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John Hurt (1940–2017)

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and mathematician. The youngest of three children, he ... See full bio »


(age 77) in Norfolk, England, UK

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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V for Vendetta
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Hellboy Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
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 2017 My Name Is Lenny (post-production)
Leslie Salmon
 2017 That Good Night (completed)
 2016/V Jackie
The Priest
 2016/III The Journey
Harry Patterson
 2016 ChickLit
Francis Bonar
 2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
Sailor John (UK & US) (voice)
 2015 A.K.A Nadia
 2014/I Hercules
Lord Cotys
 2013 Swan Lake 3D - Live from the Mariinsky Theatre
The Voice of the Winter Palace / Himself
 2013 Charlie Countryman
Narrator (voice)
 2012 Sightseers
Narrator - Blake's "Jerusalem" (voice, uncredited)
 2012 In Love with Alma Cogan
Master of Ceremonies
 2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car
Kingsley Bedford
 2011/III The Confession
 2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Brother Carnak (voice)
 2010 Sammy's avonturen: De geheime doorgang
Grandpa Sammy (voice)
 2010 Lou
 2009 44 Inch Chest
Old Man Peanut
 2008 New York, I Love You
Bellhop (segment "Shekhar Kapur")
 2007 Boxes
Le père de Fanny
 2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Narrator (voice)
 2005 The Skeleton Key
Ben Devereaux
 2005 Manderlay
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Valiant
Felix (voice)
 2005 Short Order
 2003 Dogville
Narrator (voice)
 2002 Miranda
 2001 Tabloid
 2000 Lost Souls
Father Lareaux
 2000 The Tigger Movie
Narrator (voice)
 1999 New Blood
Alan White
 1999 You're Dead...
 1999 Le château des singes
Sebastian (English version, voice)
 1998 All the Little Animals
Mr. Summers
 1998/I Night Train
Michael Poole
 1998 The Commissioner
James Morton
 1997 Bandyta
 1997 The Climb
Chuck Langer
 1997 Love and Death on Long Island
Giles De'Ath
 1995 Wild Bill
Charley Prince
 1995 Rob Roy
 1994 Felidae
Pascal / Claudandus (english version)
 1994 Second Best
Uncle Turpin
 1994 Great Moments in Aviation
Rex Goodyear
 1994 Thumbelina
Mr. Mole (voice)
 1993 Monolith
 1993 Kölcsönkapott idö
 1992 L'oeil qui ment
Anthony / Le Marquis
 1991 Lapse of Memory
Conrad Farmer
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
La Dame aux Chats / Mercutio (voice)
 1989 Windprints
Charles Rutherford
 1989 Little Sweetheart
Robert Burger
 1988 La nuit Bengali
Lucien Metz
 1987 The Hunting of the Snark
The Narrator
 1987 Vincent (voice)
 1987 Spaceballs
John Hurt
 1987 Aria
The Actor (segment "I pagliacci")
 1987 From the Hip
Douglas Benoit
 1987 White Mischief
Gilbert Colvile
 1986 Rocinante
 1986 Jake Speed
 1985 After Darkness
 1984 The Hit
 1984 Success Is the Best Revenge
Dino Montecurva
 1984 Champions
Bob Champion
 1982 The Plague Dogs
Snitter (voice)
 1982 Partners
 1982 Night Crossing
Peter Strelzyk
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Jesus - The Roman Empire
 1979 Alien
 1978 Watership Down
Hazel (voice)
 1978 East of Elephant Rock
 1977 Paperback
 1977 Three Dangerous Ladies
Lt. Simmonds (segment "The Island")
 1977 The Disappearance
 1976 La linea del fiume
 1975 The Ghoul
Tom Rawlings
 1972 The Pied Piper
 1971 Cry of the Penguins
 1969 In Search of Gregory
 1969 Before Winter Comes
Lt. Pilkington
 1969 Sinful Davey
Davey Haggart
 1964 This Is My Street
 1963 The Contact
 1962 Young and Willing
Phil Corbett
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Jones") in "Inadmissible Evidence", Wyndham's Theatre, London, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

John Hurt CBE | Sir John Hurt CBE | Sir John Hurt


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I remember talking to Olivier when we were doing Lear. He said: 'When it comes to your obituary they will only mention two or three performances, and they will be the ones that defined you early on.' I said: 'What will they write about you?' 'Richard III (1955) and Wuthering Heights (1939)', he replied. And he was right. See more »


Trained to become a painter at Grimsby Art School. See more »


Frequently plays characters who suffer physical torment See more »

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