Buddy Duress, Star of 'Good Time,' Passes Away at 38

Tragic Loss Rocks the Independent Film Community.

by Nouman Rasool
Buddy Duress, Star of 'Good Time,' Passes Away at 38
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In a somber announcement that has resonated through the entertainment industry, the untimely passing of Buddy Duress, born Michael C. Stathis, has been confirmed. The actor, celebrated for his riveting performance alongside Robert Pattinson in the 2017 critically acclaimed crime thriller "Good Time" by the Safdie brothers, was 38.

The news of his death in November 2023 was shared by his brother, Christopher Stathis, who revealed to People magazine that Duress succumbed to cardiac arrest resulting from a drug cocktail. Born in Queens, New York, in May 1985, Duress embarked on his acting career with a debut in the Safdie brothers' 2014 film "Heaven Knows What." The movie, which also featured Caleb Landry Jones and Arielle Holmes, marked the beginning of what would become a promising yet tragically short-lived career in the cinematic world.

In "Good Time," Duress portrayed the character Ray, a drug dealer entangled in a desperate quest alongside Connie Nikas, played by Pattinson, to retrieve a Sprite bottle filled with acid.

Expansive Filmography

Duress's filmography extends beyond his breakout roles, including contributions to films such as "Person to Person" (2017), "The Great Darkened Days" (2018), "Beware of Dog" (2020), "PVT Chat" (2020), "Flinch" (2021), and "Funny Pages" (2022).

His career was set to continue blossoming with two more projects awaiting release: the short film "Skull" and "Mass State Lottery," the debut feature by Jay Karales, also known as LowRes Wünderbred. Karales took to X/Twitter to express his heartfelt tribute to Duress, lauding him as an irreplaceable talent whose unique storytelling and authenticity on screen were unparalleled.

"This man was an absolute treasure... Buddy Duress was one of the most entertaining people I've ever met," Karales reminisced. Highlighting the actor's natural charisma and genuine presence, Karales shared his gratitude for having had the opportunity to work with Duress, not only as a director but also as a friend.

Duress's legacy is carried forward by his mother, Jo-Anne, and his younger brother, Christopher. His contribution to the cinematic landscape, marked by a blend of raw intensity and undeniable talent, will continue to be celebrated by fans and colleagues alike.

As the film community mourns the loss of such a vibrant soul, Buddy Duress's impact on the world of cinema remains indelible, reminding us of the profound effect a single artist can have on the collective imagination of audiences worldwide.