Christo Jivkov, star of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ passes away at 48

Christo Jivkov, an actor and producer, died on April 1st. The Bulgarian-born actor died after a long battle with lung cancer.

His Iconic Role

Christo Jivkov, the lead actor, is well recognized for his portrayal of John the Apostle in Mel Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. According to Deadline, the actor died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.

Film Academy

On March 6, 2007, Bulgarian actor Christo Jivkov appeared during the photocall for the Italian film “In Memoria Di Me” at Villa Borghese in Rome, Italy.

The 2001 Role

After attending film school, Jivkov landed his first major role as Giovanni delle Bande Nere in Ermanno Olmi’s The Profession of Arms in 2001.

Award Winning Sensation

His lead cast film, The Profession of Arms, was a box office hit, winning nine David di Donatello Awards in 2002, including Best Film.

His Production Company

Christo Jivkov transitioned from actor and producer to co-founder of a film production firm in 2009. The celebrity co-founded Red Carpet Films, an independent production business that has generated some of Bulgarian National Television’s most successful shows.

Friendly Last Message

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, famed for her appearance in the 1999 Bond film The World Is Not Enough, paid tribute to her pal on her Instagram page.

“Still can’t believe you’re gone… endless pain,” her caption homage read in English. Hello, Christo, dear friend, gentle spirit; your struggle for life was the struggle of all those who love you.”

Mel Gibson’s Tribute

Mel Gibson, the director of one of Jivkov’s most well-known films, recently issued a comment mourning the star’s death. “My dear friend Christo has lost his heroic battle with cancer,” Gibson said. He was filled with optimism till the last end, and his spirit was powerful. I will miss him, but I know his pain is done, and he is in eternal pleasure. “May God keep him.”


Christo Jivkov, star of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ passes away at 48