Hugh Keays-Byrne (Dies At 73) Biography: Wiki, Age, Career, Death Cause

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.


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).

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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.

Death Cause

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.

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