British veteran actor and cinematic legend, Sir John Hurt has died at the age of 77, his agent has confirmed.
British born stage and film actor John Hurt died today at the age of 77. Although we do not have details of his death, Hurt was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015. No details have been released so far, but we are deeply saddened by the passing of such a giant of cinema.
Hurt has been acting since since 1962 and was working til his very last breath, as he can currently be seen in Jackie alongside Natalie Portman and he was working on Darkest Hour alongside Gary Oldman.
Over his career Hurt has had 5 BAFTA nominations, including a win as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his in The Elephant Man in 1980. He's no stranger to Academy Awards either, with 2 nominations to his name. In 2013 at the British Academy of Film Awards, he was awarded with the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
Hurt is known for countless famous roles which are going to surely stand the test of time in cinema. In 1979 he gave cinema one of the most memorable death scenes ever film, when he lay on a table to have an alien burst out of his chest in Ridley Scott's Alien. A year later, he played the role of John Merrick (pictured left) in The Elephant Man which brought him multiple awards an nominations, with Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Academy Awards.
In more recent history, Hurt will be known to many younger audiences as Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series, playing the famous wizard wandmaker. He also starred in the highly acclaimed Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which he was highly commended for. As I mentioned before, he can currently be seen in Jackie alongside Natalie Portman and we are going to continue seeing Hurt on the silver screen as he plays Neville Chamberlain in Darkest Hour alongside Gary Oldman, a role in That Good Night alongside Charles Dance and finally the British sports drama film about the boxer Lenny McLean My Name is Lenny which will be his final performance on-screen, released later this year.
Hurt isn't just a movie star, however. His performances extend to the stage and the small screen of television. In TV he has starred in some truly classic TV such as The Sweeney, I, Claudius, Watership Down and, more recently, in Doctor Who as The War Doctor (pictured below).
There's no doubt that Sir John Hurt is a legend and giant of cinema and television who is going to be long remembered for his performances that will truly last through the ages as some of the greatest performances and as one of the most prolific and talented actors to contribute to film. He will be deeply missed by us all but he'll never be forgotten.
We here at Casual Critic extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Sir John Hurt.