British Actor Pete Postlethwaite Dies, Aged 64

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He was once described by Steven Spielberg as 'the best actor in the world.'

LONDON -- British actor, Pete Postlethwaite, once described by Steven Spielberg as "the best actor in the world," has died at age 64 after a long battle with cancer.

Friend and journalist Andrew Richardson said Monday that Postlethwaite died peacefully in hospital on Sunday.

Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar in 1994 for In The Name of the Father and also starred in movies including The Usual Suspects, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad, and Alien 3.

More recently he starred in Clash of the Titans, Inception and The Town.

The Town director Ben Affleck said in a statement: "Pete was a wonderful actor and an extraordinary man. I will miss him as will the countless others whose lives he touched either personally or through his work. This is a great loss of a wonderful man. My prayers go out to his family."