22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017 (age 77)
Cause of Death: Pancreatic Cancer

Believe it or not, John Hurt didn’t die back in 1979 when an alien burst out of his chest on the Nostromo. Instead, he lived until the ripe age of 77, having starred in over 129 films over the span of six decades. He would go on to play the wand maker, Garrick Ollivander, in the Harry Potter films, Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm in the Hellboy films, and almost won an Academy Award in 1979 for his supporting role in Midnight Express and 1981 for his leading role in The Elephant Man. This last year, during the Oscar Challenge, he could be seen alongside Natalie Portman in Jackie and some of his most recent successes, in my personal opinion, were his turns in Snowpiercer and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Ultimately, his most high profile role would be in Ridley Scott’s original Alien film, as he is attacked by the “Face Hugger” and is the first to die, in one of the most iconic science fiction death scenes of all time, which was actually filmed as a surprise to the cast, as they were not aware that the alien would be bursting from his chest, in order to get an authentic reaction. He would eventually reprise the role as a cameo in the spoof, Spaceballs.


1962 The Wild and the Willing Phil Corbett
1963 The Contact Max
1964 This Is My Street Charlie
1966 A Man for All Seasons Richard Rich
1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar John
1969 Sinful Davey Davey Haggart
1969 Before Winter Comes Lieutenant Pilkington
1969 In Search Of Gregory Daniel
1971 10 Rillington Place Timothy John Evans
1971 Mr. Forbush and the Penguins Richard Forbush
1972 The Pied Piper Franz
1974 Little Malcolm Malcolm Scrawdyke
1975 The Ghoul Tom Rawlings
1975 La Linea del fiume Chandler
1977 The Disappearance Atkinson
1977 Three Dangerous Ladies Lt. Simmonds
1977 Paperback (Segment: “The Island”) N/A
1977 East of Elephant Rock Nash
1978 Midnight Express Max
1978 The Shout Anthony Fielding
1978 Watership Down Hazel (Voice)
1978 The Lord Of The Rings Aragorn (Voice)
1979 Alien Kane
1980 The Elephant Man John Merrick
1980 Heaven’s Gate William C. Irvine
1981 History of the World, Part I Jesus Christ
1981 Night Crossing Peter Strelzyk
1982 Partners Kerwin
1982 The Plague Dogs Snitter (Voice)
1983 The Osterman Weekend Lawrence Fasset
1984 Champions Bob Champion
1984 Success Is the Best Revenge Dino Montecurva
1984 The Hit Mitchell Braddock
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Winston Smith
1985 After Darkness Peter Hunningford
1985 The Black Cauldron The Horned King (Voice)
1986 Jake Speed Sid
1987 The Hunting of the Snark Narrator (Voice)
1987 Rocinante Bill
1987 White Mischief Gilbert Colvile
1987 From The Hip Douglas Benoit
1987 Aria (Segment: “Pagliacci”) The Actor
1987 Spaceballs Kane (Cameo)
1987 Vincent Narrator (Voice)
1988 The Bengali Night Lucian Metz
1989 Scandal Stephen Ward
1989 Little Sweetheart Robert Burger
1990 Windprints Charles Rutherford
1990 Romeo-Juliet La Dame aux Chats
1990 The Field Bird O’Donnell
1990 Frankenstein Unbound Dr. Joe Buchanan
1991 King Ralph Lord Percival Graves
1991 Lapse of Memory Conrad Farmer
1992 I Dreamt I Woke Up John Boorman’s Alter Ego
1993 L’Oeil qui ment Anthony / Le Marquis
1993 Kölcsönkapott idő Sean
1993 Monolith Villano
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues The Countess
1994 Rabbit Ears: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp Storyteller
1994 Thumbelina Mr. Mole (Voice)
1994 Second Best Uncle Turpin
1995 Rob Roy John Graham, Marquis of Montrose
1995 Dead Man John Scholfield
1995 Wild Bill Charley Prince
1995 Saigon Baby Jack Lee
1995 Two Nudes Bathing Marquis de Prey
1997 Love and Death on Long Island Giles De’Ath
1997 Contact S.R. Hadden
1997 The Climb Chuck Langer
1997 Bandyta Babits
1997 Tender Loving Care (CD-Rom) Dr. Turner
1998 The Commissioner James Morton
1998 Night Train Michael Poole
1998 All the Little Animals Mr. Summers
1999 A Monkey’s Tale (Dub) Sebastian
1999 If… Dog… Rabbit… Sean Cooper
1999 You’re Dead… Maitland
2000 The Tigger Movie Narrator (Voice)
2000 New Blood Alan White
2000 Lost Soulds Father Lareaux
2001 Tabloid Vince
2001 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Dr. Iannis
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Garrick Ollivander
2002 Miranda Christian
2002 Crime and Punishment Porfiry
2003 Owning Mahowny Victor Foss
2003 Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill Man from Maybury Hill
2003 Dogville Narrator (Voice)
2004 Hellboy Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm
2005 Short Order Felix
2005 Valiant Felix
2005 Manderlay Narrator (Voice)
2005 The Skeleton Key Ben Devereaux
2005 Shooting Dogs Christopher
2005 The Proposition Jellon Lamb
2005 V For Vendetta Adam Sutler
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Narrator (Voice)
2007 Boxers Le père de Fanny
2008 The Oxford Murders Arthur Seldom
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dr. Harold Oxley
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm
2008 Outlander Hrothgar
2008 Lecture 21 Mondrian Kilroy
2008 New York, I Love You (Segment: “Shekhar Kapur”) Bellhop
2009 The Limits of Control Guitar
2009 44 Inch Chest Old Man Peanut
2010 Lou Doyle
2010 A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures Grandpa Sammy (Voice)
2010 Brighton Rock Phil Corkery
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Garrick Ollivander
2010 Ultramarines: The Movie Carnak (Voice)
2011 Regret Not Speaking N/A
2011 Melancholia Dexter
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Garrick Ollivander
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Control
2011 Immortals Old Man / Narrator
2011 The Confession Priest
2012 Jayne Mansfield’s Car Kingsley Bedford
2012 In Love with Alma Cogan Master Of Ceremonies
2012 Sightseers Narrator – Blake’s “Jerusalem” (Voice)
2013 Charlie Countryman Narrator (Removed)
2013 Only Lovers Left Alive Christopher Marlowe
2013 Swan Lake 3D – Live from the Mariinsky Theatre Winter Palace / Himself (Voice)
2013 Snowpiercer Gilliam
2013 More Than Honey Narrator (Voice)
2013 Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict Narrator
2014 Hercules Cotys, King of Thrace
2015 A.K.A Nadia 347
2015 The Absinthe Drinkers Antonio Argenti
2015 Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure Sailor John
2016 ChickLit Francis Bonar
2016 The Journey Harry Patterson
2016 Jackie The Priest
2017 That Good Night Ralph
2017 Back To Utopia Peter Panludic (Voice)
2017 Damascus Cover Miki
2017 My Name Is Lenny Leslie Salmon
2017 Darkest Hour Neville Chamberlain


1961 Drama 61–67 Private Briggs Episode 1.16: “Drama ’61: Local Incident”
1962 Z-Cars James Hogan Episode 1.29: “Assault”
1963 First Night Garry Episode 1.12: “Menace”
1964 Armchair Theatre Unknown Episode 4.102: “A Jug of Bread”
1964 Thursday Theatre Orpheus Episode 1.11: “Point of Departure”
1964-1965 ITV Play of the Week Various characters 3 episodes
1965 Gideon’s Way Freddy Tinsdale Episode 1.14: “The Tin God”
1973 Wessex Tales Joshua Harlborough Episode 1.3: “A Tragedy of Two Ambitions”
1974 The Playboy Of The Western World Christopher “Christy” Mahon Television film
1975 The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp Television film
1976 Shades of Greene Fred Episode 2.6: “A Drive in the Country”
1976 Play For Today Alec Cassell Episode 6.22: “The Peddler”
1976 The Sweeney Tony Grey Episode 3.4: “Tomorrow Man”
1976 I, Claudius Caligula Television miniseries
1977 Spectre Mitri Cyon Television film
1979 Crime And Punishment Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov Television miniseries
1983 King Lear The Fool Television film
1988 Deadline Granville Jones Television film
1988 The Storyteller The Storyteller 9 episodes
1990 The Investigation: Inside a Terrorist Bombing Chris Mullin Television film
1991 Journey to Knock Alfred Television film
1991 Red Fox Archie Carpenter Television miniseries
1992 Six Characters in Search of an Author The Father Television film
1993 Great Moments in Aviation Rex Goodyear Television film
1994 Picture Windows Le Compte Television miniseries
1995 Prisoners in Time Eric Lomax N/A
1999-2000 Watership Down General Woundwort (Voice) Series 1 and 2
2001 Beckett on Film – Krapp’s Last Tape Krapp Television film
2002 Bait Jack Blake Television film
2004 The Alan Clark Diaries Alan Clark Television serial
2004 Pride Harry (Voice) Television film
2005 Hiroshima Narrator (Voice) Television film
2007 Hellboy: Blood and Iron Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm (Voice) Television film
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Samswope Episode 1.4: “The Discarded”
2008 Recount Warren Christopher Television film
2008-2012 Merlin The Great Dragon, Kilgharrah (Voice) Television series
2009 The Gruffalo The Owl (Voice) Television film (Children’s)
2009 An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp Television film
2010 Whistle and I’ll Come to You James Parkin Television film
2010 Human Planet Narrator (Voice) Television documentary
2011 Harry’s Arctic Heroes Narrator (Voice) Television documentary
2011 Planet Dinosaur Narrator (Voice) Television documentary
2011 The Gruffalo’s Child The Owl (Voice) Television film (Children’s)
2012 Labyrinth Audric Baillard Television miniseries
2012 The Hollow Crown: Henry V The Chorus Television film
2012 Playhouse Presents The Ministry (Voice) 1 episode
2013 Doctor Who The War Doctor 3 episodes
2014 The Strain Professor Abraham Setrakian Unaired Pilot (Replaced)
2015 The Last Panthers Tom Kendle N/A


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