Pete Postlethwaite, a distinguished character actor with a remarkably craggy*, timeworn* face, was confirmed dead on Monday. He was 64.     Postlethwaite was part of a small coterie of British actors who came up together through the theater and found a measure of success in Hollywood. The group included Daniel Day-Lewis and Emma Thompson.

    Postlethwaite was recognizable for his piercing* eyes and prominent cheekbones, which gave him a rugged* look. He appeared in a wide variety of film and TV roles, with many British fans remembering his work in period dramas as well as his later Hollywood films.

    He had recently been seen in the critically acclaimed film “Inception” and had worked with Spielberg on “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Amistad” in performances that received an extravagant compliment. He drew high praise for his starring role in “Brassed Off” in 1996. He also played a vicious* crime boss in Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” released last year, and will be seen this year in “Killing Bono.”



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