Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman and Hugh Keays-Byrne star in a scene from the action film “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Hugh Keays-Byrne, the actor best known for playing iconic villains in the “Mad Max” action film franchise, has died. He was 73.
On Wednesday, Keays-Byrne’s manager confirmed to USA TODAY that the Australian-English actor died peacefully Tuesday morning.
Keays-Byrne starred as the villainous Toecutter in the original 1979 “Mad Max” film. He returned to play the warlord Immortan Joe in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
George Miller, who directed both films, remembered Keays-Byrne in a statement to USA TODAY.
“Hugh was formidable, daring, warm and kind – both as an artist and a man,” Miller said. “He taught us all so much.”