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Birth information

22 January 1940 Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK

Death information

25 January 2017 East Runton, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Given Name

John Vincent Hurt

How tall is John Hurt?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Anwen Rees-Myers
Jo Dalton
Donna Peacock
Annette Robertson

Life Story of John Hurt

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician. The youngest of three children, he spent much of his childhood in solitude. Demonstrating little initiative, he was guided into art as a possible direction. The family moved to Grimsby when he turned twelve and, despite an active early passion in acting, his parents thought less of it and enrolled him at the Grimsby Art School and St. Martin's School of Art where he showed some flourish. When he could not manage to get another scholarship to art school, his focus invariably turned to acting.

Accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, John made his stage debut in 1962 and remained there in typically offbeat form such plays as "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger". An odd, somber, pasty-looking fellow with an aquiline nose (injured while playing sports) and a mass of Irish freckles, he was hardly leading man material. However, his earlier focus as a...

Significant features of John Hurt

Deep gravelly voice
Frequently played characters with positions of power
Frequently played characters who suffer physical torment
Frequently played character who died. This happened on more than 40 times

How much money has John Hurt earned?

A Man for All Seasons (1966) £3,000

What movies did John Hurt play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Damascus Cover (2017) Miki, That Good Night (2017) Ralph, My Name Is Lenny (2017) Leslie Salmon, The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets (2016) Older Sassoon, Jackie (2016) The Priest, The Journey (2016) Harry Patterson, ChickLit (2016) Francis Bonar, The Last Panthers (2015) Tom Kendle, Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015) Sailor John, A.K.A Nadia (2015) 347, Break (2015) Jack, The Alchemist's Letter (2015) The Alchemist, Hercules (2014) Lord Cotys, Doctor Who (2013) The Doctor / The War Doctor, Snowpiercer (2013) Gilliam,...

Birth information

22 January 1940 Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK

Death information

25 January 2017 East Runton, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Given Name

John Vincent Hurt

How tall is John Hurt?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Anwen Rees-Myers
Jo Dalton
Donna Peacock
Annette Robertson

Life Story of John Hurt

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician. The youngest of three children, he spent much of his childhood in solitude. Demonstrating little initiative, he was guided into art as a possible direction. The family moved to Grimsby when he turned twelve and, despite an active early passion in acting, his parents thought less of it and enrolled him at the Grimsby Art School and St. Martin's School of Art where he showed some flourish. When he could not manage to get another scholarship to art school, his focus invariably turned to acting.

Accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, John made his stage debut in 1962 and remained there in typically offbeat form such plays as "Infanticide in the House of Fred Ginger". An odd, somber, pasty-looking fellow with an aquiline nose (injured while playing sports) and a mass of Irish freckles, he was hardly leading man material. However, his earlier focus as a...

Significant features of John Hurt

Deep gravelly voice
Frequently played characters with positions of power
Frequently played characters who suffer physical torment
Frequently played character who died. This happened on more than 40 times

How much money has John Hurt earned?

A Man for All Seasons (1966) £3,000

What movies did John Hurt play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Damascus Cover (2017) Miki, That Good Night (2017) Ralph, My Name Is Lenny (2017) Leslie Salmon, The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets (2016) Older Sassoon, Jackie (2016) The Priest, The Journey (2016) Harry Patterson, ChickLit (2016) Francis Bonar, The Last Panthers (2015) Tom Kendle, Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure (2015) Sailor John, A.K.A Nadia (2015) 347, Break (2015) Jack, The Alchemist's Letter (2015) The Alchemist, Hercules (2014) Lord Cotys, Doctor Who (2013) The Doctor / The War Doctor, Snowpiercer (2013) Gilliam,...

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John Hurt in Alien - Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt (1979)

He resided with Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot from 1967 until 1983, when she was killed in a riding accident in Oxfordshire. They were riding together when he witnessed the accident, in which she was thrown from her horse and landed on her head on the road.

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John Hurt in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

He trained to become a painter at Grimsby Art School in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England.

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John Hurt and Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England; he became an Associate Member.

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John Hurt in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

He did the film History of the World: Part I (1981) because he had just gotten through doing two seriously dramatic films and said that he wanted to have fun and do a comedy.

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John Hurt in 1984 (1984)

Had two sons with Jo Dalton: Nicolas Hurt and Alexander Hurt.

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John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton in 1984 (1984)

He worked with two Boromirs. In Ralph Bakshi's film The Lord of the Rings (1978), he provided the voice of "Aragorn", opposite Michael Graham Cox (as "Boromir") who went on to reprise the role for BBC radio. He later appeared in Das Feld (1990) with Sean Bean, who played the role in Peter Jackson's adaptation.

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John Hurt in 1984 (1984)

His mother opened a school at his father's vicarage when he was five.

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John Hurt and Bob Flag in 1984 (1984)

He was the youngest of three children of Arnold Herbert Hurt and Phyllis Massey.

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John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton in 1984 (1984)

His father was vicar of Shirebrook, Derbyshire and Vicar of St. John's parish in Sunderland, County Durham.

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He spoofed his role from Alien (1979) in Mel Brooks' parody Spaceballs (1987).

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John Hurt and Paul Ganus in Monolith (1993)

On January 16, 2006, he received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Hull, Yorkshire.

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David Niven and John Hurt in Bevor der Winter kommt (1968)

He was not the first choice for the role of Gilbert Kane in Alien (1979). He was brought in on the second day of filming after Jon Finch, the original actor cast for the role, was diagnosed with a severe case of diabetes and taken to hospital.

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John Hurt and Topol in Bevor der Winter kommt (1968)

As Winston Smith in 1984 (1984), he portrayed a victim of a totalitarian society, with Big Brother as its head. In V for Vendetta (2005), he portrayed the Big Brother-type leader Chancellor Sutler.

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John Hurt in Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)

He provided the voice of Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's film The Lord of the Rings (1978). Though not a financial success, it sparked enough interest in Tolkien's works that the BBC decided to air its own adaptation, and it was also what inspired Peter Jackson to make his live-action films. Both subsequent adaptations featured Ian Holm, with whom Hurt appeared in Alien (1979).

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John Hurt in Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)

An early passion for acting was triggered when he saw Alec Guinness play Fagin in the film Oliver Twist (1948).

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John Hurt and Hayley Mills in Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)

His sister became a school teacher in Australia; his brother, the eldest child, a Roman Catholic monk.

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John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was friends with the late John Entwistle, bassist and founding member of The Who. He had written a poem about him and read it out loud at his memorial October 24, 2002.

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John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama.

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John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

The make-up he wore to play The Elephant Man (1980) also inspired the appearance of Gothmog in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).

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John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was considered for the role of Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (2007), which went to Donald Pleasence.

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Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

Once an alcoholic, he gave up smoking and drinking after his fourth marriage (2005).

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John Gielgud, Anthony Hopkins, and John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He played the Roman Emperor Caligula between the ages of 16 (in 29 AD) and 28 (in 41 AD) in I, Claudius (1976).

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John Gielgud, Anthony Hopkins, and John Hurt in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was cast as the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) when Christopher Eccleston declined to reprise the role for the Time War episodes. To avoid throwing off the numbering of subsequent Doctors (Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, etc.), his version was designated the War Doctor. He was the first Oscar-nominated actor to play the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) or Doctor Who (2005). At age 73, he also became the oldest actor to play a version of the Doctor on television, the first CBE to play the Doctor on television, and in 2015, he became the only actor to have played the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (1996) or Doctor Who (2005) to have been conferred with a knighthood.

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John Hurt and Anne Bancroft in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

Had appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: A Man for All Seasons (1966), Midnight Express (1978) and The Elephant Man (1980). The only one to win was A Man for All Seasons (1966).

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John Hurt, Dexter Fletcher, and Freddie Jones in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was the voice of Aragron in The Lord of the Rings (1978), which featured Norman Bird as Bilbo, Christopher Guard as Frodo, and William Squire as Gandalf. In other films, Hurt went on to work with two other Gandalfs, Bilbos and Frodos, and one other Sam Gamgee. Watership Down (1978) featured Michael Hordern, who played Gandalf for the BBC Radio adaptation. The Black Cauldron (1985) featured John Huston, who played Gandalf in The Hobbit (1977). Scandal (1989) featured Ian McKellen, who played the role in Peter Jackson's films. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), he appears with Bill Nighy, who played Sam in the BBC Radio version. In The Oxford Murders (2008), he works with Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in Peter Jackson's films. In Pride (2004), he works with Martin Freeman, who played Bilbo in Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise (2012). In Alien (1979), he works with Ian Holm, who played Frodo on the radio, and Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

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John Hurt and Lesley Dunlop in Der Elefantenmensch (1980)

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. He resided in Cromer, Norfolk, England.

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John Hurt and Ron Perlman in Hellboy (2004)

He shared a role, apart from Aragorn, with three cast members of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth films. In Immortals (2011) he plays the older version of Zeus, who is played as a young man by Luke Evans. In Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Zeus is played by Sean Bean.

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John Hurt and Ron Perlman in Hellboy (2004)

Had two roles in common with Sylvester McCoy: (1) Hurt played the Fool in King Lear (1983) while McCoy played him in King Lear (2008) and (2) McCoy played the Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) and Doctor Who (1996) while Hurt played the War Doctor in Doctor Who (2005).

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John Hurt, Ron Perlman, and Doug Jones in Hellboy (2004)

He played Lord Percival Graves in King Ralph (1991), which was loosely based on Emlyn Williams' novel "Headlong" (1980). Both Williams and Hurt played the Roman Emperor Caligula in adaptations of Robert Graves' novel "I, Claudius" (1934): Williams in the unfinished film I, Claudius (1937) and Hurt in I, Claudius (1976).

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John Hurt and Doug Jones in Hellboy (2004)

Both he and William Hartnell, one of his predecessors as the Doctor, appeared in film adaptations of Graham Greene's 1938 novel "Brighton Rock": Hartnell played Dallow in Brighton Rock (1948) while Hurt played Phil Corkery in Brighton Rock (2010).

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John Hurt and Jeffrey Tambor in Hellboy (2004)

Out of all working actors in Hollywood, he holds the record for the most onscreen character deaths, 47 in total.

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John Hurt in Hellboy (2004)

He was considered for the role of the villain Jafar in Disney's fantasy film Aladdin (1992), which went to Jonathan Freeman.

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John Hurt, Samantha Eggar, Ian McShane, David Sumner, etc.

He was awarded the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Solo Performance for "Krapp's Last Tape", in a Gate Theatre Dublin production at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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John Hurt in Sein größter Sieg (1984)

He was considered for the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which went to Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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John Hurt in Sein größter Sieg (1984)

He was diagnosed with and was treated for pancreatic cancer but eventually lost the battle with the illness in 2017.

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John Hurt in Sein größter Sieg (1984)

He pulled out of a West End version of "The Entertainer" due to an intestinal complaint.

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John Hurt and Jan Francis in Sein größter Sieg (1984)

His sister died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) while he was filming The Proposition (2005).

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John Hurt, David Warner, John McEnery, etc.

He was offered the role of Mohandas K. Gandhi in Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi (1982), but declined the offer. He felt that by the 1980s it had become inappropriate for a Caucasian European to portray a person of Asian descent. The role instead became a big break for another British classical actor, Ben Kingsley, who was of genuine Indian descent on his father's side.

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John Hurt in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

When he appeared as the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, he was not the first actor to play an alternative incarnation of the Doctor. Michael Jayston had played the Valeyard in the original series, Doctor Who (1963), in 1986, who was an amalgamation of the Doctor's darker sides from between his twelfth and final incarnations.

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John Hurt in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

When his performance as John Merrick in The Elephant Man (1980) was premiered in October 1980, rock star David Bowie was playing the same role on Broadway.

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John Hurt, David Warner, John McEnery, etc.

Hurt was the 22nd Harry Potter film series cast member to die.

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John Hurt in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

He died about six months before the death John Heard, an actor with a similar name.

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John Hurt, David Warner, John McEnery, etc.

There is a song by Alt-J: "The Gospel of John Hurt".

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John Hurt in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

Hated the idea of being regarded as "a star." John Hurt always claimed that he had no idea what stardom meant.

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John Hurt and David Warner in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

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John Hurt in Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

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John Hurt, David Warner, John McEnery, etc.

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