Sir John Hurt: Bafta-winning actor dies aged 77

Media captionA demeanour behind during a life of Sir John Hurt

Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his representative has said.

The Bafta-winning star, famous for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015.

He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, a biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s wife.

US executive Mel Brooks described Sir John as “cinematic immortality”, as tributes poured in for a star.

Despite being given a all-clear for cancer, he final year pulled out of play The Entertainer due to ill-health.

Sir John motionless not to perform as Billy Rice in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s production on a recommendation of his doctors.

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Hurt in a purpose of Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man

Brooks paid reverence to Sir John, who had starred in his comedy Spaceballs, observant on Twitter: “No one could have played The Elephant Man some-more memorably.”

He added: “He carried that film into cinematic immortality. He will be sorely missed.”

Sir John also played a partial of wand-maker Mr Ollivander in a Harry Potter films.

Author of a books, J K Rowling, tweeted: “So really unhappy to hear that a immensely gifted and deeply dear John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Stephen Fry praised Sir John for being “great on a stage, tiny shade and big”.

Lord of a Rings star Elijah Wood said: “It was such an respect to have watched we work, sir.”

British actor Alfred Molina said Sir John was “a gloriously gifted actor, one of a best, of this or any era.”


Obituary: ‘The mulberry of my mind’

John Hurt was one of Britain’s best-known and many versatile actors.

He was innate on 22 January, 1940 in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Over 6 decades, he seemed in some-more than 120 films as good as countless theatre and radio roles.

He went to St Martin’s School of Art in London before gaining a grant to a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1960.

The genocide of his impression in a film Alien has mostly been voted as one of cinema’s many noted moments.

The film censor and historian Geoff Andrew once asked Hurt how he managed to frequently spin in such noted performances.

“The usually approach we can report it is that we put all we can into a mulberry of my mind and wish that it is going to perturbation and make a decent wine,” he said.

“How that routine happens, I’m contemptible to tell we we can’t describe.”

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Sir John was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

After his cancer diagnosis a same year, he told a Radio Times: “I can’t contend we worry about mortality, though it’s unfit to get to my age and not have a small speculation of it.

“We’re all only flitting time, and occupy a chair really briefly.”

In 2013, he seemed in Doctor Who as a War Doctor, a hitherto secret incarnation of a character.

He was still operative adult until his death, starring in Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, thriller Damascus Cover and a arriving biopic of fighter Lenny McLean, My Name Is Lenny.

He was also filming Darkest Hour, in that he starred as Neville Chamberlain conflicting Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill, scheduled to be expelled in December.

He has been married to Anwen Rees Meyers, a former singer and exemplary pianist, for 12 years.

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Hurt with his mother Anwen Rees Meyers during a premiere of Harry Potter and a Half-Blood Prince in 2009

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