Friday, January 27, 2017

John Hurt, R. I. P.

Hollywood Reporter: John Hurt, the esteemed British actor known for his burry voice and weathered visage — one that was kept hidden for his most acclaimed role, that of the deformed John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man — has died, according to reports from several British newspapers. He was 77.

9 comments:

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Lot of actors dying off lately. Loved John Hurt-The Shout, Alien, Elephant Man.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Can't believe they didn't mention what to me was his first role that made a big impression here, Quentin Crisp in THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT. And his Caligula in I, CLAUDIUS was scary.

Deb said...

Jeff beat me to the Quintin Crisp reference. That's the first time I remember seeing him.

Rick said...

He first impressed me as the perjurer who sealed Sir Thomas More's fate in the brilliant but now nearly forgotten "A Man For All Seasons".

Fred Blosser said...

I remember the young Hurt in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS and SINFUL DAVY. Do I feel old.

Rick said...

I almost mentioned John Huston's "Sinful Davy myself, Fred. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. It's minor Huston but Hurt is charming in it.
(Rick Libott)

Don Coffin said...

And Barbara Hale (a/k/a Della Street).

Jerry House said...

The geek in me mourns the War Doctor.

Anders E said...

He freaked me out as Caligula in I, CLAUDIUS. I was 13 at the time.
A lost gem of his is THE HIT from 1984.