John Hurt Overview:

Legendary actor, John Hurt, was born John Vincent Hurt on Jan 22, 1940 in Chesterfield, England. Hurt died at the age of 77 on Jan 25, 2017 in Cromer, England .


Serious, slightly-built British leading man and offbeat character star who can play sneering or sensitive and has certainly mixed triumph with disaster in no uncertain fashion in a sporadic film career. At his best he can give very moving performances; his standing rose dramatically after his Oscar nomination for The Elephant Man, and his strained features were put through the mill in other demanding roles. Also nominated for an Oscar in Midnight Express, he now plays mainly cynical or corrupt character roles.

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Although Hurt was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1978Best Supporting ActorMidnight Express (1978)MaxNominated
1980Best ActorThe Elephant Man (1980)John MerrickNominated

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Davey Haggart: [looking at his "Wanted" poster, disappointed] Is that all a man is worth?

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Once an alcoholic, he quit drinking after his fourth marriage in 2005.

Father was a vicar in Derbyshire.

Was offered the role of Dr. Yueh in Dune (1984).

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