English Actor John Hurt Dies At Age 77

English Actor John Hurt Dies At Age 77

English actor John Hurt, who won Oscar nominations for roles in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, and appeared as Garrick Ollivander in the Harry Potter series of movies, has died at the age of 77.

“John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him,” his widow, Anwen, said.

Hurt had talked of death in a recent interview.

“I have died in so many spectacular ways,” Hurt said in an interview with New Zealand’s Stuff website last year, “and I remember shooting them all, too. I imagine all those deaths will flash in front of me when I’m on my death bed, faced with the real thing.”

Hurt will live on at the box office. His portrayal of former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain in Darkest Hour will be in theaters in November.

Hurt was remembered fondly by the entertainment industry Saturday after word of his death was announced.

Hurt’s career spanned more than 50 years of roles in front of the camera in movies and in TV shows including Alien, extensive experience on stage in shows such as Romeo and Juliet, as well as his performances as a narrator or voice-over in shows such as the BBC’s Merlin.

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Source: westernjournalism.com