Eddie Redmayne mourns death, wit and 'beautiful mind' of Stephen Hawking

Portraying physicist Stephen Hawking in the 2014 biopic "The Theory of Everything" earned Eddie Redmayne an Oscar, and it also fostered a mutual respect between the actor and renowned thinker, who died Wednesday at age 76.

"We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet," Redmayne said in a statement to The Times on Wednesday. "My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family."

As the brilliant astronomer, Redmayne embodied the subtle but devastating encroachments of Hawking’s degenerative neuromuscular disease, immersing himself in the ailments of ALS sufferers and literally charting the timeline of Hawking’s life to better his performance.

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