Hugh Keays-Byrne, the man who embodied two of the iconic villains from George Miller’s Mad Max film franchise, has died. He was 73.
Director Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed Keays-Byrne in 1975’s The Man From Hong Kong, announced the news on writing, “I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away in hospital yesterday.”
“A former Royal Shakespeare Company actor who settled in Australia co-starred in my Man From Hong Kong, and achieved world wide recognition as the Toecutter in Mad Max, and Immortan Joe in Mad Max-Fury Road,” Trenchard-Smith wrote alongside a photo of Keays-Byrne.
Keays-Byrne was best-known for his portrayal of the ruthless biker and gang leader Toecutter in Miller’s 1979 film Mad Max and later as Immortan Joe in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road opposite Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
In May 2015, the actor told USA Today he was fine playing the villain because “for an old ham like me, it’s great fun.”
“I tend to always be the bad guys,” he said. “I’m yearning to play a lover.”
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