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.'