Sir John Hurt, the masterful actor behind the role of Gilbert Kane in ALIEN and as the titular role in THE ELEPHANT MAN, has died at the age of 77.
His career, stretching over sixty years, has given cinema some of its greatest performances; such as Winston Smith in 1984, Adam Sutler in V FOR VENDETTA, and Professor Broom in HELLBOY.
He had struggled with pancreatic cancer alongside his wife of 12 years, Anwen Rees-Myers.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends for he will be dearly missed and remembered.
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I grew up with Sir John's extraordinary portrayals of Olivander from the first Harry Potter film, and as Professor Broom from Hellboy. His incredible talents, and unforgettable voice have been a part of my life since I was a child, and he will always remain one of my favorite actors of all time.
Another great has been lost, but never forgotten. God speed, Mr. Hurt. You are truly one of the greatest of the greats.
He was and still is an idea that remains with each of us. You can not say "farewell" to those whom have not been lost. We should feel grief for no longer having him amongst us in a physical capacity. However, we must always remember that life does not end when the atoms we temporarily own begin to change into something new. It is simply another of the universe's mysterious transformations. :)
RIP John Hurt. A sad loss and amazing versatile talent. He never ceased to amaze me, where he could just pop up unexpectedly in films and brought life to his characters. As much as he could be the main star in a film, he always added something extra in his supporting roles with films like Snowpiercer and Outlander for example. I certainly feel gutted about his passing.
not fair. not one bit! john was meant to see the scene that topped the original chestburster scene. the universe is cruel. he should have been allowed to stay......at least for the new scene. scott must be devastated. i know deep down....scott made the scene for john
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