John Hurt

Hurt in January 2015 Sir John Vincent Hurt (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned more than 50 years.

Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film ''A Man for All Seasons'' (1966) and gained BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayals of Timothy Evans in ''10 Rillington Place'' (1971) and Quentin Crisp in television film ''The Naked Civil Servant'' (1975) – winning his first BAFTA for the latter. He played Caligula in the BBC TV series ''I, Claudius'' (1976). Hurt's performance in the prison drama ''Midnight Express'' (1978) brought him international renown and earned Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, along with an Academy Award nomination. His BAFTA-nominated portrayal of astronaut Kane, in the science-fiction horror film ''Alien'' (1979), yielded a scene where an alien creature burst out of his chest. It has been named by several publications as one of the most memorable moments in cinema history.

Hurt earned his third competitive BAFTA, along with his second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic ''The Elephant Man'' (1980). Other significant roles during the 1980s included Bob Champion in biopic ''Champions'' (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama ''The Hit'' (1984), Winston Smith in ''Nineteen Eighty-Four'' (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, ''Scandal'' (1989). Hurt was again BAFTA-nominated for his work in Irish drama ''The Field'' (1990) and played the primary villain, James Graham, in the epic adventure ''Rob Roy'' (1995). His later films include the ''Harry Potter'' film series (2001–11), the ''Hellboy'' films (2004 and 2008), supernatural thriller ''The Skeleton Key'' (2005), western ''The Proposition'' (2005), political thriller ''V for Vendetta'' (2005), sci-fi adventure ''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'' (2008) and the Cold War espionage film ''Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'' (2011). Hurt reprised his role as Quentin Crisp in ''An Englishman in New York'' (2009), which brought his seventh BAFTA nomination. He portrayed the War Doctor in the BBC TV series ''Doctor Who'' in 2013.

Hurt was regarded as one of Britain's finest actors; director David Lynch described him as "simply the greatest actor in the world". He possessed what was described as the "most distinctive voice in Britain", likened by ''The Observer'' to "nicotine sieved through dirty, moonlit gravel". His voice acting career encompassed films such as ''Watership Down'' (1978), ''The Lord of the Rings'' (1978), ''The Plague Dogs'' (1982), ''The Black Cauldron'' (1985) and ''Dogville'' (2003), as well as BBC TV series ''Merlin'' (2008–2012). In 2012, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BAFTA Award, in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to cinema". He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 2017
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Published 2001
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Published 1996
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Published 1991
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Published 2003
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Published 1995
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