Actor John Hurt Dies At Age 77 [VIDEO]

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.

  • Kelly Lape

    I hate it when you post late at night Joe. It’s never good news

    • saucetin

      [sad]

  • ErikDC

    Jackie was a very moving film and Hurt played a pivotal role in some of the film’s most salient scenes.

  • Palmer

    His performance in “I, Claudius” was mesmerizing!

    It was a surprise when I read he was married to a woman and had children. So many wonderful roles.

    • e jerry powell

      Four women.

  • ByronK

    A brilliant performer and he leaves behind such a rich legacy of remarkable work. R.I.P.

  • Todd20036

    Hurt is dead, and Trump/Pence is not.

    Gee, thanks God.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    John Hurt was Winston Smith in the movie version of 1984.

    Also the IMDB shows a huge leap of interest in this film. No doubt connected to current events. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/

    • ByronK

      Although it was ditched, I love the Eurythmics soundtrack for the film.

      • e jerry powell

        The whole situation with the soundtrack was totally shady, but that wasn’t Eurythmics fault.

      • whoever dissed it is a person with unsophisticated and indelicate tastes.

        • e jerry powell

          The problem with it was that the director had already commissioned a score from another composer. The Eurythmics were brought in by the studio and the director didn’t want them. Dave and Annie have gone on record saying that they wouldn’t have done it had they been told that the director already had someone else in mind.

          • when they are talking about their craft, it becomes clear how often artists are treated as unthinking tools, to be used in certain ways but not given context or understanding of the real aims.

            anyway, the saying goes “work is… work.” in actor/music/entertainer land, a job is a job is a job. don’t get too snotty and proud of where you are today, b/c someday, someone will be making that same joke about ‘people shouldn’t work past their prime.’about you.

          • Gil

            Dominic Muldowney is the name of the composer.

          • e jerry powell

            Thanks. It escaped me in the moment.

          • William

            1984 was originally released with the Eurythmics soundtrack and used a desaturated video process to bleed out most color from the film. It was later rereleased in full color with the Muldowney soundtrack. I had the original release on VHS, that tape went away years ago.

          • e jerry powell

            I seem to remember reading that somewhere.

          • William

            I like both versions, but the desaturated really adds a bleak feeling to the movie and is much more in keeping with the book.

            Oceania, Tis For Thee (closing credits)
            https://youtu.be/S6psBoDDJUo

          • lymis

            “1984 was originally released with the Eurythmics soundtrack and …”

            Apparently, it’s even more convoluted than that, according to Wikipedia, because it was originally released in different areas with different soundtracks or combinations of the soundtracks, so it looks like depending on where you were, you got a different theatrical release.

          • William

            There are some newer DVD and Blu-ray releases with the Eurythmics soundtrack or a choice of either.

            In 2013 the film was re-released on DVD in North America by TGG Direct on a double feature with Megaville.
            This DVD release also features the original mix of Eurythmics/Muldowney
            soundtracks, as well as the theatrical desaturated color palette. In
            2015 the film was released on Blu-ray in North America by Twilight Time
            in a limited 3,000 copy run. This release features the
            Eurythmics/Muldowney soundtrack on one audio channel and Muldowney’s
            orchestral score on another, as well as keeping true to the original
            color scheme.

        • ByronK

          It was a time of more delicate sensitivities I guess. Sex Crimes! OMG. When I was in theatre school we had a group of us that we called the Ethel Merman Fan Club. We’d sing any song but in the style of Merman (usually after hours at the pub) and Sex Crimes was one of our favourites. You can imaging, I’m sure.

      • Lazycrockett

        I have been going thru the Eurythmics stuff lately and man they truly are an amazing group.

        • ByronK

          Do you have their first album, In the Garden?

          • Lazycrockett

            yep. Even we 2 are 1 is a damn fine album.

          • ByronK

            πŸ™‚ Saw them in concert three times. The first was at Massey Hall, the best concert hall in Toronto but not huge. Right after Touch was released.

          • Lazycrockett

            DAMN.

          • ByronK

            Whoops, four times actually.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Sex Crimes– grossly underrated subtext on that one.

    • DaddyRay

      Waiting on the new reality show

      Real Housewives of 1984

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        With the way things are going, they’ll probably be androids.

        • Gil

          Or 12 year old girls.

        • coram nobis

          In this administration, it’s going to be “Gold Diggers of 1984”.

          Tune in for the big number “Remember My Enhanced Man”.

    • grada3784

      The remake of 1984.

      Edmund O’Brien was Winston in the original.

      • coram nobis

        Seen both. Hurt was better.

  • he was in ‘1984,’ after all. maybe he knew there’s always a great way to make going out relevant, and here he is.

    i hope a lot of formerly unaware people discover the story via his movie version. too many people don’t read, even something as short and simple as that book. but the movie is mesmerizing. i hear the term is big on the search engines this month. let that be part of his legacy. RiP Mr. Hurt.

    • coram nobis

      He was also the dictator in “V for Vendetta,” so he was continuously relevant.

      • TimCA

        O/T: Speaking of V for Vendetta…..

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAjTcax9Oeg

      • David Walker

        Don’t count out his Caligula in “I, Claudius.”

        • coram nobis

          A delusional, impulsive dictator with bad hair? Who could imagine such a person? John Hurt carried off that role with panache.

    • safari

      Amazon lists 1984 as the top selling book at the moment.

      • Nowhereman

        I’ve been hearing that and I am really glad. It is the closest thing I can think of to what is happening to our nation right now. If folks don’t have the time to read, there is an excellent movie version of it starring Richard Burton. Oldie but a goodie–true to the book and chilling as all get out.

        • safari

          I’m aiming toward the movie Brazil as our fate.

        • grada3784

          I was watching Things to Come this morning. Had to turn it off at the Wandering Sickness.

        • DonnaLee

          Actually Animal Farm would work pretty well as well, for telling what will come.

  • fuzzybits

    The cat scene in Midnight Express still gets to me. RIP Mr. Hurt.

  • Kelly Lape

    He was a great Doctor too.

    • Kelly Lape

      I mis-spelled who

    • Treant

      Mr. Ollivander and the War Doctor were the first two things I thought of.

      I love fantasy and science fiction.

    • coram nobis

      And a definitive Winston Smith. His Adam Sutler made a good bookend to that.

  • Slippy_World
    • worstcultever

      The first thing I ever saw him in – totally knocked me out.

    • DaddyRay

      Incredible

    • ByronK

      OMG, I forgot about him in this! Watched a few of the Hollywood tributes and it makes me somewhat sad that people with such brilliant careers are remembered for Hollywood roles. Such as Ian McKellen reached fame as Gandalf and yet in Britain he has such an amazing legacy. Patrick Stewart. Judy Dench. I saw her play Gertrude in Hamlet at the National Theatre with Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role, right before he had a nervous breakdown. I’d never seen Hamlet played as insane, as in banging the floor with his head. His understudy took over and a few weeks later, had a breakdown. Sorry, rambling… but he was a giant to my generation.

      • coram nobis

        That’s the trouble with Hollywood roles. John Hurt will be remembered for Alien, not his work in “I, Claudius” or on stage, just as Patrick Stewart will be remembered for Star Trek and not his serious roles. Pity. At least we can pull down video or DVD and have their better angels still with us.

  • RobynWatts

    R.I.P. Sir. John Hurt. Very much enjoyed your body of work. 😞

  • Treant

    Crap. At least, in this case, it wasn’t totally unexpected (or unkind; pancreatic cancer is a bitch) and he leaves us with a fantastic body of work to enjoy for the ages.

  • SunsetGay

    Look at the bright side. At least he does not have to suffer through the four years of Rump/Penis. I hope his final days were peaceful and filled with the support of his loved ones. Bless him for all the wonderful contributions he made to the silver screen.

    • Couldn’t you choose a different epithet? So many of us here are quite fond of both rump and penis…

  • HZ81

    Absolutely adored this man. What’s not to love? I am breaking out my Eurythmics 1984 soundtrack tonight in his honorβ€”which is an underrated movie he is brilliant in.

    • William

      It is nearly impossible to find the original form of the movie on DVD. Due to ‘reasons’, it was re-edied, into a color film with the soundtrack almost exclusively by Dominic Muldowney. It was originally released with a desaturated video process, giving the film a dreary look to match the story. The soundtrack was mostly the Eurythmics. The first DVD release in the UK was this original format. Subsequent DVD releases in the UK and US have been in the color Muldowney version.

      • Nowhereman

        I can’t imagine it in color. That’s too bad.

  • coram nobis

    And a 1984 sidebar: more voices are picking up on “Politics and the English Language.” Apropos.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/politics-and-the-english-language-trump_us_5888da31e4b061cf898c18b3

  • TimCA

    O/T: Barbara Hale passed away as well today. Hale played the character of Della Street on Perry Mason.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8888eba745d11b0043cfc5fb8e8c57c6a63963e102e21e075782dbb75fbe1bb9.jpg

    • Treant

      I loved her. I also loved how Perry and Paul would often take her out to dinner because they worked horrendous hours–a sharp contrast to today when your boss wants to know why you’re daring to leave at 7 PM and not at work.

    • IamM

      Mike Connors of ‘Mannix’ too. Age 91.

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      • gothambear

        we used to watch Mannix religiously – he was kind of sexy and i loved his African American secretary. Radical for the time.

    • David Walker

      When I was at our LGBT Center, several of us Ls and Gs of a certain age were sitting around talking about TV actors and who made our hearts go pitta-pat. One of the Ls mentioned Barbara Hale/Della Street and all the others went into a litany of OMGs that shouldn’t have surprised me, but I simply hadn’t thought of that.

      • TimCA

        I only knew the series after production had ended and it was in syndication in the late 60’s/early 70’s. My mother was a big Perry Mason fan and I have fond memories watching the program in her company as a child. I can honestly say that Hale made my heart go pitty pater but strictly in the gay boy-diva worship sort of way. My interest in the actress and the character she played was based on the uncommon depiction of a strong, competent, self assured and decidedly single Della Street. It was so unusual to see women shown that way on TV at the time. It was Della Street and Victoria Barcley (Barbara Stanwyck on the Big Valley) characters that stood out as the more noteworthy and interesting TV representations of women when I was young.

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    • grada3784

      Time for me to watch Jolson Sings again. Again.

  • coram nobis

    John Hurt in acting context. Notice at 3:10 or so when he realizes he should not be seen as lacking.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KeX5OZr0A4

  • Lazycrockett

    Ugh that slime Grover Norquist is on real time.

    • M Jackson

      Bill Mather too.

    • RobynWatts

      Unless he’s being drowned in a bathtub, I have no interest.

    • Gustav2

      Don’t they all sound like mini-Kellyannes now?

  • M Jackson

    Please remember his brave performance in 1975 as gay icon Quentin Crisp in “The Naked Civil Servant”. On television!
    I would have been about 15 when I saw it, he was the biggest swish I’d ever seen which I recognized as Acting, but he also got beaten up badly in the film, it was powerfully ugly to me and I know I had never seen that, at that point.
    It wasn’t until years later that I learned he wasn’t gay, just an amazing actor. So I knew of him long before that lizard flew out of him.

    http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/galleries/x701/71517.jpg

    • Dazzer

      “I am untouchable. I am one of the great stately homos of England.”

    • another_steve

      Thanks for remembering that fabulous performance of Hurt’s.

      The real Quentin Crisp was quite the character. By no means was he a “gay activist.” In addition to being on record against “gay pride” and the like, he said some very unpleasant things about HIV/AIDS and its impact on the community. Peter Tatchell also alleges that Crisp was a misogynist.

      All that aside, Crisp rode in the lead car of 1982’s NYC Gay Pride Day March and welcomed the adoration of the assembled crowds.

      Life is strange.

      • M Jackson

        I actually knew Mr. Crisp briefly. I performed on a gay cruise where he was onboard lecturing and we shared a round table of 10 in the dining room for a week. He was all stories, long droll and ve-dy british. I remember a long tale about “Mr. and Mrs. Burton. When Mrs. Burton said such-and-such” It took a minute to realize he was talking about Liz Taylor. Likewise when he talked about Mr. Sting and the frankenstein movie they did together.
        As for his politics, I would never have presumed to know. It was like spending time with Oscar Wilde, he was from a different era.
        But he was a sweet dear man in my memory.
        Thanks.

  • DN

    Literally my favorite actor πŸ™

  • AtticusP

    Keep it up, 2017, and you’ll end up being loathed just as much your big brother 2016.

    • Treant

      Too late. It gave us Trump.

      Now should 2017 also see fit to usher Trump out in some non-fatal manner, it might redeem itself a bit. If it involves hookers, blow, impotence, spanking, and the entire nation laughing at him, I’ll call 2017 a win.

      • coram nobis

        Wasn’t that the function of Mistress Theresa?

        • Treant

          Brain bleach! STAT!

          • coram nobis

            I would give a Medal of Freedom to Donald’s “headmistress.” He obviously needs more educating.

          • Treant

            OK, screw the brain bleach, mine now needs to be taken out and burned. It’s ruined for any decent purpose.

      • William

        Whatever happens, it must end up with him in a SuperMax federal prison. Dead, he will be a martyr. Ruined by scandal, there will always be a group of loyal followers. In SuperMax, he will have no communication with the outside world.

        • Treant

          Personally, I’d settle for ruined by scandal. As long as it’s really juicy and the scandal is lurid and embarrassingly sexual in nature.

          That tends to limit the size of the loyal follower group, and they can be safely laughed at.

          • William

            Just so long as we never have to hear from him, ever again.

          • Treant

            AGREED!

      • Robincho

        1. Ridicule
        2. Resist
        3. Repeat…

    • safari

      2017 will end with a double flash. Unless a meteor hits, I suspect that is its fate.

  • e jerry powell

    I remember seeing Hurt play gay in Partners with Ryan O’Neal before I’d ever been exposed to Naked Civil Servant. Different.

    • M Jackson

      Ugh. Very different. A skid mark in the history of gays in movies.
      Ryan did wear tight shorts and little crop-tops though, so there was that .

      • e jerry powell

        I didn’t say it was great, but Ryan made for nice eye candy.

        • coram nobis

          Ryan O’Neil was better in Barry Lyndon and Paper Moon.

          • e jerry powell

            Barry Lyndon was nice. I rewatched it on TCM Stanley Kubrick night.

          • coram nobis

            The battle never mentioned in any history books, in which Ryan kisses his captain goodbye.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBFpw-459VU

          • e jerry powell

            Between this and all the Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange it was the Kubrick Homoerotica overload. πŸ™‚

          • coram nobis

            Plenty of it in various forms in Barry Lyndon, oh my.

          • M Jackson

            Paper Moon, one of my 5 favorite movies.

      • Treant

        It coulda been worse, he could have starred in Making Love.

        Well, at least we got to gaze at Harry Hamlin. He’s always made me thicker in the knickers.

        • e jerry powell

          Michael Ontkean never did recover from that, did he?

          • Treant

            Nope. Really, it wasn’t a bad performance…it just wasn’t a good movie.

          • bill weber

            He starred in Twin Peaks 8 years later, which will lead his obituary…

          • e jerry powell

            And which will still somehow manage to mention Kyle McLachlan.

          • MattPS

            Neither did Harry Hamlin! He was poised for MAJOR stardom at the time, and because of that film it all fizzled out and he was reduced to bargain-basement TV fare.

          • joeyj1220

            Not true. Harry went on to star in one of the most successful TV shows in the 80’s “LA Law” (won 15 Emmy awards)

        • Robincho

          But she crazy, hon, she cuh-ray-zee…

        • M Jackson

          Michael Ontkean was the alluring one for me. It was in “Slap Shot” that we got to see him in his jockstrap.
          But yes “Making Love” was a depressing and frustrating movie. It certainly did not make a gay friend out of Kate Jackson.

    • safari

      Should have read further down. I found the movie comforting in the early 90s after watching it on cable as a teen. It can be criticized greatly, but at the time it was the only thing I saw that showed someone “bro-mancing” (in modern language) with a gay man.

      • e jerry powell

        Now I feel old. I saw it on cable back in the early eighties.

        • safari

          Don’t. Age affects many things, looks evidently. However, I’ve seen mid-80s folk do things that those in their 20s wouldn’t attempt. Beautiful, really.

    • lymis

      That’s one of those movies that could so easily have been better. Even the fundamental idea – terminally straight cop goes undercover with the help of the flamingly gay office-bound cop to solve crimes in the gay community – could have been a charming comedy without sounding so many sour notes. And it could be retooled into a pretty impressive drama as well.

      I remember at the time feeling that it was one of the few positive portrayals of gay men I’d ever seen on film. I know it would be beyond cringe-worthy today, but one thing I remember is that the cops completely discounted the Hurt character, who stepped up to save the O’Neal character.

  • coram nobis

    Your dystopian reading list once you finish “1984”. Extra points for “The Iron Heel” being on the list.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/27/v-for-vendetta-fahrenheit-451-trumps-america

  • David Walker

    It’s worth noting, I think, that Hurt was one of the few actors to play the same real-life character in different films and in different times in the person’s life. Everyone seems to know about “The Naked Civil Servant,” and rightly so, but he also played Quentin in “An Englishman in New York” in 2009, which was probably given little attention because by then Quentin had fallen out of favor.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      I saw both. John Hurt was magnificent in both eras of Quentin.

  • it’s a hard list from which to choose, but i’m with Hazel, in ‘watership down.’ that’s my favorite memory of this man. RIP, Sir John.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      let’s hope they meet up – paradise is stroking a bunny, a glass of fizz, and beautiful music

  • Elliott

    I met him once at a lunch. I was so struck I couldn’t even be coherent–I just babbled about how he wasn’t in just my favorite movies but in EVERY movie. I stammered “you don’t know how much I love you, do you? — I know, total dork I was. He was so placidly kind. He just said, “well, that’s what this whole thing is about, isn’t it?” God, the eloquence in the face of fumble!

    • houstonray

      What a great memory for you and how great for you to share with us. Thanks!

      RIP John…

  • safari

    I remember him in a terrible film called Partners (1982) when I was a young lad that was shown on Comedy Central when it first spun up. It wasn’t a good movie, but I liked the visibility of John Hurt’s over-stereotyped character in a buddy-film so popular from the era.

  • Lazycrockett
    • William

      Once they are murdered by hit squads, there will be no longer be a reason for them to come to the US.

    • Ernest Endevor

      This is a national disgrace, as was the initial invasion. Why would any foreign national ever, ever risk his or her life to help the US ever again? We abandoned out Iraqi allies twice, for fuck’s sake. And the visas for the thousands trapped there trying to get out have till now been blocked by the Republicans. Now Trump signs the death warrant for many.

      • BobSF_94117

        And why would any people rise up against a dictator after watching us ban Syrian refugees? We help them get into a fight with Russia, then we turn our backs.

        On the bright side, we’ll go down in history as the Great Cleanser of Christianity from the Middle East…

        • Ernest Endevor

          Exactly. That’s what happened with the so-called Marsh Arabs of souther Iraq who rose up to help the American forces in the 1st Gulf War. We retreated and left them to the vengeance of Hussein who had the marshes drained, gassed them, and left the rest to die.

  • Lazycrockett
    • coram nobis

      Meanwhile, ICE raids a preschool in SF. Is this a great country? Or what.

      http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/ICE-agents-mistakenly-show-up-at-preschool-in-10887708.php

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        The Democrats had better do something, or else they’re collaborators.

    • safari

      I’ve worked with Iranian scholars. Seriously?

      • safari

        One thing I remember is their complaints that rural-bumpkins keep the religious majority in charge. I found it familiar during the Bush-era.

    • safari

      The visa ban extends for 90 days, unlike what a troll said on here earlier claiming immigration only. This is really fucked up.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/world/middleeast/trump-visa-muslim-ban.html

      (Edit: NYT link change; I don’t trust BI)

    • MΞ©ebym
    • ChrisMorley

      Institutionally Islamophobic, by order of tRump.

    • Nychta

      From the article. The data/news blackout is underway:

      Customs officials said the number of people who arrived here and were turned back was not immediately available Friday night.

      β€œIt takes time to collect all the numbers,” a spokesman said. β€œIt will be a decision from the highest levels of The Department of Homeland Security to decide if and when the data may be available.”

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      The EPA grant freeze also suspends the measly $15M grant to begin the cleanup of a superfund site in Michigan whose soil in small doses cause male sterility and sometimes causes birds to drop from the sky. (I also learned that the Newt-era transferred the tax burden of superfund cleanup from companies that cause it to the regular taxpayer. How nice.)
      http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-fate-one-largest-pollution-cleanup-projects-michigan

    • Lazycrockett

      Heads hellup for the nazi, kkk and the rest of fascist america.

    • coram nobis

      Well, yes. Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration day, was also the 75th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference. It’s a conjunction so complete it’s like a total eclipse of the sun. Which it is.

      • safari
        • Treant

          Trumpanzees will throw rocks into the sky to frighten off the dragon that’s eating the Sun.

          Mind your head.

          • Lazycrockett

            hopefully they will fall back on their heads.

          • safari

            I’d settle for blinding.

          • William

            Then we have traffic hazards.

          • safari

            We’ve reduced the to the same level as gun violence, so why not?

          • coram nobis

            Love triumphant even with an eclipse.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo

          • safari

            As stated, dear sir.

          • safari

            Well, the ending makes me feel dirty working where I do, with u-grads. Or grads. I call them children accidentally.

          • safari

            All that is old is new again.

          • coram nobis

            A rock festival! How ’60s.

          • david fairfield

            I think you mean empty beer bottles.

          • Treant

            You say beer bottles, I say meth vials. Let’s call the whole thing off…

          • Nychta

            They all have guns now. And here in AZ our courageous legislators are working to make it more difficult to prosecute people who fire guns into the air.
            http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2017/01/26/gun-bill-would-make-shannons-law-tougher-to-prosecute/

        • Acronym Jim

          Portland, Oregon in AUGUST. Maybe we will have clear skies for once.

        • Brian in Valdosta

          I lived in North Dakota as a kid (age 9 -14), and I remember there being a total solar eclipse. Lots of hubbub about not looking directly into the phenomenon as it can cause temporary and even permanent blindness.

          And according to this map looks like ND is going to be a good vantage point from which to view it this time, too. Interesting.

      • William
  • BigBird

    He starred in Love and Death on Long Island. Great movie

    • Pluto Animus

      Every JMG fan should watch Love and Death on Long Island.

      I’d say it’s Hurt’s best role.

      • Smartypants

        Hurt said Love and Death on Long Island was one of his favorite roles.

  • david fairfield

    Overlooked Disney film Night Crossing offers Hurt and Jane Alexander, both amazing. Sad. RIP, xo

  • JCF

    FUCK YOU 2017!

    RIP, Sir John. Truly, you were one of the greats [Not long ago, I posted that scene of him playing Caligula in “I, Claudius”, where he tells a sycophant who had made it publicly known that he had prayed for Claudius, offering his life to the gods in exchange, while Claudius was ill. Claudius “Well here I am, and so are you. I would think we oughtn’t BOTH be alive.” Yikes!]

    Was Sir John not Family? He was very convincing in (IIRC) “Scandal” (the movie re Profumo, not the Shondaland show!)

    OK, somebody (gifted in video editing) do it: DRUMPF popping out of Hurt’s chest! I swear, that’s all of us now…

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  • Jeffg166

    Naked Civil Servant is still one of my favorite roles he did. There are so many he did so well. He became the person he played.

  • safari

    Google recalls some employees to the US because of Trump visa restrictions:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-28/google-recalls-some-staff-to-u-s-after-trump-immigration-order

    • houstonray

      Sad irony that the Google and Facebook CEO’s are freaking out about it today, yet were sucking up to trump just a few weeks back at his “tech summit” where they sent their reps to meet with him.

      So scary that we are living in a world where this is happening.

  • RGG
  • ceeenbee

    Thanks Obama.

  • Mow

    I can’t think of this kind gentleman without thinking of his breathtaking turn as Quentin Crisp in THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT. Thank you, sir. The two times I’ve met you you were a true gentleman, and I was blown away you remembered who I was the second time around.

  • MaryJOGrady

    I have just been listening to him narrating *Madame Bovary* on BBC Radio4ex.
    What a great actor. May he rest in peace.

  • JT
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Barbara Hale is dead at 95. Della Street was a role model to many legal secretaries. RIP

  • Dan
  • Blackfork

    I loved this man. He always delivered and was always the brightest talent on the screen. Another interesting role of his was in “Only Lovers Left Alive”, in which his character, Christopher Marlowe, an ancient vampire, wrote all of Shakespeare’s works, not Shakespeare himself. Cool movie with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.

  • KP

    I haven’t seen any mention of the Hurt’s brilliant portrayal of Quentin Crisp in the Naked Civil Servant. He did it in 2 different movies.

  • Marti386

    Being an animation buff, I’ll always remember him as Aragorn and Hazel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orLz433Cf-g

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hF_ncJFOa0

    May Frith watch over you, John.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      Fantastic, thanks!

  • Mihangel apYrs

    I first saw him in “I Claudius”. It was a marvelous performance (among a wonderful cast). In addition he was attractive.

    Good in Quentin Crisp, though the story didn’t really take me. And for the rest, he kept his standard up.

    77yo is a decent age, though always too young.

    Pace sir John

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    As John Hurt’s Caligula said: “Typical!”

    RIP, wonderful actor.

  • Dean

    Father McSorley put nis hand on my thigh in the sauna at Georgetown. He was the model for the priest in “The Excorcist.”