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Hollywood legend John Hurt passes at aged 77

Hollywood legend John Hurt
passes at aged 77

Sir John Hurt was a multi-award winning actor in an illustrious six-decade career.

He won a Golden Globe and four BAFTA Awards and was also nominated for two Oscars.

The Academy Awards nominations were for Best Actor in a Leading Role in The Elephant Man in 1981 and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Midnight Express in 1979.

He won a Golden Globe in the same category for Midnight Express, where he played the character Max.

His acting talents in The Elephant Man, where he plays Londoner John Merrick, saw him nominated for a Golden Globe in the US in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category.

At the BAFTAs, he won Best Actor in 1976 and 1981 for The Naked Civil Servant and The Elephant Man.

He also earned Best Supporting Actor for Midnight Express in 1979 and Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in 2012.

Hurt was nominated for Best Actor in 2010 for An Englishman in New York and Best Supporting Actor in 10 Rillington Place in 1972 and Alien in 1979.

In his early years he was notorious for his wild lifestyle and once describe his career as not bad ‘for an old drunk’.
After cutting down on his drinking, Hurt poured his energies into his acting work.
In 2012 the British Academy of Film and Television Arts honoured him with a lifetime achievement award.
The actor’s official website and Facebook and Twitter accounts have been closed down.

John Hurt, who played the role of Mr. Ollivander, the guy who handed Harry Potter his first wand, saying “the wand chooses the Wizard”, died 40 times in his career, he acted in 186 films and died in more than 20 percent of them.
Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE was an English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades. He initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons. Wikipedia

Born: January 22, 1940, Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Died: January 27, 2017, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5′ 9″J
TV shows: Merlin, I, Claudius, The Alan Clark Diaries, More
Spouse: Anwen Rees-Myers (m. 2005–2017), More

Mike Connors, ‘Mannix’ Star, Dies at 91

Mike Connors, ‘Mannix’ Star, Dies at 91

LOS ANGELES — Mike Connors, who starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running television series “Mannix,” has died. He was 91.

The actor died surrounded by family Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of leukemia that had been diagnosed a week earlier, said his son-in-law, Mike Condon.

“Mannix” ran for eight years on CBS beginning in 1967. Viewers were intrigued by the tall, smartly dressed, well-spoken detective who could mix it up with the burliest of thugs and leap on the hood of a racing car to prevent an escape. Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl that left the culprits bruised and beaten.

MANNIX, Mike Connors, 1967-75Mike Connors

Mike Connors was an American actor best known for playing detective Joe Mannix in the CBS television series, Mannix. Connors’ acting career spanned six decades; in addition to his work on television, he appeared in numerous films

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Mike Connors
Mannix – 1967-1975
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Born: August 15, 1925, Fresno, CA
Died: January 26, 2017, Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA
Height: 6′ 2″
Spouse: Marylou Connors (m. 1949–2017)
Children: Dana Lee Connors, Matthew Gunner Ohanion

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Mary Tyler Moore Passes at 80

Passes at the age of 80

Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirty-something single woman who worked as … Wikipedia
Born: December 29, 1936, Brooklyn Heights, New York City, NY
Died: January 25, 2017
Height: 5′ 7″
Spouse: Robert Levine (m. 1983), Grant Tinker (m. 1962–1981), Richard Carleton Meeker (m. 1955–1961)
Children: Richie Meeker

Mary Tyler Moore, who played TV’s first sexy housewife and then a single, career woman who could turn the world on with her smile and toss her hat in the air like no other, died on Wednesday. She was 80.

Her longtime rep issued a statement to PEOPLE: “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

According to a source, Moore had been on a ventilator and had been hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her diabetes.  

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