Cillian Murphy's J. Robert Oppenheimer Had A Tragic End In Real Life

Though J. Robert Oppenheimer has been relegated to the pages of history in recent times, Christopher Nolan's biopic on the influential physicist has made

the scientist (played by Cillian Murphy) who helped build the atomic bomb a household name once again, with a nearly $1 billion box office take as of press time.

The irony is that the great theoretical physicist, like his nemesis in "Oppenheimer," Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.), 

was previously well-known enough to adorn the cover of Time Magazine. Furthermore,

while the film explores the melancholy and tragedy that marked most of the titular scientist's life, it skips over his final years.

As viewers who have seen "Oppenheimer" would have noticed, the character is virtually always portrayed with a cigarette in hand, 

even at the most important moments of the bombs' construction. With this in mind, it's unlikely that many viewers

would be surprised to find that the physicist died of throat cancer in 1967. The historical figure, a lifelong supporter of Princeton University,

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