MTV had this award they used to give out at their MTV Movie Awards called Lifetime Achievement. What it really was was an award for an "actor" who was most known for their character roles. Past recipients included Chewbacca and Jason Voorhees. Not kidding. They have since changed it to be called MTV Generation to give it to real people.
However, before MTV changed it they awarded the last one in 1999 to a real person. It was Clint Howard. They decided he would be the last one to get it before the name change. I say all that to say that these next couple of guys would have been worthy candidates had MTV still categorized the award based on people who were known character actors.
First up was actor Pete Postlethwaite. He lost his battle with cancer and passed away this past Sunday. He was 64-years-old.
His name probably won't sound familiar to any of us normal schmoes. His face would certainly ring a bell though. He's one of those cats where you see him and automatically remember "Oh yeah! He was that one guy in that one movie!" Never the featured role but often a key character. His most recent coming from his part in "Inception" (STILL considered by me to be an overrated film).
Most of the articles about him kept referring to him as "the grumpy old man on 'Seinfeld'". Now I watched that show religiously and don't remember him from there at all. I'm sure I would have total recall if I were to see a clip. What I do remember him from is as Arthur in one of my favorite underrated films "Somewhere in Time". Although he did have many other noticeable roles other than just those two mentioned.
Normally, I wouldn't combine obits unless they were somehow related to one another. Or if they weren't really that significant to me in terms of their celebritiness (yep...made that word up). This one is a little of both. Neither may have made a huge splash in entertainment, but they certainly made enough little waves to be noticed.
Rest in peace, Bill and Pete.