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Creator: John Hurt

John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born January 22, 1940) is an English actor. Hurt 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.

His filmography includes but is not limited to: Watership Down, Midnight Express, Alien, The Elephant Man (in the title role, no less), Caligula in I, Claudius, 1984, Rob Roy, Contact, Love And Death On Long Island, Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, V for Vendetta, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Professor Bruttenholm in the Hellboy film series. He also voiced Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated version of The Lord of the Rings.

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 1984 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 three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe, as well as two Academy Award nominations. 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.

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.

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