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Hugh Keays-Byrne Dead: ‘Mad Max’ Immortan Joe Actor Was 73

Hugh Keays-Byrne, who played two iconic villains in the “Mad Max” franchise, has died, his representative confirmed to Variety on Wednesday. He was 73.

Keays-Byrne played the antagonist Toecutter in the 1979 original “Mad Max” film by director George Miller, and he was brought back for the 2015 movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” to play the evil villain Immortan Joe.

Brian Trenchard-Smith, who directed Keays-Byrne in the 1975 film “The Man From Hong Kong,” shared on Facebook that he had died in a hospital on Tuesday.

“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,” Trenchard-Smith wrote.

As Toecutter, the leader of

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‘Mad Max’ actor Hugh Keays-Byrne dead at 73

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, most known for his roles as two separate villains in the Mad Max films, has died, his representation said. He was 73 years old.

Representatives for Keays-Byrne told Deadline he died peacefully on Tuesday morning but did not mention a specific cause of death.

Keays-Byrne was born in 1947 to British parents in Kashmir, India, and launched his acting career in Australia where he earned his first credited role on the 1967 television series Bellbird.

He continued to appear in various roles throughout the 1960s and 1970s before being cast as Toecutter, the leader of a biker gang in George Miller’s 1979 film Mad Max.

Miller brought Keays-Byrne back for his 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, where he played the lead villain Immortan Joe, citing both his versatility as an actor and the fact that he dubbed over Keays-Byrne’s

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Friends, family mourn social media influencer found dead in Houston

Friends and family of Alexis Robinault continued to mourn the social media influencer’s death on Tuesday after her body was found beside a roadway in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

A city employee found the nude body of 26-year-old Robinault — who relatives also identified as Alexis Sharkey — around 8 a.m. Saturday along the 1000 block of Red Haw Lane, near the Interstate 10 frontage road, Houston police said. She did not have any visible wounds.

Late Tuesday, a cause of death had not yet been released by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Police continued to investigate.

“The medical examiner is going to play a key role, and that (autopsy) will tell us a lot,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Chronicle on Tuesday evening. “We always start in these matters casting a wide net as if it’s a homicide, because you want to start with a wide

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Dick Alen Dead: Former Head of William Morris’ Music Division Was 89

Dick Alen, a music agent renowned for a six-decade-plus career that included representing icons like Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, died of natural causes Nov. 27. He was 89.

Before Alen retired in 2010, he had spent the last 39 years of his career at what was formerly the William Morris Agency and later William Morris Endeavor. Starting work there in 1971, he eventual became senior VP and had a five-year stint as head of the agency’s music division, where he was credited with bringing more country, Latin and Contemporary Christian artists to the company.

But he had a thriving career for nearly 20 years before he ever joined William Morris. Among his early triumphs was signing Berry in the early 1950s when the seminal rocker was still on Chess Records. He continued to represent Berry for more than 50 years. Alen was an honorary pallbearer at the

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‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader Actor Dave Prowse Dead from COVID-19 at 85

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David Prowse, Darth Vader Actor in Star Wars, Dead at 85

UPDATE: David Prowse‘s daughter thanked fans for sending their love and support following her father’s death on Sunday, Nov. 29.



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“Dad would have been over the moon about the reaction he has had today,” Rachel Prowse shared on Twitter. “Me and the rest of the family have been overwhelmed by the lovely comments and the sharing of some hilarious memories. Thanks twitter for brightening a difficult day.”

Taking to Facebook, Rachel posted a lengthier message about her dad’s passing and touched on his impact as Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise.

“Thank you so much to everyone that has reached out and sent their love and best wishes to my me, my mum and my brothers, it means more than you know,” she wrote in part. “I will get round to replying to you. As a family we

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Rick Grimes Movie Will Be Amazing Promises The Walking Dead Boss Scott Gimple

Slowly but surely, The Rick Grimes movie is coming along. And, while right next to nothing has been revealed, in terms of specifics, it will be “Amazing.” This, according to The Walking Dead universe Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple, who is confident that when Andrew Lincoln does return to the franchise, it will have been worth the wait.

With The Walking Dead: World Beyond recently wrapping up its first season, Scott Gimple did a wide-ranging interview touching on the future of the franchise. There are many projects in the works but the one that has been on the backburner the longest is the Rick Grimes movie, which was originally announced in 2018. Here’s what Gimple had to say about the project’s current status.

RELATED: Rick Grimes Movie Will Be Directly Set Up in The Walking Dead: World Beyond

“We are continuing to work on the movie. It is happening. We’re

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Darth Vader Actor David Prowse Dead at 85

David Prowse, the British actor best known for playing Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at the age of 85, his agents have confirmed.

Prowse died on Saturday after an illness.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85,” Prowse’s agents Bowington Management tweeted on Sunday.

Prowse was born in 1935. He won the British weightlifting championship in 1962 and represented England in the weightlifting category at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane the same

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Bay Area Rapper Lil Yase Reportedly Shot Dead

Bay Area rapper Lil Yase was reportedly been killed this weekend at age of 25.

News of his death began circulating across on social media on Saturday, as his friends, colleagues, and fans began expressing their grief through tribute posts. Lil Yase’s label Highway 420 Productions confirmed the tragedy in an Instagram post early Saturday evening, writing: “We appreciate all the love and support. Yase loved his fans, he worked every day for y’all. We have hundreds of songs coming for you. Please repost and share let the world know who the ‘Top Dog’ is …”

Though authorities have yet to confirm Lil Yase’s death, sources close to the rapper tell TMZ he was found fatally shot in the southern section of the East Bay. The purported discovery has raised many questions among his inner circle, who say Lil Yase—real name Mark Antonyyo Alexander—was last seen Friday night at a

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Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh dead at 46

Nov. 28 (UPI) — Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of Zappos, died Friday at the age of 46.

A spokeswoman for DTP Companies, in which Hsieh was a key investor, said Hsieh died from injuries sustained in a house fire that took place in Connecticut where he was visiting family.

He was with family when he passed away Friday, multiple sources said.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, and forever brightened the world,” said a statement from his family shared by DTP.

Hsieh joined Zappos in 1999 when it was called ShoeSite.com and led the online shoe and clothing retailer for more than two decades until he retired in August.

“The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,”Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande wrote in a statement Friday. “We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of

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