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Sir John Hurt dead: 'Elephant Man' and 'Harry Potter' actor dies aged 77

He previously suffered from pancreatic cancer but was given the all-clear in 2015

Tom Batchelor
Saturday 28 January 2017 02:16 GMT
Actor Sir John Hurt dies aged 77

The veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77. In a wide-ranging and diverse career, Sir John played roles in a number of acclaimed films, including Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter. In all he starred in more than 200 films and TV series during a career which spanned six decades.

He also appears in the film Jackie, a biopic about the widow of John F Kennedy, which is currently in cinemas.

The actor had a diverse and successful career (Getty)

He had previously suffered from pancreatic cancer but was given the all-clear in 2015.

The Chesterfield-born actor is survived by his wife Anwen Rees-Myers, to whom he was married for 12 years.

Sir John, who is known for his role as Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, and has also starred in Hellboy and Doctor Who. In one of his best-known scenes, filmed for the 1979 Ridley Scott horror Alien, Sir John died on-screen after an alien erupted from his chest. He was also lauded for his portrayal of Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant.

He first revealed his diagnosis in June 2015. In October of that year he revealed doctors had successfully treated the cancer, saying he was “thrilled” at his recovery.

He has previously said he was not concerned at the prospect of dying.

“I’m can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it,” he told Radio Times in August 2015.

“We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly. But my treatment is going terrifically well, so I’m optimistic.”

John Hurt in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who (BBC)

Sir John received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe and four Bafta awards, including in 2012 the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

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