Creator / John Hurt
"Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting."

Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 22 January 1940) is an English actor, who initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, and has since retained a career as a lead and supporting actor of many popular motion pictures.

Hurt is one of England's best-known, most prolific and sought-after actors, and has had a versatile film career spanning five decades. He is also known for his many Shakespearean roles, and oddly closed the circle on some special ones. For instance, he played Winston, the tyrannized subject of Big Brother in Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1984 and played Sutler, the Big Brother like dictator in V for Vendetta. His most famous animated voice role is the heroic rabbit leader, Hazel, in the film of Watership Down, but he played the primary villain, the tyrannical General Woundwart, in the later television adaptation.

Hurt has received multiple awards and honours throughout his career including four BAFTA Awards (For The Naked Civil Servant, Midnight Express and The Elephant Man, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award) and a Golden Globe, as well as two Academy Award nominations (for the latter two films). His character's demise in Alien is generally regarded as one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. He even reprised the role in the sci-fi spoof Spaceballs, directed by The Elephant Man producer Mel Brooks.

Starred in a voice-part in the Warhammer 40,000 CG-animated movie Ultramarines, and he's also appeared on Doctor Who as the War Doctor, a Shell-Shocked Veteran that shed the name "Doctor" and became a warrior.

He received a knighthood in the 2015's New Year's Honor List, a honor that was no doubt long overdue.

In June of 2015, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but said he was optimistic about treatment and said the disease would not interfere with his professional duties. It did however cause production of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to be delayed since nobody is willing to insure the film, while Sir John has cancer. As of October 14, 2015 he has been given an all-clear on his cancer diagnosis.

A rather amusing story was told by Paul Higgins, of The Thick of It (Jamie MacDonald) fame. On the opening night of Black Watch, a play Higgins was in, Hurt was sitting in the front row. One character had the line: "I don't care who plays me in the movie, so long as it's not that cunt in the Elephant Man." The next day, the production got a card: "Congratulations on a magnificent performance of a very important play - from the cunt in The Elephant Man and his wife."

A Chronically Killed Actor, a YouTube compilation of his death scenes is even longer than it is for Sean Bean. That's saying something. It could be argued he has a Meaningful Name (Hurt).

Not to be confused with Mississippi John Hurt.


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Alternative Title(s): Sir John Hurt