Role Character actor
Occupation Actor, film director
Height 1.88 m
|Years active 1973 - present|
TV shows Rush
Name Hugh Keays-Byrne
|Born 18 May 1947 (age 73) (1947-05-18) Srinagar, India|
Notable work Toecutter in Mad MaxImmortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury RoadToad in Stone
Awards Logie Award for Best Individual Performance by an Actor
Nominations AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies Mad Max: Fury Road, Mad Max, Sleeping Beauty, Stone, The Man from Hong Kong
Similar People George Miller, Nathan Jones, Courtney Eaton, Riley Keough, Nicholas Hoult
Died 2 December 2020 (aged 73) Gosford, Central Coast, Australia
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Hugh Keays-Byrne (18 May 1947 – 2 December 2020) was an English-Australian character actor. He moved to Australia in 1973 and was well-known there as a television and film actor. Outside Australia, he was best known for his role as "Toad" in the 1974 movie Stone, the main antagonist "Toecutter" in the 1979 film Mad Max, the main antagonist "Immortan Joe" in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, and "Grunchlk" in the science fiction television series Farscape.
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- Life and career
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Life and career
Keays-Byrne was born in Srinagar, in the state Jammu and Kashmir in India, to British parents. His family moved to Britain when he was a young child. He was schooled in England and began his career as a stage actor. Between 1968 and 1972, he had parts in Royal Shakespeare Company productions including As You Like It, The Balcony, Doctor Faustus, Hamlet, King Lear, The Man of Mode, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest or The Enchanted Island and Troilus and Cressida.
His first television acting job was in Britain in the programme Boy Meets Girl in 1967. He went to Australia with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973 with Peter Brook's famous production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and remained in Australia when the tour ended. In 1974, he acted in the TV show Essington, which was followed by big screen roles in films such as Stone (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976), The Trespassers (1976) and Snapshot (1979). After acting in the TV drama The Death Train in 1978, Keays-Byrne garnered the role that he is best known for outside Australia: the violent gang leader "Toecutter" in the apocalyptic science fiction film Mad Max (1979).
In the 1980s, he acted in films such as The Chain Reaction (1980), Strikebound (1984), Starship (1985) and The Blood of Heroes (1989). In 1992, he directed and acted in the film Resistance. In the mid- to late 1990s, he did a number of TV roles including in Singapore Sling: Old Flames (1995), Moby Dick (1998) and Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1999).
In the 2000s, he appeared in the science fiction television series Farscape as Grunchlk, which he reprised for the concluding mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. In 2007, George Miller cast him in an unspecified role in Justice League: Mortal, rumored to be Martian Manhunter. However, the film was later cancelled.
Keays-Byrne returned to the Mad Max franchise in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road, as the main villain Immortan Joe. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning 6, and Keays-Byrne was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
He died peacefully on 2 December 2020 at Gosford Hospital in NSW, at the age of 73.