'Mad Max' Villain Hugh Keays-Byrne Dies at 73

He played both Toecutter in the original film and the unforgettable Immortan Joe in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
'Mad Max' Villain Hugh Keays-Byrne Dies at 73
Hugh Keays-Byrne — the actor known for his villainous roles in both Mad Max and Mad Max: Fury Road — has died. News broke today that Keays-Byrne passed away this week at the age of 73. As of press time, his cause of death is unclear.

Born in Kashmir, India, in 1947, Keays-Byrne moved to Australia in his 20s, landing himself the role of Toecutter in the original 1979 Mad Max film. Then in 2015, Keays-Byrne returned to work with George Miller on Mad Max: Fury Road, with the actor taking on the unforgettable role of Immortan Joe.

In a Facebook post today, the actor's longtime friend Brian Trenchard-Smith wrote, "I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away in hospital yesterday. He was a fine actor and a good friend to Margaret and myself for 46 years. Hugh had a generous heart, offering a helping hand to people in need, or a place to stay to a homeless teenager. He cared about social justice and preserving the environment long before these issues became fashionable. His life was governed by his sense of the oneness of humanity. We will miss his example and his friendship."

In addition to his Mad Max roles, Keays-Byrne starred in such cult films as Stone (1974), The Dragon Flies (1975), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Trespassers (1976), The Death Train (1978), The Chain Reaction (1980), Lorca and the Outlaws (1984) and The Blood of Heroes (1989).
 
 

I am sad to report that our friend Hugh Keays-Byrne passed away in hospital yesterday. A former Royal Shakespeare...

Posted by Brian Trenchard-Smith on Wednesday, 2 December 2020