Jim Hamilson died Wednesday of natural causes in a New Jersey hospital, his publicist confirmed to ABC News.
He was 71.
Hamilsson, best known for his role as Jack Lemmon in “Hellaloon,” had been battling with pancreatic cancer since 2013.
He has not played a role in the popular “Hellas” franchise since 2011.
“Jim had the great pleasure of working with such an extraordinary cast over the past several decades,” the actor and director, who had a career spanning five decades, said in a statement.
“The movie he created and the franchise he founded are in our hearts and souls forever.
Rest In Peace Jim.”
“Jim has been blessed with such a beautiful and generous life and will be greatly missed,” Hamilton’s publicist said.
“Rest In Peace.”
The actor was born in Pittsburgh in 1921.
He studied acting at the University of Pittsburgh before making a name for himself as a stage actor and actor-director.
He also co-founded the Philadelphia Improv and directed the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival.
He directed two movies in the late 1980s, “Hellraiser: Hellraiser” and “The Godfather: Part II.”
“We are so sad to share the sad news that Jim Hamiltons passing has been announced today,” the group that produces the television series “Hell, High and Rising” said in the statement.
The group said Hamilton died at 11:59 a.m.
Wednesday in New Jersey after being admitted to New Jersey Hospital Center in Newark.
The actor’s family is still gathering information about the cause of death, and the statement said it was too early to comment.
“Our thoughts are with Jim’s family at this difficult time,” the statement continued.
“We would also like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his friends and colleagues who have lost their loved ones in this tragedy.”
The news of Hamiltson’s death came after the actor, known for roles in “The Longest Yard,” “Pulp Fiction” and other blockbusters, died on Feb. 13, 2016, at the age of 71.