Miller enjoyed working with the actor, having cast him in his abandoned Justice League: Mortal movie, reportedly as Martian Manhunter. While he wasn’t able to put his mark on the DC Universe, Keays-Byrne still managed to play a role in cinema history, crafting two of the most memorable villains ever to be committed to film. He will be greatly missed.
Today, filmmaker Ted Geoghegan revealed via Twitter that Keays-Byrne had passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 73. Geoghegan paid tribute to the actor’s performances in the Mad Max franchise, adding that he was a committed environmentalist and humanitarian. The news was also confirmed on Facebook by Brian Trenchard-Smith, the British director who cast Keays-Byrne in The Man From Hong Kong. Trenchard-Smith paid tribute to Keays-Byrne’s sense of humor and also mentioned his social conscience. You can see their tributes in full below:
Hugh Keays-Byrne, an unsung hero of Aussie cinema, has passed away at age 73. I'm continually floored that he played Toecutter, the central antagonist of 1979's MAD MAX *and* Immortan Joe, the central antagonist 2015's MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Thanks for all the entertainment, sir. pic.twitter.com/55W99w3wzq
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) December 2, 2020