Legendary Actor John Hurt Dead At 77

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Legendary actor John Hurt has died at the age of 77, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On Friday, news broke that the two-time Oscar nominee known for his roles in the “Harry Potter” films, “1984,” Alien,” and “The Elephant Man” has passed away. (RELATED: Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: John Hurt attends a Memorial Service for Sir Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey on March 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: John Hurt attends a Memorial Service for Sir Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey on March 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Hurt was born January 22, 1940 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. He said in an interview with The Guardian in 2000 that he always wanted to act.

“I wanted to act very early,” Hurt said. “I didn’t know how to become an actor, as such, nor did I know that it was possible to be a professional actor, but I first decided that I wanted to act when I was 9. I was effused with a feeling of complete and total enjoyment, and I felt that’s where I should be.”

He was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor and received a Golden Globe win for his performance in the 1978 film “Midnight Express,” where he played a heroin addict in a Turkish prison based of the true story of Billy Hayes.

In 2015 he announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to another report.

He was known for his unique voice and the amount of times during his career his characters died.

“I think I’ve got the record,” Hurt said once. “It got to a point where my children wouldn’t ask me if I died, but rather how do you die?”

Most recently he appeared in “Snowpiercer,” “The Journey,” and “Jackie.” He will also reportedly be in two upcoming features, “That Good Night” and “My Name Is Lenny.”

Hurt is survived by his fourth wife Anwen Rees-Myers, and his sons, Alexander and Nicholas.

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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