Actor Hugh Keays-Byrne has died (Image: FilmMagic)
Mad Max actor Hugh Keays-Byrne has sadly died on the age of 73, it has been confirmed.
A consultant for Keays-Byrne, who was finest identified for enjoying Toecutter within the blockbuster franchise, confirmed he died peacefully on Tuesday morning.
The information was first introduced in a Fb put up by filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed the actor in 1975’s The Man From Hong Kong.
Alongside a photograph of the late star from a film, he wrote: ‘I’m unhappy to report that our pal Hugh Keays-Byrne handed away in hospital yesterday.
‘This picture displays the innate humorousness he introduced not solely to my movie however each manufacturing he labored on.
‘He was a positive actor and an excellent pal to Margaret and myself for 46 years.’
Trenchard-Smith recalled spending ‘many completely satisfied Sunday mornings’ with the late actor and his companion Christina and different actors from the Macao Mild Firm.
Keays-Byrne rose to fame within the Mad Max franchise (Image: WireImage)
Remembering his pal fondly, the filmmaker continued: ‘Hugh had a beneficiant coronary heart, providing a serving to hand to individuals in want, or a spot to remain to a homeless teenager.
He cared about social justice and preserving the setting lengthy earlier than these points turned modern. His life was ruled by his sense of the oneness of humanity. We are going to miss his instance and his friendship. Vale, Hugh.’
Different tributes poured in for Keays-Byrne with filmmaker Ted Geoghegan including: ‘Hugh Keays-Byrne, an unsung hero of Aussie cinema, has handed away at age 73.
‘I’m frequently floored that he performed Toecutter, the central antagonist of 1979’s MAD MAX *and* Immortan Joe, the central antagonist 2015’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Thanks for all of the leisure, sir.’
Keays-Byrne rose to fame starring alongside Mel Gibson within the first Mad Max film as villain Toecutter in 1979. He reprised the function in 2015 in sequel Mad Max: Fury Highway to a lot acclaim.
The actor started his profession in Australia with a critically-acclaimed efficiency in A Midsummer Night time’s Dream.