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Veteran Actor John Hurt Passes Away of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 77

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January 28, 2017

John Hurt

English actor Sir John Hurt has passed away at age 77. The sad news was confirmed by his agent, via BBC. Hurt died of pancreatic cancer, after first being diagnosed in 2015. John Hurt appeared in over 120 different films across multiple decades, as well as numerous stage and television roles. He most recently appeared in the films Jackie, The Journey, Hercules and Snowpiercer. Hurt earned two Academy Award nominations years ago, for The Elephant Man in 1980, and Midnight Express in 1978. He won two BAFTA Awards for Acting, and was recognized for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2012. He was one of those talented actors who would always give a great performance no matter the role. It's sad to lose another actor.

John Hurt was born on January 22nd, 1940 in Chesterfield in Derbyshire, England. Accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, John made his stage debut in 1962 and also made his movie debut the same year, appearing in a supporting role in the 1962 drama Young and Willing. The Elephant Man was his most well-recognized role, though he also appeared in all kinds of different films including: Alien, 1984, Heaven's Gate, The Field, Dead Man, Wild Bill, Contact, Night Train, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as Mr. Ollivander, Dogville, Hellboy, V for Vendetta, Brighton Rock, The Oxford Murders, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Immortals, and Only Lovers Left Alive. He will most certainly be remembered fondly for all of his outstanding work as a very talented actor. Rest in peace.

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  • Just terrible. He was so unique. A true actor. RIP
  • eurogibbon
    Some other great work of his: The Shout, Scandal, his Quentin Crisp, The Storyteller, and his particularly memorable voice work in Watership Down and The Lord of the Rings.
  • son_et_lumiere
    farewell to a real titan of the acting world. accomplished, assured, and supremely talented. The Elephant Man, Krapp's Last Tape, Alien and 1984 are the roles that will stay with me, but frankly he was one of those actors who was so assured and accomplished that seeing his name meant you would probably watch the film, regardless of story, co-stars, or anything else. proof positive that winning or not winning Oscars is no measure of or impediment to excelling at your craft. godspeed, sir, RIP.
  • Sad news.
  • grimjob
    The Elephant Man was the first film to ever bring me to tears. I was in 6th grade, at home sick from school, and it was on tv. RIP
  • DAVIDPD
    Rest easy, John Hurt.
  • Bo
    No reason to think this is terrible or to be sad about it. As Hurt himself said when sharing his illness in 2015 he wasn't afraid of death and we all are just passing time here and are not in the chair for very long. According to him he was a drinking man and even so he lived a pretty long life in spite of that...and had a great career starting from in his early 20's. Not bad at all and none of us live forever. Who'd want to? All is well, all is well...and this is just a part of this journey we call life. I'm not sad and don't think this is terrible. I celebrate Mr. Hurt and his work that I enjoyed thru the years. No reason to get in a funk about it.
  • Cyberdine
    No more movies with John Hurt saddens me. RIP sir.

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