Well-known actor Hugh Keays-Byrne died on Tuesday at the age of 73.
The actor played the role of the negative character “Toecutter” in the production of “Mad Max”, starring Mel Gibson (1979), writes bbc.com.
British director Brian Trenchard-Smith has confirmed the death of “Toecutter” on social media.
Charlize Theron, who starred opposite Hugh Keays-Byrne in “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), said the actor will be “missing everyone.”
“It’s amazing how you managed to play the role of a demonic leader, when you really had such a good and beautiful soul,” the actress wrote.
Keays-Byrne was born in India to British parents who moved to England as a child.
In a 2015 interview, the actor was glad he was “called back” by director George Miller, to play a negative role again.
He explained that while “Toecutter” was a member of an “oppressed roaming minority”, “Immortan Joe” was a “reborn individual”.
“Just trying to restore order in an apocalyptic world,” Keays-Byrne said.
“Hugh was a wonderful man, he helped others and provided shelter to a homeless teenager,” Trenchard-Smith wrote on social media.
“He was concerned about the judiciary and environmental protection, long before these issues became fashionable. His life was governed by a sense of humanity. His example and friendship will be missed,” he said director.
Film critic Luke Buckmaster described Keays-Byrne as “a visual actor with enormous strength, an underestimated talent.”
“Every role he played was a revelation,” the cinema wrote.
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