Notorious Australian villain Mark 'chopper' Read, whose life story was the subject of a movie biopic, has died at the age of 58.

The thug, who spent a total of 23 years behind bars for violent crimes and once bragged of murdering 19 people, passed away at a hospital in Melbourne on Wednesday (09Oct13) after a battle with liver cancer.

His life story was depicted in 2000 movie Chopper, which starred Eric Bana in the lead role.