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Farewell John Hurt, the iconic Alien actor passes away at 77
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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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27 Fan responses to Farewell John Hurt, the iconic Alien actor passes away at 77

I Meme Everything

PraetorianMember4115 XPJan-27-2017 5:54 PM

Rest in peace, John Hurt


FacehuggerMember118 XPJan-27-2017 6:17 PM

Just found out about this. Rip and God speed. 


OvomorphMember38 XPJan-27-2017 7:14 PM

Very sad to hear. Good man, excellent actor.


FacehuggerMember210 XPJan-27-2017 8:11 PM

I'm heartbroken.

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.

Something Real

TrilobiteMember5639 XPJan-27-2017 8:19 PM

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. :)


FacehuggerMember141 XPJan-27-2017 9:31 PM

"Life does not end when the atoms we temporarily own begin to change into something new." Great words, Something Real.


Always with us, Mr. Hurt! 


EngineerAdmin23296 XPJan-27-2017 9:43 PM

This is very sad news. :( RIP Mr. Hurt.


FacehuggerMember236 XPJan-27-2017 10:14 PM

Rip mr hurt indeed. god be with you forever in peace.


ChestbursterMember926 XPJan-27-2017 10:19 PM

Farewell John Hurt. RIP

Something Real

TrilobiteMember5639 XPJan-27-2017 11:47 PM

FARLANDER - I am pleased my view has brought you a modi*** of happiness despite the somber nature of this topic. :)


DeaconMember10416 XPJan-28-2017 12:08 AM

R.I.P  John Hurt

A true talented Legend who is so versatile in the kinds of roles he plays and always seems to do a very good job with every role he has ever taken, and also some amazing performances to boot.

On Stage or TV or on Film, his talents will be lost but never forgotten.


PraetorianMember2674 XPJan-28-2017 12:42 AM

So sad, one of my favourite actors, a truly incredible character actor. What a breadth and depth of work, he was never afraid to take on controversial or challenging roles.

No actor has ever moved me as much, he was outstanding. 

A Man For All Seasons, Midnight Express, ALIEN, 1984, The Elephant Man and Hellboy are amongst my favourites. But John was wonderful in every role, whether large or small. 

Like the true professional he was, he kept on working right up to the end, his last role was in the upcoming Jackie

RIP dear John, you will never be forgotten.


ChestbursterMember935 XPJan-28-2017 12:43 AM

Thanks for what you have given us, John. Apart from Alien, I particularly remember his performance in "I, Claudius".

Goddamn Tropics in here

FacehuggerMember288 XPJan-28-2017 1:16 AM

RIP John Hurt, sad sad news

60 years given to stage, big and small screen in many iconic roles

Executive Officer Kane firmly embedded himself in my mind as teenager and has never really left there

Now with the Space and Stars


Engineer Tech Brett

OvomorphMember59 XPJan-28-2017 3:27 AM

This has upset me to be honest. His performance in Alien helped me believe in the power of cinema.  He will always be Kane to me. RIP John Hurt.

Deep Space

FacehuggerMember320 XPJan-28-2017 7:31 AM

"Life does not end when the atoms we temporarily own begin to change into something new." Great words, Something Real.

Seconded - beautiful words SR :) 

RIP John.  ALIEN and Watership Down were two of my favourite films growing up!  A great actor 

Deep Space

FacehuggerMember320 XPJan-28-2017 7:31 AM



FacehuggerMember357 XPJan-28-2017 8:17 AM

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.


PraetorianMember2674 XPJan-28-2017 4:18 PM



OvomorphMember89 XPJan-28-2017 4:48 PM

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 least for the new scene. scott must be devastated. i know deep down....scott made the scene for john


OvomorphMember41 XPJan-28-2017 9:29 PM

I am so saddened with grief as I know everyone is with his untimely passing.

John may you rest in eternal happiness and true salvation for eternity. I too believe that John has transcended this earthly plane and arrived at total consciousness.

You will we be missed with great love and affection for all of your acting roles and so shall your spirit remain in these works that will enlighten other generations yet to come.

Forever and eternity John please rest in joy and all peace.


OvomorphMember28 XPJan-30-2017 10:03 PM

Sad to see an amazing man die. His performance in Alien remarkable, an iconic scene for cinema in general.

He will be missed.

Patient Leech

FacehuggerMember158 XPFeb-02-2017 8:41 AM


Great actor.


PraetorianMember2267 XPFeb-03-2017 9:30 PM

One of the most brilliant Scifi actors of our time. Rest in paradise 


FacehuggerMember143 XPFeb-15-2017 3:35 PM

Awe, RIP Hurt


OvomorphMember62 XPFeb-19-2017 7:51 AM

Rest in peace John Hurt. You will be missed.

Dr. Curt Connors

ChestbursterMember661 XPFeb-26-2017 9:02 AM

Rest in peace Mr. Hurt

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