Mad Max Star Hugh Keays-Byrne Passes Away at Age 73


A representative for the actor told Deadline that the actor died peacefully on Tuesday morning.

The star was best known for his role as the Toecutter in the 1979 "Mad Max" film and he went on to portray Immortan Joe in 2015's "Mad Max Fury Road". "I'm continually floored that he played Toecutter, the central antagonist of 1979′s "Mad Max" and Immortan Joe, the central antagonist (of) 2015′s "Mad Max: Fury Road".

In addition to his Mad Max roles, Keays-Byrne starred in such cult films as Stone (1974), The Dragon Flies (1975), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Trespassers (1976), The Death Train (1978), The Chain Reaction (1980), Lorca and the Outlaws (1984) and The Blood of Heroes (1989). This made Keays-Byrne the only actor to participate in both the original Mad Max trilogy and this sequel/semi-reboot. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Born on May 18, 1947, in Srinigar in Kashmir, two years before the formation of Indian of British parents, Keays-Byrne grew up in England.

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Of returning to the big screen and landing perhaps his most iconic role, Keays-Byrne said in a 2015 interview, "It's like winning the lottery, at least".

Geoghegan also went on to celebrate Keays-Bryne's life and career, adding: "By all accounts, Hugh Keays-Byrne, who trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, was an absolutely wonderful human who fought very hard for environmental and humanitarian issues". Keays-Byrne returned for the fourth instalment in the franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, as villain Immortan Joe in 2015.

In the realm of post-apocalyptic films, few compare to the legendary status of Hugh Keays-Byrne. Almost three decades later, Hugh returned to the Mad Max universe with Mad Max: Fury Road as Immortan Joe who was seen antagonising Charlize Theron's Furiosa and Tom Hardy's Max in the 2015 flick. "We will miss his example and his friendship". You can also watch the actor play the part of Toecutter in the original Mad Max movie, which is now available for purchase on Steam.