Joseph Cure

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Joseph O'Connell Cure (December 10, 1983 – November 8, 2015) was an American ice hockey player and actor. Cure made his film debut in Walt Disney Pictures' Miracle in 2004. Cure, a hockey player himself, was cast as Mike Ramsey, the youngest member of the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. ice hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.[1]

Cure, one of three siblings and a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, began playing ice hockey when he was five years old.[1] He was playing bantem minor ice hockey before high school.[1] In 2002, he and his hockey team from the Academy of Holy Angels won the Class AA Minnesota state hockey tournament.[1] He graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels in 2002.[2] Cure then relocated to Texas, where he played junior ice hockey.[1] He attended Baylor University before being cast in Miracle.[1]

Cure, who had no acting experience at the time, auditioned for a part in the Disney's Miracle, a film focusing on the Team USA's Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Olympics. Cure, the youngest actor cast as a player in the film, portrayed Mike Ramsey, the youngest player in the 1980 US ice hockey team.[1] The film opened on February 6, 2004. In a 2004 interview before filming began, Cure recalled the audition process, "I'm out in L.A., auditioning and pretending to be an actor, hoping somebody buys it."[1] Miracle marked his film debut.[1] Ten years later, in a 2014 interview with the Minnesota magazine, Let’s Play Hockey, Cure noted "The story of ‘Miracle’ is truly a love story about 20 young boys coming together and taking on the world. … Being a part of ‘Miracle’ forever changed the way I view the Olympics."[1]

Cure received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008.[2] He moved to Bozeman, Montana, where he completed a post baccalaureate pre-med program. While applying to medical school, he was pursuing a master's in neuroscience at Montana State University by 2016.[1]

Joseph Cure was killed in a traffic accident on Montana Highway 287 in Madison County, Montana, on November 8, 2015, at the age of 31.[1][3] Slick conditions on Highway 287 caused his vehicle to skid and roll over several times.[1] A passenger, who was also a Montana State student, was seriously injured in the accident.[1] Cure was survived by his parents, Bob and Mary Cure, and two siblings, Kelly and Randy.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Walsh, Paul (2015-11-11). "Obituary: Joe Cure, Bloomington skater who landed 'Miracle' role". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Joseph O'Connell Cure". Star Tribune. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  3. ^ "'Miracle' actor, hockey player dies in crash". KARE-TV. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2015-12-05.

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  • Joseph Cure on IMDb
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