“Mad Max” villain: Hugh Keays-Byrne dies at 73


“Mad Max” villain
Hugh Keays-Byrne died at 73

The film world mourns one of its screen villains: the actor Hugh Keays-Byrne is dead. The role as “Mad Max” opponent made the Australian known worldwide at the end of the 1970s. Also in the 2015 sequel, he acted a villain again.

The Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne is dead. The two-time opponent of “Mad Max” died reportedly at the age of 73. Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan shared the sad news on Twitter.

“Hugh Keays-Byrne, one of the unsung heroes of Australian cinema, died at the age of 73. (…) Sir, thank you for all the entertainment,” writes Geoghegan about two pictures by Keays-Byrne that portray him in his roles as first and so far last “Mad Max” horror witness.

Keays-Byrne was part of George Miller’s cinematic “Tour de Force” from the very beginning. In the first part of 1979 he played the villain Toecutter, the leader of a motorcycle gang that made the life of the title hero Max Rockatansky – then played by Mel Gibson – hell. And Keays-Byrne was the central antagonist of the 2015 Oscar winner “Mad Max: Fury Road” with Tom Hardy – this time as the diabolical Immortan Joe. Geoghegan has not yet given any information about the exact circumstances of death.

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