Creator / John Hurt

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"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 (January 22, 1940-January 25, 2017) was an English actor, who initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons, and sustained a career in lead and supporting roles in many popular motion pictures.

Hurt was one of England's best-known, most prolific and sought-after actors, and had a versatile film career spanning five decades. He was 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 was 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 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.

Hurt starred in a voice part in the Warhammer 40,000 CG-animated movie Ultramarines, and also appeared on Doctor Who as the War Doctor, a Shell-Shocked Veteran who 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 that 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 was willing to insure the film while Hurt had cancer. He eventually passed away on January 25, 2017, three days after his 77th birthday. The news of his death was announced two days later.

An 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. Oh, and he was at drama school with Ian McShane, and they shared an apartment, leading to a lifelong friendship.

Not to be confused with Mississippi John Hurt.

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  • The Alcoholic: He might have disagreed, calling it "a silly word", but there's no denying he enjoyed the tip of a glass, though perhaps not to the extremes of his generational cohorts Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed, which would go some way towards explaining why he outlived all of them. When he died, many completely ordinary people recounted stories of his jovial casual friendliness towards them at the bar stool.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice has been described as a mixture of honey and acid, and is a big reason why he was able to chalk up over 200 film and TV roles.
  • Badass Moustache: Just look at it.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • He had his own official Facebook account and frequently posted Doctor Who and Alien related humour.
    • Not only that, at the age of 73 he got to play a brand-new (or at least previously unrevealed) version of The Doctor, adding to his cool old guy cred.
    • He was also a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland to the point he could recite Jabberwocky from memory as seen here.
  • Determinator: He suffered from pancreatic cancer, an especially devastating form of the disease that typically kills within a few months. Hurt hung on for two years after being diagnosed, and kept working the whole time, with him even claiming the cancer was in remission, until at the time of his death there were still three films he'd appeared in that had yet to be released.

Alternative Title(s): Sir John Hurt

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