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Pete Postlethwaite
Rolandtembo

Birth

February 7, 1946

Death

January 2, 2011

Role

Roland Tembo

Credits

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Peter William Postlethwaite was a British actor who portrayed Roland Tembo in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He was born February 7th, 1946 and died January 2nd, 2011 at the age of 64. He was survived by his wife and two children. During his life Postlethwaite had been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and was given an Honorary Degree from Liverpool University. He had also been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in In the Name of the Father.

More detailed information: Pete Postlethwaite at Wikipedia.

BiographyEdit

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Born in Warrington, UK, Postlethwaite began his career teaching drama at Loreto College before beginning acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first role in film was the 1975 short film The Racer, and he continued to perform in other small roles until 1981. In 1987, Peter Postlethwaite married Jacqueline Morrish, and the two remained married until Postlethwaite’s death in 2011. Postlethwaite entered his first lead role in 1981 with the English TV dark-comedy The Muscle Market and continued to work in television and small film roles until his lead role in the 1988 film Distant Voices, Still Lives. In 1997, Postlethwaite took the role of big game hunter Roland Tembo in the Universal Studios film The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In March of 2009, Postlethwaite was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and so Postlethwaite’s final role in the 2010 film The Florist was specially written to accommodate the actor’s illness. In 2011, Postlethwaite finally succumbed to cancer at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, in the UK.

In Jurassic ParkEdit

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Director Steven Spielberg said that for the character of Roland Tembo an actor of tremendous presence was required, as the character was to portray the myth of the ‘Great White Hunter’, leading to the casting of Pete. When filming the scene where Roland Tembo and Roland’s best friend, Ajay Sidhu, find the infant Tyrannosaurus rex nest, Postlethwaite was initially confused as to why he and fellow actor Harvey Jason were directed to wave their hands in front of their faces, to which Spielberg explained that Industrial Light and Magic would be adding computer generated flies to the scene in post-production. After the film, Steven Spielberg was reportedly quoted as calling Pete “the best actor in the world.”

DeathEdit

He died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on January 2nd, 2011 after suffering from cancer.

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Inception (2010) .... Maurice Fischer
  • Closing the Ring (2007) (completed) .... Michael Quinlan
  • The Omen (2006) .... Father Brennan
  • Valley of the Heart's Delight (2006) .... Albion Munson
  • Ghost Son (2006) .... Doc
  • Æon Flux (2005) .... Keeper
  • The Constant Gardener (2005) .... Dr. Lorbeer aka Dr. Brandt
  • Dark Water (2005) .... Veeck
  • Red Mercury (2005) .... Gold Commander
  • Strange Bedfellows (2004) .... Russell McKenzie
  • Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (2003) (TV) .... Charles Burchell
  • The Limit (2003) .... Gale
  • Between Strangers (2002) .... John
  • Triggermen (2002) .... Ben Cutler
  • The Shipping News (2001) .... Tert Card
  • Cowboy Up (2001) .... Reid Braxton
  • Rat (2000) .... Hubert
  • When the Sky Falls (2000) .... Martin Shaughnessy
  • Animal Farm (1999) (TV) (voice) .... Benjamin/Farmer Jones
  • Wayward Son (1999) .... Ben Alexander
  • Butterfly Collectors (1999) (TV) .... John McKeown
  • Alice in Wonderland (1999) (TV) .... Carpenter
  • Lost for Words (1999) (TV) .... Deric Longden
  • The Divine Ryans (1999) .... Uncle Reg Ryan
  • Among Giants (1998) .... Raymond 'Ray'
  • Amistad (1997) .... Holabird
  • Bandyta (1997) .... Sincai
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) .... Roland Tembo
  • The Serpent's Kiss (1997) .... Thomas Smithers
  • Brassed Off (1996) .... Danny
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996) .... Father Laurence
  • Crimetime (1996) .... Sidney
  • Dragonheart (1996) .... Gilbert of Glockenspur
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996) .... Old Man
  • When Saturday Comes (1996) .... Ken Jackson
  • The Usual Suspects (1995) .... Kobayashi
  • Suite 16 (1994) .... Glover
  • Sharpe's Enemy (1994) (TV) .... Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill
  • Sharpe's Company (1994) (TV) .... Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill
  • Sin Bin (1994) .... Mitch
  • In the Name of the Father (1993) .... Giuseppe Conlon
  • Anchoress (1993) .... William Carpenter
  • Waterland (1992) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... Henry Crick
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992) .... Capt. Beams
  • Alien³ (1992) .... David
  • Split Second (1992) .... Paulsen
  • The Grass Arena (1991) .... The Dipper
  • A Child from the South (1991) (TV) .... Harry
  • Hamlet (1990) .... Player King
  • Treasure Island (1990) (TV) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... George Merry
  • They Never Slept (1990) .... Panter
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) .... Father
  • To Kill a Priest (1988) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... Josef
  • Tumbledown (1988) (TV) .... Major (Rehabilitation Center)
  • The Dressmaker (1988) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... Jack
  • Number 27 (1988) .... Becket
  • Coast to Coast (1987) (TV) .... Kecks McGuinness
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) (TV) .... Ragueneau
  • A Private Function (1984) .... Douglas J. Nuttol the Butcher
  • Fords on Water (1983) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... Winston's Boss
  • Afternoon Off (1979) (TV) .... Gallery attendant
  • Doris and Doreen (1978) (TV) .... Mr. Lomax
  • Horse in the House (1978) (TV) .... Uncle Doug
  • The Duellists (1977) (as Peter Postlethwaite) .... Man shaving Gen. Treillard
  • The Racer (1975) .... Ecco

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