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The Incredible Career Of John Hurt

English actor John Hurt, whose career spanned over six decades and included two Academy Award nominations and roles in the Harry Potter film series and Doctor Who TV series, has passed away at the age of 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hurt’s stellar career featured an incredibly diverse set of roles from Kane in 1979’s Alien to Control to 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Adam Sutler in 2005’s V for Vendetta. His two Oscar nominations came from his role of Max in 1978’s Midnight Express and as John Merrick in 1980’s The Elephant Man.

However, his most beloved roles came with his turn as The War Doctor in the Doctor Who TV series in 2013-14 and as Mr. Ollivander in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.


WATCH: The Many Deaths of John Hurt

The Many Deaths of John Hurt

WARNING: *MASSSIVE SPOILERS* Secondary warning: Some of the death scenes are violent. In his 50-year career, John Hurt's character has died approximately 40 times. In this video, 40 of his most famous death scenes are compiled.


Many people from the entertainment community took to Twitter to express their condolences to the late Hurt once the news of his passing was made public.

Adam Savage on Twitter

So so sad. John Hurt was a rarity: He elevated every movie he was in. A legend. https://t.co/z2gJuMHTe1

AMC Theatres on Twitter

The incredibly talented John Hurt has passed away. He will be missed. https://t.co/u6Y0xBdDnt

Mel Brooks on Twitter

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Kiefer Sutherland on Twitter

My deepest sympathies to John Hurt's family, friends and fans. He was a dear friend.

Scott Weinberg on Twitter

John Hurt passed away at 77 today, yet he made (at least) five more films that aren't even out yet. I think that says a lot about the man.

Carrie Hope Fletcher on Twitter

So sad to hear John Hurt has passed away. Merlin, Potter, Who, Indiana...the man spanned so much of what has and will always inspire me. RIP

Elijah Wood on Twitter

Very sad to hear of John Hurt's passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.

Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter

Oh no. RIP John Hurt. He made everything he was in better. I was looking forward to seeing many more performances.

Nerdist on Twitter

We're very sad to hear #JohnHurt has passed away at 77. RIP, our War Doctor and Ollivander. ❤? https://t.co/3TbLzVtahP

Mike Drucker on Twitter

John Hurt was the center of the best scene in Alien, and then was cool enough to parody it in Spaceballs. #RIP

Sharon Stone on Twitter

God speed to John Hurt, a legendary actor and good human being.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel.  (True story.)