Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that Hugh Keays-Byrne had died at 73, with no cause of death revealed, to date.
Known for bringing the character Toecutter to life in the first ‘Mad Max’ (1979), the star was also well known for playing villainous Immortan Joe in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015).
After the news, Charlize Theron, interpreter of the protagonist Furiosa, mourned the death of Byrne and paid him a nice tribute via Twitter.
In the post, the star shared a behind-the-scenes image next to him and wrote:
“Rest in peace, Hugh Keays-Byrne. It’s amazing that you could have played an evil warlord so well because you were such a kind and beautiful soul. You will be sorely missed, my friend.
RIP Hugh Keays-Byrne 😔 It’s amazing that you could have played an evil warlord so well because you were such a kind and beautiful soul. You will miss my friend very much. pic.twitter.com/kXDhNs5jEU
– Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) December 2, 2020
The actor also had an extensive program beyond the universe of “ Mad Max ”, starring in films such as “ Stone ” (1974), “ Traficantes Audaz ” (1975), ‘Marked to Die’ (1976), ‘The Trespassers’ (1976), ‘Danger on the High Seas’ (1978), ‘Chain Reaction’ (1980), ‘Starship – The Space Warrior’ (1984) and ‘Juggers – The Gladiators of the Future’ (1989), in addition to the series ‘Moby Dick’ ”(1998) and“ Farscape ”(2000).
‘Fury Road’ marked Hugh Keays-Byrne’s last appearance on the big screen, and his performance earned him a nomination for the Australian Film Critics Association Awards, in the Best Supporting Actor category, in addition to a another nomination in the Best Villain category on MTV Awards.
Decades earlier, her performance on “Mad Max” won her the Australian Film Institute Award for her supporting role.
Brian Trenchard-Smith, his longtime friend, said: “I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away yesterday in hospital. He was an incredible actor and a great friend for the past 46 years. Hugh had a generous heart, offering help or a place for homeless teens. He was concerned about social justice and environmental conservation before these issues gained media attention. He and his friendship will be sorely missed.
I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away yesterday in hospital. A former Royal Shakespeare …
Posted by Brian Trenchard-Smith on Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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