John Hurt

John Hurt

  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 22-01-1940
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK
  • Also Known As:

    John Vincent Hurt
    Sir John Hurt

  • Popularity: 16.61
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Sir John Vincent Hurt (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned over five decades. He 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), notably included a scene where an alien creature burst out of his chest, 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 Joseph 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), action adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), sci-fi action Outlander (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's 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor", 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), Dogville (2003) and Planet Dinosaur (2011) 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.

Year Movie Character
1990 Frankenstein Unbound as Dr. Joe Buchanan / Narrator (voice)
1982 The Plague Dogs as Snitter (voice)
1978 Watership Down as Hazel (voice)
2006 Shooting Dogs as Christopher
2002 The Alien Saga as Narrator (voice)
1989 Scandal as Stephen Ward
1987 Aria as The Actor
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four as Winston Smith
1998 The Commissioner as James morton
2009 An Englishman in New York as Quentin Crisp
1975 The Naked Civil Servant as Quentin Crisp
2013 Charlie Countryman as Narrator (voice)
1998 Love and Death on Long Island as Giles De'Ath
1999 All the Little Animals as Mr. Summers
2005 Hiroshima as Narrator (voice)
2001 Shaolin: Wheel of Life as Narrator (voice)
2008 Lecture 21
1984 The Hit as Braddock
2000 Krapp's Last Tape as Krapp
1987 The Hunting of the Snark as The Narrator (voice)
2010 Lou as Doyle
2001 The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm as Narrator (voice)
1974 Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs as Malcolm Scrawdyke
1982 Night Crossing as Peter Strelzyk
2011 Sailcloth as Man
2011 The Confession as Priest
1990 Windprints as Charles Rutherford
1987 Vincent as (voice)
1998 The Climb as Chuck Langer
1977 East of Elephant Rock as Nash
1984 Champions as Bob Champion
2013 Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict as Narrator (voice)
1999 New Blood as Alan White
2012 Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers as Narrator (voice)
1992 Dark at Noon as Anthony / Le Marquis
1995 On Jupiter as Narrator (voice)
1989 Little Sweetheart as Robert Burger
1992 Six Characters in Search of An Author as The Father
1995 Saigon Baby
1969 Sinful Davey as Davey Haggart
2006 The Plot Against Harold Wilson as Narrator (voice)
1991 Red Fox as Archie Carpenter
2004 Shadowing the Third Man as Narrator (voice)
1985 After Darkness as Peter Hunningford
1988 Deadline as Granville Jones
2010 Whistle and I'll Come to You as James Parkin
1998 Night Train as Michael Poole
2003 Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill as Man from Maybury Hill
1990 Who Bombed Birmingham? as Chris Mullin
1995 Two Nudes Bathing as Marquis de Prey
2015 The Alchemist's Letter as The Alchemist (voice)
1980 An Evening with Quentin Crisp as Host
1971 Mr. Forbush and the Penguins as Richard Forbush
1987 Frightmares
2010 Love at First Sight as Arthur
2011 23 Degrees, 5 Minutes as Professor Orit
1991 Journey to Knock as Alfred
2016 The Pity of War: The Loves and Lives of the War Poets as Siegfried Sassoon
2017 That Good Night as Ralph
1990 Paul McCartney: From Rio to Liverpool as Narrator (voice)
1991 Lapse of Memory as Conrad Farmer
1985 The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima as Narrator (voice)
1986 Rocinante as Bill
2011 The Journey – Stories from the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa as Narrador
1990 Romeo.Juliet as La Dame aux Chats / Mercutio (voice)
2015 Break as Jack
1974 The Playboy of the Western World as Christopher Mahon (Christy Mahon)
2002 Bait as Jack Blake
2007 Interview with John Hurt as Self
1986 Thames Film
2018 Ayamé as Narrator (voice)
2015 Dmitri Shostakovich: A Man of Many Faces as Narator
1980 The Elephant Man as John Merrick
1999 You're Dead... as Maitland
1990 The Field as Bird' O'Donnell
1983 The Osterman Weekend as Lawrence Fassett
2008 The Oxford Murders as Arthur Seldom
1971 10 Rillington Place as Timothy Evans
2009 44 Inch Chest as Old Man Peanut
1983 King Lear as The Fool
2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie as Carnak
1975 The Ghoul as Tom Rawlings
1982 Partners as Kerwin
1994 Great Moments in Aviation as Rex Goodyear
1984 Success Is the Best Revenge as Dino Montecurva
1999 One Last Score as Sean Cooper
2009 Ballybrando as Self
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin as Dr. Iannis
1991 King Ralph as Lord Percival Graves
1980 Heaven's Gate as Billy Irvine
1987 From the Hip as Douglas Benoit
1995 Rob Roy as John Graham
2007 Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron as Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm (voice)
2003 Owning Mahowny as Victor Foss
2010 Brighton Rock as Phil Corkery
1995 Wild Bill as Charley Prince
1993 Monolith as Villano
2002 Crime and Punishment as Porfiry, chief investigator
2001 Tabloid as Vince
1964 This Is My Street as Charlie
1969 In Search of Gregory as Daniel
2013 Snowpiercer as Gilliam
2014 Hercules as Cotys
1977 Spectre as Mitri Cyon
2013 Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor as The War Doctor
2017 Damascus Cover as Miki
1991 I Dreamt I Woke Up as Boorman's Alter Ego
1996 Tender Loving Care as Dr. Turner
2012 The Snipist as The Ministry
2013 Hello: A Portrait Of Leslie Phillips
2001 The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed as Self
1982 Paul McCartney - Take It Away
2002 I, Claudius: A Television Epic as Self
1978 The Shout as Anthony Fielding
2015 A.K.A Nadia as 347
1978 The Lord of the Rings as Aragorn (voice)
1997 Contact as S. R. Hadden
2004 Hellboy as Prof. Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm
2005 The Skeleton Key as Ben Devereaux
2005 The Proposition as Jellon Lamb
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as Control
2002 Miranda as Christian
2003 The Beast Within: Making Alien as Self
2013 Only Lovers Left Alive as Christopher Marlowe
1977 The Disappearance as Atkinson
1969 Before Winter Comes as Lieutenant Pilkington
1977 Three Dangerous Ladies as Lt. George Simmonds
1986 Jake Speed as Syd
2013 Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor as The War Doctor
2017 My Name Is Lenny as Leslie Salmon
1989 David Macaulay: Pyramid as Khufu / Second French Explorer (voice)
1988 The Bengali Night as Lucien Metz
2006 Whaledreamers as Self
2020 Bare Knuckle
2004 Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' as Self
1979 Alien as Kane
2006 V for Vendetta as Chancellor Adam Sutler
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer as Narrator (voice)
2008 Outlander as Rothgar
2009 The Limits of Control as Guitar
2008 Recount as Warren Christopher
2011 Melancholia as Dexter
2009 The Gruffalo as Owl (voice)
2011 The Gruffalo's Child as The Owl (voice)
2013 Jayne Mansfield's Car as Kingsley Bedford
1972 The Pied Piper as Franz
2013 Muse of Fire as Self
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie as Sailor John (voice)
2017 The Journey as Harry Patterson
1985 The Black Cauldron as The Horned King (voice)
2016 Jackie as The Priest
2012 More Than Honey as Narrator (english voice)
2011 On Borrowed Time as Self
2000 Lost Souls as Father Lareaux
1994 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues as The Countess
2011 Immortals as Old Zeus
1994 Second Best as Uncle Turpin
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures as Grandpa Sammy (voice)
2016 ChickLit as Francis Bonar
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Harold Oxley
2013 Swan Lake 3D - Live from the Mariinsky Theatre as The Voice of the Winter Palace / Self
2007 The 50 Greatest Television Dramas as Self
2013 Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty as Self
1997 Bandyta as Babits
1995 Dead Man as John Scholfield
2005 Valiant as Felix (voice)
1987 White Mischief as Gilbert Colville
2007 Boxes as Le père de Fanny
1962 The Wild and the Willing as Phil Corbett
2011 In Love with Alma Cogan as MC
1976 Stream Line as Chandler
2005 Short Order
1966 A Man for All Seasons as Richard Rich
2004 Pride as Harry (voice)
1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
1978 Midnight Express as Max
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army as Trevor Bruttenholm
2014 Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film as Self
2000 The Tigger Movie as Narrator (voice)
1990 Resident Alien as Actor
2009 Making History: Mel Brooks on Creating the World as Self (archive footage)
1987 Spaceballs as Kane
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Ollivander
2004 Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation as Self
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as Mr. Ollivander
2005 Manderlay as Narrator (voice)
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Ollivander
2008 New York, I Love You as Bellhop (segment "Shekhar Kapur")
1994 Thumbelina as Mr. Mole (voice)
2005 Once Upon a Halloween as The Horned King
1994 The World of Jim Henson as The Storyteller (archive footage)
2021 Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony as Self (archive footage)
2003 Dogville as Narrator (voice)
2012 Sightseers as Jerusalem Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1981 History of the World: Part I as Jesus - The Roman Empire
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot as The War Doctor (archive voice)
1985 Live Aid as Self
2009 Waking Sleeping Beauty as The Horned King (voice) (archive footage)

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