Pete Postlethwaite Dead. A Scene of Him in The Usual Supects as KobayashiOscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite, best known to American audiences for his scene-stealing turn as the lawyer Kobayashi in the cult classic film "The Usual Suspects," has died after a fight with cancer. He was 64.

Beyond his work in "The Usual Suspects," Postlethwaite had a lengthy and varied career, appearing in movies like "Inception," "Brassed Off," "Romeo + Juliet," the 1993 film "In the Name of the Father" -- which earned him the Oscar nomination -- and more. After they worked together on "Amistad" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg called him "probably the best actor in the world." Postlethwaite recently starred in the sci-fi hit 'Inception.'

1. "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
Postlethwaite as the lawyer Kobayashi faces some intimidation.