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John Steiner dead: Caligula actor killed in stateside car crash at 81 as tributes pour in

British actor John Steiner, who was a former Royal Shakespeare Company actor, made a name for himself playing villains, including in the film Caligula. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Joan Yarfitz.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the star had been living in La Quinta in California and died at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Desert Sun reports that a second person involved in the crash also suffered major injuries and police are still investigating the incident.

He was best known for playing the roles of villains, with his standout role coming in the 1979 film Caligula.

He portrayed the character Longinus, who was a financial advisor to the mad Roman Emperor Caligula, played by Malcolm McDowell.

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