Helen Mirren’s Step-Son Rio Hackford Dead at 51 After Illness – Nifey

Rio Hackford and Helen Mirren.

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Rio Hackford, the director’s son taylor hackford and son-in-law of Helen Mirrendied aged 51 after a battle with an unspecified illness.

The late star’s brother, Alex Hackford, the news confirmed on Friday, April 15. Rio died a day earlier in Huntington Beach, California. He is survived by his wife, Libby Graceand their two children.

The Los Angeles native was an actor who starred in films including Trumbo and Jonah Hex and television series including American crime history. In 2010, Rio played a small role in Love Ranchdirected by his father, 77, and starring his stepmother, 76.

Earlier this year, Rio appeared alongside Sebastian Stan and Lily James on Hulu Pam and Tommy. One of his greatest credits was providing the motion capture for the droid IG-11, voiced by Taika Waititiin The Mandalorian.

Rio is Taylor’s only child with Georgia Lowrewhom he divorced in 1972. The Oscar nominee shares Alex with his ex-wife Lynne Litmanto whom he was married from 1977 to 1987. The Ray The director has been married to Mirren since 1997.

Along with starring in various film and television roles over the years, Rio also owned several successful bars in New Orleans: One Eyed Jacks, El Matador and Pal’s Lounge. He also owned a bar called Homestead in San Francisco and renovated The Monty in Los Angeles.

Rio’s friend DV De Vicentis paid tribute to the late actor in a heartfelt post shared via Instagram. “Rio was more tuned into the experience than anyone I’ve ever known,” the producer wrote on Thursday, April 14. “He would stop what was happening to report it, make you pay attention.”

The screenwriter also highlighted Rio’s love for film and music. “He would put an experience for you on the stereo and then start it up again and play it again for you because we were talking about it the first time and ‘Dude, you really gotta listen to it,'” DeVicentis wrote. “Not just obsessed with films and the way they reflected and imposed themselves, he was something more: a superfan of myriad scenes, peculiar gestures of unsung actors, strange career turns, roaring comebacks , from swan songs to movies – all real experiences for you, when seen consciously.”

DeVicentis’ post drew many stunned and moving reactions from friends and colleagues who also knew him. “I was so sad to hear of Rio’s passing” Robin Tunney written in the comments section. “He was too nice to be so handsome. Too cool to be so relatable. My [God] this man was special. RIP Rio.

Bell Lakewho directed two episodes of Pam and Tommyadded: “It’s a huge loss.”

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Helen Mirren’s Step-Son Rio Hackford Dead at 51 After Illness – Nifey