Actor of Academy Award-winning films Chariots of Fire and Star Trek, Ben Cross has died at the age of 72 due to a short illness in Vienna, Austria. The statement released by his family called him a born showman and entertainer who was a walking encyclopedia of music that could “sing anything.” It further added, “He was a man who taught us to embrace our feelings, whatever they may be. 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 has played the leading role as Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in the true story about two British athletes at the 1924 Games in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, which won the Oscar for best picture. He starred with Sean Connery and Richard Gere in the 1995 film First Knight. He was a part of the 2009 reboot of Star Trek as Spock’s father Sarek . In 2011, he starred as Prince Charles in the television film William & Kate: The Movie
He has also played as a leading character in the TV miniseries Solomon in 1997 and he appeared as Captain Nemo in the CBS remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Currently, he has finished filming the horror movie The Devil’s Light with Virginia Madsen for Lionsgate. He will be seen in the upcoming Last Letter From Your Lover.