Actor Keith Jefferson, who starred in films including “The Hateful Eight” and “Django Unchained,” died Thursday at the age of 53, according to his representative.
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Nicole St. John told The Hollywood Reporter that Jefferson announced in August that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
“Every now and then God will give you a challenge and ask you to solve it,” he wrote at the time. “When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I had to stop, stop, and not want to share it with anyone. Not my family, not my extended family. Today I can finally share because of my faith Becoming more determined.”
Jefferson was born in Houston and received a bachelor’s degree in musical theater from American International Musical Theater in San Diego and a master’s degree in acting from the University of Arizona. His first screen role was in 1995’s “Boys on the Side.”
According to IMDb, Jefferson has appeared in multiple projects with friend Jamie Foxx. The two met in college and Jefferson appeared twice on Fox’s “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
Fox paid tribute to Jefferson on social media, writing: “This hurts. Keith, you were nothing but absolute grace, your life, your heart was pure, your love was immeasurable, you What an amazing soul. We will all miss you terribly. This will take a long time to heal. Goodbye my friend. I love you.”
He played Chunky Ralph in “Django Unchained” alongside Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson and in “The Hateful Eight” Charlie, and played land pirate Keith in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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