Sep 12 2011 11:43am

Remembering Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield

Tragic news from Australia, as Starz has released a statement confirming the death of Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Whitfield, a relative unknown when he was cast as Spartacus, impressed fans and critics alike with his intense, emotionally wrenching portrayal of a man tormented by his past and destined to lead a bloody uprising against the tyranny of all-powerful Rome.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, his co-star Lucy Lawless remembered Whitfield as “a gentle man who never said a bad word about anyone, a gifted photographer, engineer (no really!) and a brilliant actor. Andy’s incandescent film presence made men want to be him and women want to marry him.” Initially diagnosed with cancer while preparing for the second season of Spartacus, Whitfield battled back (appearing at San Diego Comic Con in 2010, where he was greeted by thunderous applause) only to relapse a few short months later; he was only 39, and leaves behind a wife and two children.

Whitfield will continue to be celebrated by fans for both his brooding, electric performances as well as our occasional glimpses of the man behind the scenes, in lighter moments. While his time in the spotlight was brief, Andy Whitfield will certainly be remembered as a great talent gone far, far too soon.

David Thomson
1. ZetaStriker
He was a great actor; as goofy as Spartacus was with its over-the-top CG blood and sexuality, he sold his role as the suffering slave strongly enough to save the show from its own campy writing. He'll be missed, and in honor of his passing I'll link a fun little youtube video he did pro bono during his recovery between seasons 1 and 2 of Spartacus. Enjoy.
Joel Cunningham
2. jec81
I never got a chance to see Spartacus but I have followed the behind-the-scenes since I heard of his illness and have been hoping for a recovery. Sad to hear he lost his battle.
Theresa DeLucci
3. theresa_delucci
This is so sad. He was so good on Spartacus. I was bummed he couldn't return for the second season, but mostly just hoped he'd get better so I could watch him im other projects. Cancer is so unfair.

@1 I love that clip. Everything I heard about Andy Whitfield said that he was a good guy, especially nice to his fans.
Heather J.
4. Heather J.
I was really hoping he'd be able to battle back from this. How incredibly sad!
Heather J.
5. TomR(Mac)
While most people associate Andy with Spartacus, I will forever remember him as the lead in the Low budget Aussie Genre film 'Gabriel'. By no means was it a great film but it had style and Andy kicked ass like a John Woo gunfighter.

Kick Angelic Ass, Andy.
Darren James
6. b8amack
So hard to believe. He seemed so larger than life, in Spartacus. RIP.
Mo -
7. Astus
A real shame. A good Aussie actor. RIP.

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