R.I.P. John Hurt

The legendary John Hurt has died at the age of 77. Hurt recently battled pancreatic cancer but was given the all clear in late 2015.

Hurt contemplated his demise during an interview he did in 2015 while fighting the disease: “I can’t say I worry about mortality, but it’s impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We’re all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.”

Summing up himself once he said of his career that it was “not bad for an old drunk”. Indeed, his work can not be summed up easily as it was so large. On film his work spanned the likes of “Alien,” “1984,” “Midnight Express,” “Spaceballs,” “The Elephant Man,” “Heaven’s Gate,” “History of the World: Part I,” “The Osterman Weekend,” “The Black Cauldron,” “Watership Down,” “King Ralph,” “Scandal,” “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues ,” “Dead Man,” “Rob Roy,” “Contact,” “Night Train,” “Crime and Punishment,” “Dogville,” “Outlander,” “The Proposition,” “V for Vendetta,” “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” “Manderlay,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “The Limits of Control,” “44 inch Chest,” “An Englishman in New York,” “Melancholia,” “Brighton Rock,” “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “Snowpiercer,” “Hercules,” “Jackie” and the “Hellboy” and “Harry Potter” films. And that’s only some of the films he appeared in.

On television he occupied the rare honor of being one of the official versions of The Doctor in “Doctor Who,” the flamboyant but insane Caligula in “I, Claudius,” the voice of the dragon in “Merlin,” the voice of General Woundwort in the series version of “Watership Down,” a priest in “The Confession,” a key role in the recent “The Last Panthers,” and the titular character of “The Alan Clark Diaries” and “The Storyteller”.

His last work will be the upcoming Winston Churchill film “Darkest Hour” in the role of Neville Chamberlain. He is survived by his wife Anwen Rees-Myers. The couple had been married for 12 years.