Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72

Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72

Entertainer Ben Cross, who was most popular for playing competitor Harold Abrahams in the film Chariots of Fire, has passed on at 72 years old. 


His agents said he had passed on "out of nowhere" following a short sickness.

Composing on his Facebook page, his little girl Lauren said she was "totally grief-stricken" that her "sweetheart dad" had passed on.

She said he had been "debilitated for some time" however there had been a "quick decay over the previous week".

Cross, who passed on in Vienna, Austria, had two kids, Lauren and Theo.

His agents said he had quite recently completed the process of shooting blood and gore movie The Devil's Light and not long from now will show up in the main job in the sentimental dramatization film Last Letter From Your Lover.

He was conceived Harry Bernard Cross in London to average workers Catholic family.

Subsequent to moving on from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Rada), he moved from the phase to screen and played a minor job in the 1977 war film A Bridge Too Far, which featured Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine.

He turned into an individual from the Royal Shakespeare Company in the equivalent year, before increasing more extensive praise as Billy Flynn - the attorney speaking to killer Roxie Hart - in a 1978 adaptation of Chicago.

It was a presentation that was broadly accepted to have earned him his job in 1981's Chariots Of Fire, which proceeded to win four Oscars including the best picture.

Cross played Jewish sprinter Harold Abrahams in the film, which depended on the genuine story of two British men dashing for Olympic gold in 1924.

BBC religion proofreader Martin Bashir said Cross's depiction of Abrahams had "caught the weight of being an outcast".

He later showed up as Malagant in the 1995 film First Knight and Sarek in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

Cross additionally showed up as Rudolf Hess in the 2006 BBC creation Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial.

James Bond star Colin Salmon, who chipped away at The Devil's Light close by Cross, tweeted: "It was acceptable working with him, seeing his sparkle and his specialty.

"He composed tunes for the Sinatra of Bulgaria, had such a large number of stories and talked in Bulgarian and German beginning. Go Well Ben RIP."

US TV and movie chief Todd Holland likewise shared an accolade, saying he had met Cross from the get-go in his own profession.

"We shot a screen test at Pinewood Studios. I went to his home for supper with his family," he said.

"Ben Cross was a stunning man and a skilled entertainer. That film never got made. Be that as it may... what a tasteful person."

The Guardian reports he is made due by his significant other, Deyana Boneva Cross.

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