Fans Favorite Hugh Keays-Byre, who played the role of Immortan Joe in Mad Max fury road, and the character of Toecutter in Mad Max is no more. Hugh Keays-Byre has died at the age of 73. Hugh Keays-Byrne was born on the 18th of May 1947 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, which was two years before the formation of independent India. Keays-Byrne was born to British parents and was raised in England. Let us take an in-depth overview of the life of Hugh Keays-Byrne.
Hugh Keays-Byrne early life and Career
As discussed early Keays-Byrne was raised in England and started acting in the 1960s in the Royal Shakespeare Company. He had also worked in Australia for the Mid-Summer Night dream for Royal Shakespeare Company. After his successful role in the Mid-Summer Night dream, Byrne decided to stay in Australia, which eventually leads to his promising filming career in the industry. Hugh Keays-Byrne’s first movie was Stone’s in 1974, where he played the role of Toad, who was an outlaw member of a motorcycle gang.
In the very next year, Hugh Keays-Byrne got a chance to work in the super-hit movie The Man From Hong Kong alongside James Bond and legend Bond George Lazenby. He also appeared in similar films called Ozploitation in the 1970s. He got his fame as Toecutter when he worked in the super-hit movie Mad Max of George Miller. In fact, Hugh Keays Byrne also became a lead role in the movie and became the fan-favorite. He also over-shadowed the likes of Mel Gibson and also made a comeback in the sequel titled Mad Max: Fury Road. Hugh Keays Byrne again played the role of a horrifying Villain in the character of Immortan Joe, wearing a mask with a terrifying breathe and hunting down his stolen wives.
Hugh Keays Byrne has also worked in a lot of Australian Movies and TV shows. He has also worked in Farscape as Grunchlk, which was a famous 20th century Sci-Fi TV show.
The final message from Ted Geoghegan to the late Hugh Keays-Byrne
On Tuesday, one of the famous Hollywood film-makers, Ted Geoghegan, announced on Twitter that Keays-Byrne had passed away at the age of 73. Geoghegan also paid a final tribute to Keays-Byrne in the Mad Max franchise. He also added that Byrne was a great environmentalist and Humanitarian. The message was also confirmed by Brian Trenchard Smith Via Facebook, who is a British director and has worked with Keays-Byrne in The Man from Hong Kong. Brian Smith also paid tribute to the social conscience of Keays Byrne.
By all accounts, Hugh Keays-Byrne, who trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, was an absolutely wonderful human who fought very hard for environmental and humanitarian issues. This photo of him from earlier this year says it all.
You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome. pic.twitter.com/5Fyzdj998F
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) December 2, 2020
The legacy of Keays-Byrne
Well, the Hugh Keays-Byrne has played a diversity of roles in his acting career, and he is known for his versatility in the industry. He came into the spotlight with the dual role in Mad Max. He very-well managed the roles of Toecutter and Immortan Joe in the series. There is no doubt that Mad Max played the role of a breakthrough in his acting career. Keays Byrne will be missed and will always be remembered for his famous Villain roles in Mad Max.