Starred in ‘Char­i­ots of Fire’

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

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

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 Mr. 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.”

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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 Mr. 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.”

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

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