Sir John Hurt, star of Alien and The Elephant Man, dies aged 77

MUCH-LOVED: Sir John Hurt

ACTOR Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has confirmed.

The two-time Oscar nominated, BAFTA-winning star was best known for his roles in Alien and the Elephant Man.

He more recently played Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter film series, and Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s widow.

The Oscar nominations were for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Elephant Man (1981), and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Midnight Express (1979).

Sir John was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015, but despite being given the all-clear, he last year pulled out of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s play The Entertainer due to ill health.

Tributes have poured in, with US director Mel Brooks describing The Elephant Man as “cinematic immortality.”

Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted: “So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Actor Elijah Wood wrote: “Very sad to hear of John Hurt’s passing. It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir.”

Stephen Fry described Sir John as “great on the stage, small screen and big.”


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