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Saving Mr Banks actor Ronan Vibert has died aged 58

Saving Mr Banks actor Ronan Vibert has died aged 58

Vibert had worked with some of the industry's top directors and talent throughout his career

The Snowman and Saving Mr Banks actor Ronan Vibert has passed away at the age of 58.

News of the actor's death was shared by his management, which explained he died on Thursday (22 December), two months before his 59th birthday.

The 58-year-old had enjoyed a decades long career starring alongside some of the industry's top directors and talent, having appeared in dozens of titles since his first acting credit in the late 1980s.

Over the years he worked with Michael Fassbender in the 2017 Christmas film The Snowman, as well as Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the 2013 Disney flick Saving Mr Banks.

Vibert worked on the Emmy award-winning Hatfields and McCoys.
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In 1997 he worked with Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider 2, and just a few years later he appeared in the Oscar-winning 2002 film The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski.

As well as working on the big screen, Vibert also had a number of TV credits having appeared in the Emmy award-winning Hatfields and McCoys with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, HBO's Rome, ITV's Poirot, NCIS LA and the Amazon Prime steampunk series Carnival Row.

Vibert is said to have suffered a short illness prior to his passing, Deadline reports, though his exact cause of death has not been disclosed.

He grew up in South Wales, UK before succeeding in earning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He lived in London for most of his life, though in recent years he had relocated to the US to live in Florida.

Vibert his survived by his wife, Jess.
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Tributes have been flooding in for Vibert following the news of his death shortly before Christmas, with one of his former co-workers, David Oakes, writing: "Truly shocked to hear about Ronan’s passing. A thoroughly charming, witty and kind human. I cherished working with him. Safe onwards…"

Another fan commented: "So sorry to hear this. He was such a talented actor. RIP Ronan Vibert."

A third wrote: "Very sad news - Ronan will be sorely missed. He was a lovely man, with a wicked sense of humour. RIP Ronan Vibert. My condolences to Jess & all who knew & loved him."

Viber is survived by his wife, Jess Grand Vibert.

His family is set to honour his passing with a private service in the coming days, though a Celebration of Life for the actor is expected to take place in London in the new year.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

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