Ben Cross, an actor who starred in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire and Star Trek, has died after a short illness.
The actor’s daughter, Lauren Cross, said her father died in Vienna, Austria. A family statement called 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.
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.”
Cross’s breakout role was 1981’s Chariots of Fire, which won the Oscar for best picture. He had the leading role as runner Harold Abrahams in the true story about two British athletes at the 1924 Olympic Games.
He played Spock’s father Sarek in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek and portrayed Prince Charles in the TV film William & Kate: The Movie in 2011.
Cross had just finished filming the horror movie The Devil’s Light with Virginia Madsen and he’ll star in the upcoming Last Letter From Your Lover.
He is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.
Ben Cross was 72.