He was hit by myocardial infarction attack, when attending the ground-breaking ceremony of a TV and movie production base in the southern Guangdong province.
Gu, whose original name is Hu Shixue, was appointed by Marshal Ye Jianying to play the role of Mao Zedong in 1978, two years after the great leader passed away.
In his 27-year-long film career, Gu played Mao in 84 TV programs or movies, including well-known movies The Founding Ceremony of China and The Story of Mao Zedong.
He won two Best Actor titles at Hundred Flowers Awards, one of China's most prestigious film accolades, in 1990 and 1993.
Editor: Chen Ying/Photo: stardaily
(Gu Yue in film)
(Gu Yue in daily life)