethwaite has died at the age of 64 following a long battle with cancer.

Sir Pete had two well-known Shakespeare roles – he played Father Laurence to Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes in the 1996 Romeo+Juliet, but he also played the Player King in Mel Gibson’s 1990 Hamlet.

Updated: Obviously the man had much more Shakespeare to his credit than I’ve…well, given him credit for.

Here’s a snippet of his King Lear. Terrible video, but you can hear his delivery.

Here’s his Prospero. Much better video, although the costuming is unusual – he seems to have just walked on stage in his bathrobe and little else.

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