British actor Pete Postlethwaite dead at 64

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Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, one of Britain's top character actors who had major roles in films including "Usual Suspects," has died aged 64 following a lengthy illness, a friend said Monday.

Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said he died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire, west central England, on Sunday.

Postlethwaite had been receiving treatment for cancer.

He received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role in "In the Name of the Father" in 1993.

© 2011 AFP

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