In 2015, John Hurt was knighted. He was portrayed as persuasive, incredible, and unique. Mia Farrow tweeted that he was one of the “finest performers of our time, and the loveliest individual.” His Oscar designations were for playing the tormented John Merrick in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” and the heroin junkie Max in “Midnight Express.” Beginning with bit parts in movies and TV, his breakout came in 1966 as Richard Rich in Fred Zinnemann’s “A Man for All Seasons,” trailed by his depiction of Caligula in the BBC miniseries “I, Claudius” in 1976. On Friday, Hurt kicked the bucket at 77 years old.
Hurt was unrecognizable in maybe his most paramount part as the lead in “The Elephant Man.” He persevered through eight hours in the cosmetics seat every day to change into John Merrick. The intricate veil denied him from resting, resting or notwithstanding eating while it was on. His would eat his last feast midmorning as the cover was being connected, generally crude eggs blended in squeezed orange and not again until after 12 pm.
In the 1975 TV film “The Naked Civil Servant,” Hurt conveyed affectability and clean to the part of Quentin Crisp, winning a BAFTA grant for best performing artist. He repeated the part for the 2009 film “An Englishman in New York” about Crisp’s later life in the U.S.
In the “Harry Potter” movies, Hurt played the wand-creator Mr. Ollivander. Destinations committed to the arrangement of books and movies admonished fans to “raise your wands,” and the writer of the books, JK Rowling, tweeted: “So exceptionally dismal to hear that the gigantically gifted and profoundly darling John Hurt has passed on.”
Hurt was conceived in Shirebrook, an English coal-mining town; his dad was a Church of England cleric and his mom was a specialist and previous on-screen character. A stretch at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art propelled the young fellow’s stage and screen profession.