British screen legend Sir John Hurt sadly passed away yesterday evening. He was 77. According to various sources, the remarkable actor – known for involvement in some of the most important films and franchises in history – was suffering with pancreatic cancer, although a cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Hurt enjoyed a prolific career in film, both in the UK and Hollywood. Throughout his career, Hurt was nominated for two Academy Awards – one as Best Supporting Actor for Midnight Express (for which he won a Golden Globe) and again as Best Leading Actor for The Elephant Man.
Many will fondly remember Hurt for his powerful impact roles in Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien, Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, and of course, as Diagon Alley shopkeeper Mr. Ollivander – “the wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter” – in the Harry Potter film franchise; which remains as beloved and inspired as it did way back in the 2000s.
Hurt is currently in UK and US cinemas now, with his fabulously textured supporting role in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, alongside Natalie Portman (read our official verdict here), and he’ll also be seen in forthcoming titles such as My Name is Lenny and That Good Night.
We at Filmoria will forever miss this vital player in our cinematic export, and our sincerest thoughts and love are with Hurt’s family and friends during this sobering time.
Rest in Peace, Sir John Hurt. (1940 – 2017)
A remarkable career spanning six decades. One of Britain’s finest screen actors. John Hurt. We’re going to miss you dearly. RIP. ? pic.twitter.com/NXfgVIxXam
— filmoria (@filmoria) January 28, 2017