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