Andy Whitfield dies at age 39

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  1. nasune
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    Andy Whitfield, whose impressive physique didn't hurt his lead performance in the Starz series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" has died in his home country of Australia after a battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Whitfield was 39. In a statement provided to Associated Press, Whitfield's wife, Vashti, called her husband a "beautiful young warrior" who died on a "sunny morning" in the "arms of his loving wife." Whitfield -- who was born in Wales and lived in Australia -- was a virtual unknown when he was cast as the title hero in "Spartacus," a hit original series for the Starz network that was known for its graphic violence and sexuality. Whitfield was preparing for the show's second season when he was diagnosed 18 months ago. And in January, the network announced that another Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, would take over the series' lead role. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in 'Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.[/p]

    Bit sad really, I didn't really like Spartacus, but I liked him in Gabriel.

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  2. SamAsh07

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    Never heard of him, but probably was a well-known actor, R.I.P
     
  3. ProtoKun7

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    So he played Spartacus?
    Never seen it, bar the occasional ad.

    [Insert joke about there now being more than one Spartacus]
     
  4. Ace

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    It's a darn shame because the show is kickass. Hopefully it'll still be after Mr. Whitfeld's death, because the first season was a freaking blast.
     
  5. adgloride

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    What a shame sparticus blood and sand never got another series with Andy Whitfield (It is doing with another actor). I think they started on the second series when he was clear and the cancer came back. I did enjoy the prequel of this though Sparticus gods of the arena how Crixus became a gladiator. Maybe goes a bit too far in what roman times were really like but well worth watching just for the incredible story lines. R.I.P.
     
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    i read the title and was like "who the hell is that" - i clicked and i saw the pic and damn it, i like that show, plus he seemed like a decent guy. i didn't finish watching the prequel, it didn't grab me as much.
     
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    I see there are many people like me, who don't remember actors names, only faces [​IMG]

    I only remember a handful.
     
  8. Zetta_x

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    It's hard to remember an actors name when they always use different names. I never watch the credits and I almost never care to look up their real name.

    I watched all of season 1 sparticus from 6PM to 6-7 AM one day; epic show
     
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    Same here, never bother with credits unless I know from internet reviews & people's comments that there is secret ending/trailer etc etc.

    Only actors I remember are the ones WORTH remembering, like DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Vin Diesel, Heath Ledger (R.I.P [​IMG]) etc
     
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    The dood in Freddiew's video died! Rest In Peace. Was one of the most awesome video Freddiew has ever made!
     
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    Whaaaat, I never saw him in Freddiew videos, can you link me?
     
  12. Satangel

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    Shame for the guy, I liked his performance in Spartacus. Spartacus has just began airing here in Belgium, I really like it so far!
    RIP man.
     
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    Who?


    no offence but is the person is not known dont post him
     
  14. Guild McCommunist

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    He is known.

    Just because you don't know who he is doesn't mean he's not known.
     
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    Lol epic pwn [​IMG]
     
  16. Gahars

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    I haven't watched any of his work, but it's still sad to see a promising actor in the midst of a successful career die of such a terrible affliction.
     
  17. machomuu

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    I don't really care about his acting career, he was young and didn't deserve it.
     
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    in your heart...coz secretly you love me !!!!
    i dont know who it was
    but still it was only 39 and i heard it was a good actor
    R.I.P
     
  19. Chhotu uttam

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    Poor guy,he was 39 and he died.

    R.I.P.
     
  20. gokujr1000

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    First Uncle Ben and now Spartacus? What a week...