Rio Hackford, the son of director Taylor Hackford and stepson of Helen Mirren, has died at age 51 after a battle with an unspecified sickness.
The late star’s brother, Alex Hackford, confirmed the information on Friday, April 15. Rio died in the future earlier in Huntington Seashore, California. He’s survived by his spouse, Libby Grace, and their two kids.
The Los Angeles native was an actor who starred in movies together with Trumbo and Jonah Hex and TV collection together with American Crime Story. In 2010, Rio had a small function in Love Ranch, which was directed by his father, 77, and starred his stepmother, 76.
Earlier this 12 months, Rio appeared alongside Sebastian Stan and Lily James on Hulu’s Pam & Tommy. One among his greatest credit was offering movement seize for the droid IG-11, voiced by Taika Waititi, in The Mandalorian.
Rio is Taylor’s solely baby with Georgie Lowres, whom he divorced in 1972. The Oscar nominee shares Alex with ex-wife Lynne Littman, whom he was married to from 1977 to 1987. The Ray director has been married to Mirren since 1997.
Along with performing in varied movie and TV roles over time, Rio was additionally the proprietor of a number of profitable bars in New Orleans: One Eyed Jacks, El Matador and Pal’s Lounge. He owned a bar referred to as Homestead in San Francisco as nicely and renovated The Monty in Los Angeles.
Rio’s pal D.V. DeVicentis paid tribute to the late actor in a heartfelt submit shared through Instagram. “Rio was extra attuned to expertise than anybody I’ve ever identified,” the producer wrote on Thursday, April 14. “He would cease what was taking place to level it out, compel you to concentrate.”
The screenwriter additionally highlighted Rio’s love for movie and music. “He would put an expertise for you on the stereo, then begin it over and play it once more for you as a result of we had been speaking over it the primary time and ‘Pal, you actually need to take heed to it,’” DeVicentis wrote. “Not merely obsessive about films and the way they mirrored and compelled, he was one thing extra: a superfan of enumerable scenes, of explicit gestures of unsung actors, bizarre profession turns, roaring comebacks, cinema swan songs — all actual experiences for you, when beheld consciously.”
DeVicentis’ submit garnered many surprised and transferring reactions from mates and colleagues who additionally knew him. “I used to be so unhappy to listen to about Rio passing,” Robin Tunney wrote within the feedback part. “He was too good to be that good-looking. Too cool to be that relatable. My [God] that man was particular. RIP Rio.”
Lake Bell, who directed two episodes of Pam & Tommy, added, “It is a huge loss.”