Known for his distinguishable facial features and eloquent voice, Pete Postlethwaite has been sought after for over 30 years for projects from Shakespeare to period dramas to sci-fi thrillers. You'll find him in the latter this weekend as he plays Maurice Fischer, an aging patriarch of a business empire in the much-anticipated Leonardo DiCaprio actioner, 'Inception.'

Born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, and beginning his career on the stage at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre alongside Bill Nighy and Jonathan Pryce, Postlethwaite (pronounced "poss-ul-thwait") first became known to movie audiences when he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for 'In The Name of the Father' in 1994. He's since followed that with a variety of roles in films like 'Romeo + Juliet,' 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park,' 'Amistad,' 'The Shipping News,' 'The Constant Gardener,' and this year's 'Clash of the Titans.' But he's perhaps best known for his sinister portrayal of Keyser Söze's buttoned-downed right-hand man, Kobayashi, in 'The Usual Suspects.' Known for his distinguishable facial features and eloquent voice, Pete Postlethwaite has been sought after for over 30 years for projects from Shakespeare to period dramas to sci-fi thrillers. You'll find him in the latter this weekend as he plays Maurice Fischer, an aging patriarch of a business empire in the much-anticipated Leonardo DiCaprio actioner, 'Inception.'

Born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, and beginning his career on the stage at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre alongside Bill Nighy and Jonathan Pryce, Postlethwaite (pronounced "poss-ul-thwait") first became known to movie audiences when he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for 'In The Name of the Father' in 1994. He's since followed that with a variety of roles in films like 'Romeo + Juliet,' 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park,' 'Amistad,' 'The Shipping News,' 'The Constant Gardener,' and this year's 'Clash of the Titans.' But he's perhaps best known for his sinister portrayal of Keyser Söze's buttoned-downed right-hand man, Kobayashi, in 'The Usual Suspects.'

No one does the ominous figure like Postlethwaite, but like every character actor, he doesn't want to be pigeonholed. He'll show his diversity with his next two projects, the comedies 'The Bonny Boys' and 'Killing Bono' (we promise, it's a comedy). He also continues his work on the stage, having played everyone from Macbeth (twice) to King Lear.

Here's what you need to know about Pete Postlethwaite:

Age: 64

Number of Movies in Which He's Appeared: 51

You Probably Recognize Him As: Kobayashi in 'The Usual Suspects,' the hard-to-find Dr. Lorbeer in 'The Constant Gardener,' contentious editor Tert Card in 'The Shipping News,' Father Laurence in 'Romeo + Juliet,' Gerry Conlon's (Daniel Day-Lewis) father, Giuseppe, in 'In the Name of the Father'

Most Successful Movie: He played big-game hunter Roland Tembo in 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park,' which raked in $229 million domestically at the box office.

Directors He's Worked With: Steven Spielberg ('The Lost World: Jurassic Park,' 'Amistad'), Baz Luhrmann ('Romeo + Juliet'), Lasse Hallström ('The Shipping News'), Bryan Singer ('The Usual Suspects'), Jim Sheridan ('In The Name of the Father'), David Fincher ('Alien III')

Watch Mr. Postlethwaite carry out Keyser Soze's orders in 'The Usual Suspects'


Fun Facts:

Was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2004.

Steven Spielberg has called him "The best actor in the world."

Turned down roles in 'Gone in 60 Seconds' and 'Gangs of New York.'

Briefly studied for the priesthood before being encouraged to go into acting by his father.

In 2009, he threatened to hand back his OBE if the British government gave the go-ahead to a new coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth.