Ronan Vibert, an actor known for fact-based roles of PL Travers’ publisher Diarmuid Russell in Saving Mr. BanksGiovanni Sforza on Showtime’s The Borgias and Perry Cline on History Hatfields & McCoys, has passed away. He was 58.
Vibert died Thursday at a Florida hospital after a short illness, his manager Sharon Vitro said The Hollywood Reporter. The exact nature of the disease was not specified.
He also returned in television series, including Carnival row, Penny awful, Rome and Wake the deadin addition to a number of stage and film credits.
Born in Cambridgeshire, England, on February 23, 1964, Vibert lived in Penarth, South Wales, until attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Prominent early roles included three episodes of the critically acclaimed 1989 British miniseries Trafficwhich served as the basis for Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning 2000 film Traffic.
Vibert scored a number of roles in British television programs in the 1990s, including episodes of Birds of a feather, love joy and Give me give me give me. Subsequently, he appeared in films like Shadow of the vampire (2000) opposite John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, starring Kirsten Dunst The cat’s meow (2001) by director Peter Bogdanovich, Oscar winner by Roman Polanski The pianist (2002), the Angelina Jolie-led sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The cradle of life (2003) and James Franco’s vehicle Tristan + Isolde (2006).
In John Lee Hancock’s Oscar-nominated Disney Studios drama Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Vibert played Emma Thompson’s publisher Mary Poppins author Travers as part of a cast that also included Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Bradley Whitford.
His most recent feature film roles came with two 2017 titles: the Michael Fassbender-led thriller The snowman and the historical action movie 6 days with Jamie Bell and Mark Strong. Other TV credits included The Alienist, The Chronicles of Lizzie Borden, NCIS: Los Angeles, Poirot, The bill and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Survivors include his wife, Jess Grand Vibert.