Hugh Keays-Byrne

While Hugh Keays-Byrne was born in India and spent most of his younger days there, the character actor's claims to fame began from his time in Australia. At the age of 23, Keays-Byrne moved to Australia to kickstart his ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1947 in Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Filmography

Actor (24)

Mad Max: Fury Road 2015 (Movie)

Immortan Joe (Actor)

Sleeping Beauty 2011 (Movie)

Man 3 (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Resistance 1994 (Movie)

Peter--Ruth's Place (Actor)

For Love Alone 1990 (Movie)

Andrew Hawkins (Actor)

Les Patterson Saves the World 1990 (Movie)

Inspector Farouk (Actor)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

Lord Vile (Actor)

Badlands 2005 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke & Wills 1987 (Movie)

Ambrose Kyte (Actor)

Kangaroo 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lorca and the Outlaws 1987 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Strikebound 1985 (Movie)

Idris Williams (Actor)

Wo die grunen Ameisen traumen 1985 (Movie)

Mining Executive (Actor)

Ginger Meggs 1981 (Movie)

Captain Hook (Actor)

Mad Max 1979 (Movie)

Toecutter (Actor)

The Chain Reaction 1979 (Movie)

Eagle (Actor)

Blue Fin 1978 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Snap-Shot 1977 (Movie)

Linsey (Actor)

Mad Dog 1976 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

The Trespassers 1976 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Man From Hong Kong 1973 (Movie)

Morrie Grosse (Actor)

Stone 1972 (Movie)

Toad (Actor)

Dadah Is Death (TV Show)

Actor

Moby Dick (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Resistance 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

While Hugh Keays-Byrne was born in India and spent most of his younger days there, the character actor's claims to fame began from his time in Australia. At the age of 23, Keays-Byrne moved to Australia to kickstart his acting career. He quickly made a small name for himself as soon as he moved to the country: his role as Toad in the notable low-budget film "Stone" (1974) helped him become a regular in the Australian film scene. In the following years, he appeared in the Australian/Japanese action movie "The Man from Hong Kong" (1975) and the Dennis Hopper-starring "Mad Dog Morgan" (1976), among others. At the end of the '70s, Keays-Byrne reunited with a number of his "Stone" colleagues and co-stars for George Miller's Mel Gibson-starring "Mad Max" (1979) as the notable villain Toecutter. With the surprise success of "Mad Max," Keays-Byrne became a regular in TV and film, ranging from the Australian disaster film "The Chain Reaction" (1980) to sci-fi film "Starship" (1984). In the '90s, he appeared in the TV mini-series "Moby Dick" (USA 1998) alongside Patrick Stewart. In the early 2000s, Keays-Byrne appeared as the recurring villain Grunchlk in the cult sci-fi show "Farscape" (Nine Network/Sci-Fi Channel 1999-2003). By the time "Farscape" wrapped up, Keays-Byrne was mostly finished with acting outside of the rare appearance in something like the live-action "Sleeping Beauty" (2011). However, when the opportunity arose for him to work with George Miller on the next Mad Max film, he hopped on board. More than 30 years after Keays-Byrne appeared as Toecutter in the first "Mad Max," he co-starred as the main antagonist, Immortan Joe, in the Tom Hardy-starring "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015).

Milestones

1979

Appeared in "Mad Max" as Toecutter

1974

Made film debut as Toad in the Australian film "Stone"

1967

Made acting debut in the British TV show "Boy Meets Girl"

Bonus Trivia

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Keays-Byrne is a noted character actor mostly known for sci-fi fare outside of Australia.

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Keays-Byrne is a contender for longest gap between franchise films, as 36 years separate his two appearances in Mad Max films.

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