This is a truly unfortunate loss. I adore Pete Postlethwaite. And for the record, I'm a little offended by the decision of the AP, et. al. to play up the "ugly" angle in this dynamite actor's obit articles. Personally, I've always found him to be "unconventionally handsome," not to mention "exorbitantly talented."
A snapshot of his (recent) life in pictures:
Clockwise from top left: "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "The Usual Suspects," "Alien 3," "In the Name of the Father," "The Town," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"