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John Hurt

Born: 1940

Biography

Sir John Vincent Hurt (January 22, 1940 – January 25, 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned over five decades. He came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976). Hurt's performance in the prison drama Midnight Express (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of astronaut Kane, in the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), notably included a scene where an alien creature burst out of his chest, named by several publications as one of the most memorable moments in cinema history. Hurt earned his third competitive BAFTA, along with his second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as Joseph Merrick in David Lynch's biopic The Elephant Man (1980). Other significant roles during the 1980s included Bob Champion in biopic Champions (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984), Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989). Hurt was again BAFTA-nominated for his work in Irish drama The Field (1990) and played the primary villain, James Graham, in the epic adventure Rob Roy (1995). His later films include the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008), supernatural thriller The Skeleton Key (2005), western The Proposition (2005), political thriller V for Vendetta (2005), action adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), sci-fi action Outlander (2008) and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Hurt reprised his role as Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009), which brought his seventh BAFTA nomination. He portrayed the War Doctor in the BBC TV series Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", in 2013. Hurt was regarded as one of Britain's finest actors; director David Lynch described him as "simply the greatest actor in the world". He possessed what was described as the "most distinctive voice in Britain", likened by The Observer to "nicotine sieved through dirty, moonlit gravel". His voice acting career encompassed films such as Watership Down (1978), The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Plague Dogs (1982), The Black Cauldron (1985), Dogville (2003) and Planet Dinosaur (2011) as well as BBC TV series Merlin (2008–2012). In 2012, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award, in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to cinema". He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died 25/01/2017

Resources

Movies

Frankenstein Unbound

Dr. Joe Buchanan / Narrator (voice) in Frankenstein Unbound

The Plague Dogs

Snitter (voice) in The Plague Dogs

Watership Down

Hazel (voice) in Watership Down

Shooting Dogs

Christopher in Shooting Dogs

The Alien Saga

Narrator (voice) in The Alien Saga

Scandal

Stephen Ward in Scandal

Aria

The Actor in Aria

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Commissioner

James morton in The Commissioner

An Englishman in New York

Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York

The Naked Civil Servant

Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant

Love and Death on Long Island

Giles De'Ath in Love and Death on Long Island

All the Little Animals

Mr. Summers in All the Little Animals

Hiroshima

Narrator (voice) in Hiroshima

Shaolin: Wheel of Life

Narrator (voice) in Shaolin: Wheel of Life

Lecture 21

in Lecture 21

The Hit

Braddock in The Hit

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape

The Hunting of the Snark

The Narrator (voice) in The Hunting of the Snark

Lou

Doyle in Lou

The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm

Narrator (voice) in The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs

Malcolm Scrawdyke in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs

Night Crossing

Peter Strelzyk in Night Crossing

Sailcloth

Man in Sailcloth

The Confession

Priest in The Confession

Windprints

Charles Rutherford in Windprints

Vincent

(voice) in Vincent

The Climb

Chuck Langer in The Climb

East of Elephant Rock

Nash in East of Elephant Rock

Champions

Bob Champion in Champions

Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict

Narrator (voice) in Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict

New Blood

Alan White in New Blood

Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers

Narrator (voice) in Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers

Dark at Noon

Anthony / Le Marquis in Dark at Noon

On Jupiter

Narrator (voice) in On Jupiter

Little Sweetheart

Robert Burger in Little Sweetheart

Six Characters in Search of An Author

The Father in Six Characters in Search of An Author

Saigon Baby

Jack Lee in Saigon Baby

Sinful Davey

Davey Haggart in Sinful Davey

The Plot Against Harold Wilson

Narrator (voice) in The Plot Against Harold Wilson

Red Fox

Archie Carpenter in Red Fox

Shadowing the Third Man

Narrator (voice) in Shadowing the Third Man

After Darkness

Peter Hunningford in After Darkness

Deadline

Granville Jones in Deadline

Whistle and I'll Come to You

James Parkin in Whistle and I'll Come to You

Night Train

Michael Poole in Night Train

Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill

Man from Maybury Hill in Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill

Who Bombed Birmingham?

Chris Mullin in Who Bombed Birmingham?

Two Nudes Bathing

Marquis de Prey in Two Nudes Bathing

The Alchemist's Letter

The Alchemist (voice) in The Alchemist's Letter

An Evening with Quentin Crisp

Host in An Evening with Quentin Crisp

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins

Richard Forbush in Mr. Forbush and the Penguins

Frightmares

in Frightmares

Love at First Sight

Arthur in Love at First Sight

23 Degrees, 5 Minutes

Professor Orit in 23 Degrees, 5 Minutes

Journey to Knock

Alfred in Journey to Knock

The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets

Siegfried Sassoon in The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets

That Good Night

Ralph in That Good Night

Paul McCartney: From Rio to Liverpool

Narrator (voice) in Paul McCartney: From Rio to Liverpool

Lapse of Memory

Conrad Farmer in Lapse of Memory

The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima

Narrator (voice) in The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima

Rocinante

Bill in Rocinante

The Journey – Stories from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Narrador in The Journey – Stories from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Romeo.Juliet

La Dame aux Chats / Mercutio (voice) in Romeo.Juliet

Break

Jack in Break

The Playboy of the Western World

Christopher Mahon (Christy Mahon) in The Playboy of the Western World

Bait

Jack Blake in Bait

Interview with John Hurt

Self in Interview with John Hurt

Thames Film

in Thames Film

Ayamé

Narrator (voice) in Ayamé

Dmitri Shostakovich: A Man of Many Faces

Narator in Dmitri Shostakovich: A Man of Many Faces

The Storyteller: The Three Ravens

The Storyteller in The Storyteller: The Three Ravens

Monolith

Narrator (voice) in Monolith

Iceberg

Narrator (voice) in Iceberg

The Elephant Man

John Merrick in The Elephant Man

You're Dead...

Maitland in You're Dead...

The Field

Bird' O'Donnell in The Field

The Osterman Weekend

Lawrence Fassett in The Osterman Weekend

The Oxford Murders

Arthur Seldom in The Oxford Murders

10 Rillington Place

Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place

44 Inch Chest

Old Man Peanut in 44 Inch Chest

King Lear

The Fool in King Lear

Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

Carnak in Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

The Ghoul

Tom Rawlings in The Ghoul

Partners

Kerwin in Partners

Great Moments in Aviation

Rex Goodyear in Great Moments in Aviation

Success Is the Best Revenge

Dino Montecurva in Success Is the Best Revenge

One Last Score

Sean Cooper in One Last Score

Ballybrando

Self in Ballybrando

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Dr. Iannis in Captain Corelli's Mandolin

King Ralph

Lord Percival Graves in King Ralph

Heaven's Gate

Billy Irvine in Heaven's Gate

From the Hip

Douglas Benoit in From the Hip

Rob Roy

John Graham in Rob Roy

Owning Mahowny

Victor Foss in Owning Mahowny

Brighton Rock

Phil Corkery in Brighton Rock

Wild Bill

Charley Prince in Wild Bill

Monolith

Villano in Monolith

Crime and Punishment

Porfiry, chief investigator in Crime and Punishment

Tabloid

Vince in Tabloid

This Is My Street

Charlie in This Is My Street

In Search of Gregory

Daniel in In Search of Gregory

Snowpiercer

Gilliam in Snowpiercer

Hercules

Cotys in Hercules

Spectre

Mitri Cyon in Spectre

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

The War Doctor in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Damascus Cover

Miki in Damascus Cover

Dogville

Narrator (voice) in Dogville

I Dreamt I Woke Up

Boorman's Alter Ego in I Dreamt I Woke Up

Tender Loving Care

Dr. Turner in Tender Loving Care

The Snipist

The Ministry in The Snipist

Hello: A Portrait Of Leslie Phillips

in Hello: A Portrait Of Leslie Phillips

The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed

Self in The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed

Paul McCartney - Take It Away

in Paul McCartney - Take It Away

I, Claudius: A Television Epic

Self in I, Claudius: A Television Epic

The Shout

Anthony Fielding in The Shout

A.K.A Nadia

347 in A.K.A Nadia

Heaven's Gate: The Butcher's Cut

Billy Irvine in Heaven's Gate: The Butcher's Cut

The Lord of the Rings

Aragorn (voice) in The Lord of the Rings

Contact

S. R. Hadden in Contact

Hellboy

Prof. Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm in Hellboy

The Skeleton Key

Ben Devereaux in The Skeleton Key

Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron

Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm (voice) in Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron

The Proposition

Jellon Lamb in The Proposition

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Control in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Miranda

Christian in Miranda

The Beast Within: Making Alien

Self in The Beast Within: Making Alien

The Disappearance

Atkinson in The Disappearance

Before Winter Comes

Lieutenant Pilkington in Before Winter Comes

Three Dangerous Ladies

Lt. George Simmonds in Three Dangerous Ladies

Jake Speed

Syd in Jake Speed

Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor

The War Doctor in Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor

My Name Is Lenny

Leslie Salmon in My Name Is Lenny

David Macaulay: Pyramid

Khufu / Second French Explorer (voice) in David Macaulay: Pyramid

Whaledreamers

Self in Whaledreamers

Bare Knuckle

in Bare Knuckle

Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend'

Self in Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend'

The Day of the Doctor: Cinema Intro

The War Doctor in The Day of the Doctor: Cinema Intro

Alien

Kane in Alien

V for Vendetta

Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Narrator (voice) in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Outlander

Rothgar in Outlander

The Limits of Control

Guitar in The Limits of Control

Recount

Warren Christopher in Recount

The Gruffalo

Owl (voice) in The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo's Child

The Owl (voice) in The Gruffalo's Child

Jayne Mansfield's Car

Kingsley Bedford in Jayne Mansfield's Car

The Pied Piper

Franz in The Pied Piper

Muse of Fire

Self in Muse of Fire

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

Sailor John (voice) in Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

The Journey

Harry Patterson in The Journey

The Black Cauldron

The Horned King (voice) in The Black Cauldron

Jackie

The Priest in Jackie

The Bengali Night

Lucien Metz in The Bengali Night

More Than Honey

Narrator (english voice) in More Than Honey

On Borrowed Time

Self in On Borrowed Time

Lost Souls

Father Lareaux in Lost Souls

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

The Countess in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Immortals

Old Zeus in Immortals

A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

Grandpa Sammy (voice) in A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

ChickLit

Francis Bonar in ChickLit

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Harold Oxley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Swan Lake 3D - Live from the Mariinsky Theatre

The Voice of the Winter Palace / Self in Swan Lake 3D - Live from the Mariinsky Theatre

The 50 Greatest Television Dramas

Self in The 50 Greatest Television Dramas

Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty

Self in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty

Bandyta

Babits in Bandyta

Dead Man

John Scholfield in Dead Man

Valiant

Felix (voice) in Valiant

White Mischief

Gilbert Colville in White Mischief

Melancholia

Dexter in Melancholia

Second Best

Uncle Turpin in Second Best

Only Lovers Left Alive

Christopher Marlowe in Only Lovers Left Alive

Boxes

Le père de Fanny in Boxes

The Wild and the Willing

Phil Corbett in The Wild and the Willing

In Love with Alma Cogan

MC in In Love with Alma Cogan

Stream Line

Chandler in Stream Line

Short Order

in Short Order

A Man for All Seasons

Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons

Pride

Harry (voice) in Pride

The Sailor from Gibraltar

in The Sailor from Gibraltar

Midnight Express

Max in Midnight Express

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Trevor Bruttenholm in Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film

Self in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film

The Tigger Movie

Narrator (voice) in The Tigger Movie

Resident Alien

Actor in Resident Alien

Making History: Mel Brooks on Creating the World

Self (archive footage) in Making History: Mel Brooks on Creating the World

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation

Self in Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Spaceballs

Kane in Spaceballs

Manderlay

Narrator (voice) in Manderlay

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Thumbelina

Mr. Mole (voice) in Thumbelina

New York, I Love You

Bellhop in New York, I Love You

Once Upon a Halloween

The Horned King in Once Upon a Halloween

The World of Jim Henson

The Storyteller (archive footage) in The World of Jim Henson

Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony

Self (archive footage) in Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony

Sightseers

Jerusalem Narrator (voice) (uncredited) in Sightseers

History of the World: Part I

Jesus - The Roman Empire in History of the World: Part I

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

The War Doctor (archive voice) in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

Live Aid

Self in Live Aid

Waking Sleeping Beauty

The Horned King (voice) (archive footage) in Waking Sleeping Beauty

TV Shows