By Travis Martin
Today on January 27, 2017, legendary British actor John Hurt has passed away. He was 77 years old. This report comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who got their information from multiple British newspapers. While his cause of death is not known, it may be connected to a 2015 diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Hurt was born on January 22, 1940 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire to Phyllis (née Massey) and Arnould Herbert Hurt. While in school, Hurt began to develop his love of acting at the age of 8, and would enrolled in Grimsby Art School (later renamed the East Coast School of Art & Design) as an art major. He would later get a Art Teacher’s Diploma (ATD) to attend Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1959, but had to drop when he could not pay his tuition. However, a year later Hurt got another scholarship to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he was able to study acting for two years.
In 1962, Hurt’s first screen role was in a film “The Wild and the Willing.“ He would later have his first big break a year later in “A Man for All Seasons“ as Richard Rich, the Lord Chancellor for King Henry VIII‘s court. Hurt would go on to have numerous film and TV roles. In 1978, Hurt earned critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for “Midnight Express” Max, an English heroin addict in a Turkish prison.
It was in 1979 that Hurt gained American attention for his iconic role as Kane in Ridley Scott‘s “Alien,“ a role he reprised for Mel Brooks’ parody “Spaceballs.“ He would get another Oscar nomination for Best Actor playing physically deformed English patient John Merrick in David Lynch‘s “The Elephant Man.“ Hurt would have other roles in other films like the “Harry Potter” series, “Hellboy,“ “V for Vendetta,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Snowpiercer,” and BBC‘s “Doctor Who.“
Hurt’s most recent roles include a priest in “Jackie.” He has upcoming roles in 2017 that include films like “That Good Night,” “Damascus Cover,” “My Name Is Lenny,“ and “Darkest Hour.” Hurt is survived by his current wife Anwen Rees-Myers and his sons Alexander “Sasha” John Vincent Hurt and Nicholas “Nick” Hurt.