The BBC reports:
Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said. The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy’s wife. US director Mel Brooks described Sir John as “cinematic immortality”, as tributes poured in for the star. He was given the all-clear in October 2015 but last year pulled out of play The Entertainer due to ill-health.
He was born on 22 January, 1940 in Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Over six decades, he appeared in more than 120 films as well as numerous stage and television roles. The death of his character in the film Alien has often been voted as one of cinema’s most memorable moments.