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Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_John_Hurt Mississippi John Hurt]].

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Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_John_Hurt Mississippi John Hurt]]. And no, he's not related to Creator/WilliamHurt.


[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] John Vincent Hurt, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever 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 ''Film/AManForAllSeasons'', and sustained a career in lead and supporting roles in many popular motion pictures.

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[[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] John Vincent Hurt, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (January 22, 1940 - (22 January 25, 1940 - 25 January 2017) was an English actor, who initially came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the 1966 film ''Film/AManForAllSeasons'', and sustained a career in lead and supporting roles in many popular motion pictures.


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* ''Film/TheField'' (1990) as "The Bird" O'Donnell


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 ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' in 1984, and played Sutler, the Big Brother-like dictator in ''Film/VForVendetta''. He also famously dubbed several characters in works inspired by Creator/RichardAdams' novels - his most famous animated voice role was the heroic rabbit leader, Hazel, in the film of ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', but he also played the primary villain, the tyrannical General Woundwort, in the later television adaptation of the same novel. He also dubbed Snitter in ThePlagueDogs, an adaptation of a DarkerAndEdgier novel by the same author.

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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 ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' in 1984, and played Sutler, the Big Brother-like dictator in ''Film/VForVendetta''. He also famously dubbed several characters in works inspired by Creator/RichardAdams' novels - his most famous animated voice role was the heroic rabbit leader, Hazel, in the film of ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', but he also played the primary villain, the tyrannical General Woundwort, in the later television adaptation of the same novel. He also dubbed Snitter in ThePlagueDogs, ''ThePlagueDogs'', an adaptation of a DarkerAndEdgier novel by the same author.



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 Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheManWhoKilledDonQuixote'' to be delayed since nobody was willing to insure the film while Hurt had cancer (he was eventually replaced by Creator/JonathanPryce). He eventually passed away on January 25, 2017, three days after his 77th birthday. The news of his death was announced two days later.

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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 did, however, cause production of Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheManWhoKilledDonQuixote'' to be delayed since nobody was willing to insure the film while Hurt had cancer (he was eventually replaced by Creator/JonathanPryce). 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 ([=Jamie MacDonald=] from ''Series/TheThickOfIt''). 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 Film/TheElephantMan." The next day, the production got a card: "Congratulations on a magnificent performance of a very important play - [[SophisticatedAsHell from the cunt in The Elephant Man and his wife]]."

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An amusing story was told by Paul Higgins Creator/PaulHiggins ([=Jamie MacDonald=] from ''Series/TheThickOfIt''). 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 Film/TheElephantMan." The next day, the production got a card: "Congratulations on a magnificent performance of a very important play - [[SophisticatedAsHell from the cunt in The Elephant Man and his wife]]."


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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."''

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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 ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' in 1984, and played Sutler, the Big Brother-like dictator in ''Film/VForVendetta''. His most famous animated voice role was the heroic rabbit leader, Hazel, in the film of ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', but he played the primary villain, the tyrannical General Woundwart, in the later television adaptation.

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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 ''Film/NineteenEightyFour'' in 1984, and played Sutler, the Big Brother-like dictator in ''Film/VForVendetta''. His He also famously dubbed several characters in works inspired by Creator/RichardAdams' novels - his most famous animated voice role was the heroic rabbit leader, Hazel, in the film of ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'', but he also played the primary villain, the tyrannical General Woundwart, Woundwort, in the later television adaptation.
adaptation of the same novel. He also dubbed Snitter in ThePlagueDogs, an adaptation of a DarkerAndEdgier novel by the same author.


* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (1985) as the Horned King (voice)

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* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'' (1985) as the Horned King (voice)



* ''Disney/TheTiggerMovie'' (2000) as the Narrator (voice)

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* ''Disney/TheTiggerMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTiggerMovie'' (2000) as the Narrator (voice)


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pyramid}}'' (1988) as Pharaoh Khufu (voice)



* ChronicallyKilledActor: To the point [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHk-ooDV2HE his official YouTube channel]] has a death reel. A research shows Hurt dies in about a third of his filmography.

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* ChronicallyKilledActor: To the point [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHk-ooDV2HE his official YouTube channel]] has a death reel. A research shows Hurt dies in about a third of his filmography. He even dies in a ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Pyramid}} documentary]]''!


* ''Series/IClaudius'' (1976) as Caligula

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* ''Series/IClaudius'' (1976) as CaligulaUsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}


A ChronicallyKilledActor, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHk-ooDV2HE a YouTube compilation of his death scenes]] is even longer than it is for Creator/SeanBean. That's saying something. Oh, and he was at drama school with Creator/IanMcShane, and they shared an apartment, leading to a lifelong friendship.

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A ChronicallyKilledActor, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHk-ooDV2HE a YouTube compilation of his death scenes]] is even longer than it is for Creator/SeanBean. That's saying something. Oh, and he He was also at drama school with Creator/IanMcShane, and they shared an apartment, leading to a lifelong friendship.



* TheAlcoholic: 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 Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/OliverReed, 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.

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* TheAlcoholic: He might have disagreed, calling it "a silly word", but there's there is no denying he enjoyed the tip of a glass, though perhaps not to the extremes of his generational cohorts Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/RichardHarris and Creator/OliverReed, 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.



*** It's been said of him that, even in his senior years, he got to play a dragon, a wizard, ''and'' the Doctor, i.e. three of the coolest things in fiction.

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*** It's It has been said of him that, even in his senior years, he got to play a dragon, a wizard, ''and'' the Doctor, i.e. three of the coolest things in fiction.


* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' (2004) as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm

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* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'' (2004) as Professor Trevor Bruttenholm



* ''Film/{{Hercules 2014}}'' as King Cotys of Thrace

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* ''Film/{{Hercules 2014}}'' ''Film/{{Hercules|2014}}'' (2014) as King Cotys of Thrace

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* ArtImitatesLife: John Hurt's last reading role, the British drama [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Good_Night_(film) That Good Night]] is about a terminally ill artist of irascible nature trying to make peace with his own mortality and connect with his family during his final days. John Hurt was also a terminally ill artist of irascible nature trying to make peace with his own mortality and trying to connect with his family (as his children also worked in the film's production)during his final days.

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