Who is Hugh Keays-Byrne? Hugh Keays-Byrne Bio/Wiki
Hugh Keays-Byrne was an actor and film director from England and Australia. In 1973, he moved to Australia and worked as a television and film actor there. He was born on 18 May 1947 in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir, British Raj.
He has died aged 73, on 1 December 2020.
Hugh Keays-Byrne has passed away at the age of 73. He was best known for playing Toecutter in the original Mad Max and Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/G6spTDtlVt
— Fandango (@Fandango) December 2, 2020
He was 73 years old.
He appeared as Toad in the 1974 film Stone, the main antagonist Toecutter in the 1979 film Mad Max, the main antagonist “Immortan Joe” in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, and Grunchlk on the science fiction television series Farscape.
His first television acting role was on the Boy Meets Girl programme in 1967 in Britain. In 1973, with Peter Brook producing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he went to Australia with the Royal Shakespeare Company and stayed in Australia when the tour ended.
In 1974, he starred in the Essington TV show, which was followed by large screen appearances in movies such as Stone (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Trespassers (1976), and Snapshot (1979).
Keays-Byrne played the part he was best known for outside Australia after his first starring role in the TV drama The Death Train in 1978: the brutal gang leader “Toecutter” in the dystopian science fiction film Mad Max-Byrne (1979).
In the 2000s, he starred as Grunchlk in the science fiction television series Farscape, which he reprised for the concluding Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars mini-series.
In his planned 2009 movie Justice League: Mortal, George Miller also cast him as the Martian Manhunter.
In the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Path, as the main villain, Immortan Joe, Keays-Byrne returned to the Mad Max franchise.
The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, winning 6, and Keays-Byrne was nominated for Best Villain for the MTV Movie Award.
On 1 December 2020, at the age of 73, Keays-Byrne died. The manager of Keays-Byrne confirmed to USA TODAY on Wednesday that the Australian-English actor had died peacefully on Tuesday morning.
Sad times that this legend passed away.
The wasteland will not be the same!!
— Welly_ (@uk_welly) December 3, 2020
— Gwarian (@Gwarian1) December 3, 2020
Rewatched o.g. #MadMax last night in honor of the passing of Hugh Keays-Byrne. Fascinating that both of his MM villains are cult leaders. Way more aware of Toecutter’s Manson vibe & motorcycle-gang-as-religious-cult this time around. Drive-by blessings, chosen ones, baptisms… pic.twitter.com/RO1uBz45dQ
— Jared Rivet (@jaredrivet1) December 3, 2020
Hugh Keays-Byrne, an unsung hero of Aussie cinema, has passed away at age 73. I’m continually floored that he played Toecutter, the central antagonist of 1979’s MAD MAX *and* Immortan Joe, the central antagonist 2015’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Thanks for all the entertainment, sir. pic.twitter.com/55W99w3wzq
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) December 2, 2020