Ben Cross, ‘Chariots of Fire’ Actor, Dead at 72

by Hunter Miller

Ben Cross, star of the iconic film “Chariots of Fire,” is dead. The actor, who famously portrayed gold medal-winning sprinter Harold Adams in the 1981 Oscar-winning best picture, died at the age of 72.

On Tuesday, Cross died in Vienna. He passed due to an unspecified illness.

His daughter, Lauren, shared the news via Facebook on Tuesday afternoon. “Dear Fans of Ben Cross. This is his daughter, Lauren,” she writes. “I am utterly heartbroken to share with you that my darling father died a few hours ago. He had been sick for a while but there was a rapid decline over the past week.”

Lauren continued by saying: “The press will be announcing his death soon, I just wanted you all—his most loyal and loving fans—to hear it from us first. Thank you for all your support over the years. He really enjoyed interacting with you.”

Ben Cross: His Career in Hollywood

While Ben Cross appeared in a number of films, his most famous work came in “Chariots of Fire.” During an interview in 2012, he spoke out about preparing for the role.

Cross said he “came to the conclusion that Abrahams was motivated by a combination of prejudice and paranoia,” the late actor told The JC. “I played Harold as a man whose pilot light was always lit. There was this quiet defensive anger, and occasionally the boiler would light up.”

After accepting the role, Cross said he trained by himself for three months. “Then we had six months training prior to filming,” he said.

Cross’ other notable screen credits include roles in “Live Wire” (1992), “Cold Sweat” (1993), “First Knight” (1995), and “Solomon” (1997). He also portrayed the father of Zachary Quinto’s Spock in 2009’s “Star Trek.”

His big-screen debut came in the star-studded Richard Attenborough directed war flick, “A Bridge Too Far” (1997).

[H/T Hollywood Reporter]