From the People Archive: John Hurt on His Amazing Career: ‘I’m Not Ordinary’

From the People Archive: John Hurt on His Amazing Career: ‘I’m Not Ordinary’
This story originally appeared in the Nov. 17, 1980 issue of People.

His Roles May Veer Far from the Straight and Narrow, but John Hurt Acts on a Fast Track

Only one part is now out of the question: Husband.

A depraved Roman emperor, a brilliantly outrageous homosexual, an eccentric junkie convict, a tortured student murderer, a pitiable sideshow freak, an astronaut who has his chest ripped open from the inside by an alien monster… Hardly everyday folk, but 40-year-old British actor John Hurt—who has portrayed them all—is no mundane talent. “I don’t believe there is any such thing as an ordinary person,
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John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77

John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77
John Hurt, the wiry English actor who played a drug addict in “Midnight Express,” Kane in “Alien,” the title character in “The Elephant Man,” and Winston Smith in “1984” has died. He was 77.

He died on Wednesday at home in Norfolk, his widow, Anwen, confirmed in a statement to Variety. Hurt had disclosed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Anwen wrote as a tribute, “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.”

Mel Brooks, executive producer of “The Elephant Man,” tweeted that he was a “truly magnificent talent.”

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017

No one could have
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Ten Things About... John Hurt

In one of Doctor Who's spectacular twists, it has been revealed that John Hurt will appear in the new series of the BBC hit drama.

Notorious for playing characters with positions of power, his deep edgy voice has helped him scoop several prestigious awards in his lifetime before landing him the new role.

Although we have to wait months to find out what's behind the Doctor, in the meantime, we've bunched up ten juicy facts about the star.

1. John Vincent Hurt was born on January 22, 1940 in Chesterfield. His father Arnould Herbert Hurt was a Vicar and mother Phyllis was an amateur actress and engineer. He is the youngest of three children. Hurt's older brother Br. Anselm (christened Michael) was a Roman Catholic convert who became a monk. His sister Monica was adopted by his parents and is now living in Australia.

2. The British actor has had a strict upbringing.
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'Batman' Actor Dies At Age 84

'Batman' Actor Dies At Age 84
Malachi Throne is dead. The character actor, most known for his memorable appearances on "Star Trek" and "Batman," died Wednesday, Mar. 13. after succumbing to cancer. He was 84.

Friend and "Justified" actor Jim Beaver appears to have been among the first to break the news to the public, via his Facebook page. "My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I've been fortunate enough to know," he wrote.

Throne's agent, Annette Robinson, confirmed the actor's passing to The Huffington Post, saying the actor had been battling cancer for some time and that he had died peacefully in his sleep.

Throne acted in more than 90 different television shows over a span of five decades; he first appeared on "The DuPont Show of the Month" in 1959. Fans will remember him as Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain on the series "It Takes a Thief" and as False Face on "Batman,
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