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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Remembering Sir John Hurt 1940 - 2017

English actor John Hurt, who died Wednesday at age 77, received two Academy Award nominations for Midnight Express (1978) and The Elephant Man (1980). He also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Midnight Express. Other film credits include A Man for All Seasons (1966), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Alien (1979), Heaven's Gate (1980), History of the World, Part I (1981), Partners (1982), The Osterman Weekend (1983), 1984 (1984), White Mischief (1987), Spaceballs (1987), Scandal (1989), The Field (1990), Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Rob Roy (1995), Love and Death on Long Island (1997), Contact (1997), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), Hellboy (2004), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2 (2010-11), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Jackie (2016).

Hurt's television roles include writer Quentin Crisp in two films - The Naked Civil Servant (1975) and An Englishman in New York (2009), the Roman emperor Caligula in the 1976 BBC series, I, Claudius, and the War Doctor in three 2013 episodes of Doctor Who.

In 2004, Hurt was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and he was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Hurt's life and career.

He made his film debut in the 1962 British romantic drama, The Wild and the Willing, which also starred Ian McShane and Samantha Eggar.

He played Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant (1975) and An Englishman in New York (2009).

He played Emperor Caligula in I, Claudius (1976), which also starred Siân Phillips.

His character's chestburster scene in Alien (1979) is one of the most memorable in cinematic history.

He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance as a severely deformed man in The Elephant Man (1980).

He played Jesus Christ in Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I (1981).

He starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in the 1982 gay-themed buddy comedy, Partners.

He appeared in his friend Paul McCartney's 1982 music video for "Take It Away".

He made a cameo appearance as his Alien character in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (1987).

He starred in the 1989 British drama, Scandal, with Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda and Ian McKellen.

He starred opposite Jason Priestley in the 1997 film, Love and Death on Long Island.

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