Ben Cross, the acclaimed actor best known for his role in Chariots of Fire, has passed away at the age of 72.
Cross’ portrayal of the British Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in the 1981 Oscar-winning film solidified his presence in the film industry, propelling his fame to international level.
The actor is said to have died while in Vienna but no specific detaials of his death have been confirmed. His daughter, who revealed Cross’ death, posted the news on Facebook after confirmed he had died from an unspecified illness.
“I am utterly heartbroken to share with you that my darling father died a few hours ago,” she wrote on social media. “He had been sick for a while but there was a rapid decline over the past week.”
Cross, always reflective of his career, once discussed how his life was centred around the success of the immensely popular film Chariots of Fire.“A film like that it is professionally life-changing,” he said in a 2012 interview.
Adding: “Suddenly, you get offered lots of work, which is lovely. But since then I have done 80 or 90 projects, none of which have been in any way as successful.”
While Chariots of Fire will always be Cross’ lasting legacy, the actor also enjoyed successful performances in films such as The Order, Exorcist: The Beginning, Star Trek and many more.
He is survived by his wife, Deyana Boneva Cross and two children, Theo and Lauren.