Daniel Day-Lewis pays tribute to Pete Postlethwaite
Postlethwaite died earlier this year
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Thursday, 17, Feb 2011 11:01
By Tim Lesnik
Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis paid tribute to Pete Postlethwaite at a service held in the late star's honour yesterday, lauding his skills as an actor and mentor.
Postlethwaite, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 64 on January 2nd, appeared alongside Day-Lewis in a number of productions including 1994's In the Name of the Father.
The pair also studied together at Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol and Day-Lewis, speaking at the memorial at St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch, said Postlethwaite had made a lasting impression.
"My great good fortune was to serve an apprenticeship under Pete Postlethwaite," he commented.
Kevin Spacey, another Oscar winner, was also in attendance, alongside former girlfriend Julie Walters.
Spacey and Postlethwaite worked together on The Usual Suspects, with the latter's other credits including roles in Sharpe; The Constant Gardener; Distant Voices, Still Lives; and Romeo + Juliet.
He also starred in Brassed Off, which saw him conduct Grimethorpe Colliery Band as they coped with the closure of their pit.
The band performed Danny Boy at the service, while Day-Lewis sang a traditional song.