The actor earned cult fame for his role as a gang leader in the 1970s film classic

By Alexis L. Loinaz
February 26, 2014 02:35 PM

A warrior’s journey has come to a close.

Roger Hill, who scored a deep and loyal cult following for his breakout role in the seminal 1970s gang film The Warriors, has died. He was 65.

According to Variety, Hill passed away Thursday in New York City. The cause of death was not disclosed.

In a career that spanned 20 years, the native New Yorker amassed a slew of acting credits in theater, appearing Off-Broadway and touring with productions that included Hamlet, among others.

It was his role as a gang leader in 1979’s The Warriors that firmly etched Hill’s place in cult cinematic lore. Although the film earned just $22,400 in theaters, it would eventually become a touchstone of the cult canon, finding renewed life on home video and even spawning a video game.

He is reportedly survived by a son, Chris Hill, a film editor.