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John Hurt

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 »
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 2016/III The Journey (post-production)
Harry Patterson
 2015 ChickLit (completed)
Francis Bonar
 2015 The Final Reel (post-production)
Narrator (voice)
 2015 The Last Panthers (TV Series)
Tom Kendle
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Tom Kendle
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Tom Kendle
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Tom Kendle
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Tom Kendle
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Tom Kendle
 2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure
Sailor John (UK & US) (voice)
 2015 A.K.A Nadia
 2015/II Break (Short)
 2015 The Alchemist's Letter (Short)
The Alchemist (voice)
 2014/I Hercules
Lord Cotys
 2013 King Lear: Scene 133 (Short)
King Lear
 2013 Look Again (Short)
 2013 Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict
narrator, also as Himself
 2013 Charlie Countryman
Narrator (voice)
 2012 Labyrinth (TV Mini-Series)
Audric Baillard
 2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Mini-Series)
The Chorus
- Henry V (2012) ... The Chorus
 2012 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
The Ministry
- The Snipist (2012) ... The Ministry (voice)
 2012 Sightseers
Narrator - Blake's "Jerusalem" (voice, uncredited)
 2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car
Kingsley Bedford
 2011 Sailcloth (Short)
 2011/III The Confession
 2011 The Gruffalo's Child (TV Short)
Owl (voice)
 2011 In Love with Alma Cogan
Master of Ceremonies
 2011 23 Degrees, 5 Minutes (Short)
Professor Orit
 2011 The Confession (TV Series)
- Chapter 10 (2011) ... Priest
- Chapter 9 (2011) ... Priest
- Chapter 8 (2011) ... Priest
- Chapter 7 (2011) ... Priest
- Chapter 6 (2011) ... Priest
 2010 Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie
Brother Carnak (voice)
 2010/I Love at First Sight (Short)
 2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
Grandpa Sammy (voice)
 2010 Lou
 2009 The Gruffalo (TV Short)
Owl (voice)
 2009 44 Inch Chest
Old Man Peanut
 2008 New York, I Love You
Bellhop (segment "Shekhar Kapur")
 2008 Recount (TV Movie)
Warren Christopher
 2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Mini-Series)
- The Discarded (2007) ... Samswope
 2007 Boxes
Le père de Fanny
 2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Hiroshima (TV Movie documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 2005 The Skeleton Key
Ben Devereaux
 2005 Manderlay
Narrator (voice)
 2005 Valiant
Felix (voice)
 2005 Short Order
 2004 Pride (TV Movie)
Harry (voice)
 2003 Dogville
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill (Short)
Man from Maybury Hill
 2002 Bait (TV Movie)
Jack Blake
 2002 Miranda
 2001 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Shaolin: Wheel of Life (2001) ... Narrator
 2001 Tabloid
 2000 Lost Souls
Father Lareaux
 2000 Krapp's Last Tape (TV Movie)
 2000 New Blood
Alan White
 2000 The Tigger Movie
Narrator (voice)
 1999 You're Dead...
 1999 A Monkey's Tale
Sebastian (English version, voice)
 1998 All the Little Animals
Mr. Summers
 1998/I Night Train
Michael Poole
 1998 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
March Hare
- Steve Buscemi/Third Eye Blind (1998) ... March Hare
 1998 The Commissioner
James Morton
 1998 Tender Loving Care (Video Game)
Dr. Turner (voice)
 1997 My Funny Valentine (Short)
Happy Prince (voice)
 1997 Tender Loving Care (Video)
Dr. Turner
 1997 Bandyta
 1997 The Climb
Chuck Langer
 1997 Love and Death on Long Island
Giles De'Ath
 1996 Privateer 2: The Darkening (Video Game)
Joe Kane
 1995 Two Nudes Bathing (Short)
Marquis de Prey
 1995 Saigon Baby
Jack Lee
 1995 Wild Bill
Charley Prince
 1995 Rob Roy
 1994 Picture Windows (TV Series)
Le Compte
- Two Nudes Bathing ... Le Compte
 1994 Second Best
Uncle Turpin
 1994 Great Moments in Aviation (TV Movie)
Rex Goodyear
 1994 Thumbelina
Mr. Mole (voice)
 1993 Monolith
 1993 Kölcsönkapott idö
 1992 Performance (TV Series)
The Father
- Six Characters in Search of an Author (1992) ... The Father
 1992 Dark at Noon
Anthony / Le Marquis
 1992 Lapse of Memory
Conrad Farmer
 1991 I Dreamt I Woke Up (Short)
Boorman's Alter Ego
 1991 Red Fox (TV Mini-Series)
Archie Carpenter
 1991 Screenplay (TV Series)
- Journey to Knock (1991) ... Alfred
 1990 The Field
Bird' O'Donnell
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
La Dame aux Chats / Mercutio (voice)
 1990 Who Bombed Birmingham? (TV Movie)
Chris Mullin
 1989 Windprints
Charles Rutherford
 1989 Little Sweetheart
Robert Burger
 1988 Deadline (TV Movie)
Granville Jones
 1988 The Bengali Night
Lucien Metz
 1988 A Dinner of Herbs (TV Movie)
Verse reader
 1988 David Macaulay: Pyramid (TV Movie)
Khufu / Second French Explorer (voice)
 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
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie)
The Fool
 1982 The Plague Dogs
Snitter (voice)
 1982 Paul McCartney: Take It Away (TV Movie)
 1982 Partners
 1982 Night Crossing
Peter Strelzyk
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Jesus - The Roman Empire
 1979 Crime and Punishment (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1979) ... Raskolnikov
- Part 2 (1979) ... Raskolnikov
- Part 1 (1979) ... Raskolnikov
 1979 Alien
 1978 Watership Down
Hazel (voice)
 1978 The Island (TV Movie)
Captain Simmons
 1978 East of Elephant Rock
 1977 Paperback
 1977 Three Dangerous Ladies
Lt. Simmonds (segment "The Island")
 1977 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
- Treats (1977) ... Dave
 1977 The Disappearance
 1977 Spectre (TV Movie)
Mitri Cyon
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series)
- Old King Log (1976) ... Caligula
- Hail Who? (1976) ... Caligula
- Zeus, by Jove! (1976) ... Caligula
- Reign of Terror (1976) ... Caligula
- Queen of Heaven (1976) ... Caligula
 1976 The Sweeney (TV Series)
Tony Grey
- Tomorrow Man (1976) ... Tony Grey
 1976 Stream Line
 1976 Play for Today (TV Series)
Alec Cassell
- The Peddler (1976) ... Alec Cassell
 1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- A Drive in the Country (1976) ... Fred
 1976 Shadows of Doubt (Short)
 1975 The Ghoul
Tom Rawlings
 1974 The Playboy of the Western World (TV Movie)
Christopher Mahon (Christy Mahon)
 1972 The Pied Piper
 1971 Cry of the Penguins
Richard Forbush
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Green Julia (1971) ... Bob
 1970 In Search of Gregory
 1969 Before Winter Comes
Lieutenant Pilkington
 1969 Sinful Davey
Davey Haggart
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Guy Beresford
- The Waste Spaces (1967) ... Guy Beresford
 1963-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dave / Terry / Simon Iorweth
- Finders Keepers (1965) ... Dave
- Acquit or Hang (1964)
- The Stone Dance (1963) ... Simon Iorweth
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
- Point of Departure (1964) ... Orpheus
 1964 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series)
Freddy Tisdale
- The Tin God (1964) ... Freddy Tisdale
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
Harry Eddows
- The Apprentices (1964) ... Harry Eddows
 1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- A Jug of Bread (1964) ... Joe
 1963-1964 First Night (TV Series)
Desmond / Garry
- All Things Bright and Beautiful (1964) ... Desmond
- Menace (1963) ... Garry
 1964 This Is My Street
 1963 The Contact
 1961-1963 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Tom / Private Briggs
- Drama '63: Somebody's Dying (1963) ... Tom
- Drama '61: Local Incident (1961) ... Private Briggs
 1963 Once Aboard the Lugger... (TV Series)
Jobey Todd
- The Girl Arrives (1963) ... Jobey Todd
 1962 Young and Willing
Phil Corbett
 1961-1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Johnny Seton / Norman Bailey
- Episode #4.13 (1962) ... Johnny Seton
- Episode #3.4 (1961) ... Norman Bailey
 1962 Z Cars (TV Series)
James Hogan
- Assault (1962) ... James Hogan
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He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Man and Superman," at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland with Peter O'Toole, Susannah York, Donal McCann, Nigel Stock, and Mary Wimbush in the cast. Nat Brenner was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

John Hurt CBE | Sir John Hurt


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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Personal Quote:

(2011, on Spaceballs) Mel [Brooks] called and said, "Look, John, I'm doing this little movie and there's a bit in there that has to do with Alien, so come on over." He made it sound like a bit of a picnic. He also did that to me on History Of The World: Part I. He always does that. "Come on, I'll give you a couple grand, we'll put you up in a nice hotel, you'll have a good time, and then you can ... See more »


The make-up he wore to play The Elephant Man (1980) also inspired the appearance of Gothmog in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). See more »


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