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Chariots of Fire, Star Trek actor Ben Cross dies at 72

A family statement called Ben Cross a born showman and entertainer who was a walking encyclopedia of music that could “sing anything.”

By: AP | Los Angeles | Updated: August 19, 2020 9:11:36 am
Actor Ben Cross deadActor Ben Cross died on Tuesday after a short illness. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)

Ben Cross, an actor who starred in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire and Star Trek, has died. He was 72.

Actor Ben Cross died on Tuesday after a short illness in Vienna, Austria.

His representative Tracy Mapes said the actor died Tuesday after a short illness. The actor’s daughter, Lauren Cross, said her father died in Vienna, Austria.

A family statement called Ben Cross a born showman and entertainer who was a walking encyclopedia of music that could “sing anything.”

“He was a man who taught us to embrace our feelings, whatever they may be,” the statement said. “We are grateful for the time we had with him. His spirit lives on in our hearts through his words, his music, and the love that we still feel.”

Ben Cross was a veteran actor who broke through with the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which won the Oscar for best picture. He had the leading role as Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in the true story about two British athletes at the 1924 Games.

Cross starred alongside Sean Connery and Richard Gere in the 1995 film First Knight. He played Spock’s father Sarek in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek and portrayed Prince Charles in the television film William & Kate: The Movie in 2011.

In other roles, Ben Cross was the leading character in the TV miniseries Solomon in 1997. In the same year, he appeared as Captain Nemo in the CBS remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Mapes said Cross had just finished filming the horror movie The Devil’s Light with Virginia Madsen for Lionsgate. He will star in the upcoming Last Letter From Your Lover.

Ben Cross was survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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