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John Hurt (born 22.01.1940) John Hurt is an English actor whose best known films include 'The Elephant Man' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'.

Childhood: John Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. His parents were Phyllis an actress and engineer, and Arnould Hurt, a mathematician and vicar. He had a strict upbringing, not being allowed to attend the cinema which they lived near or have certain friends. He attended the Anglican St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Kent where he got involved in school plays. He has revealed that he was sexually abused by the Senior Master; an experience that he was hugely affected by. He boarded at Christ's Hospital School in Lincoln and later enrolled in Grimsby Art School studying art at his parents' encouragement. He won a scholarship to study art at Central St. Martin's College but still struggled financially so he sold nude portraits of willing friends. He also landed a scholarship at RADA before he started television acting.

Acting career: John Hurt made his film debut in 'The Wild and the Willing' in 1962. He landed his first big role in 1966 in 'A Man for All Seasons' which also starred Paul Scofield and Orson Welles. In 1975, he earned a British Academy Television Award for his part in the TV play 'The Naked Civil Servant'. In 1978, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his appearance in 'Midnight Express' alongside Brad Davis. That year he also voiced Hazel in 'Watership Down'and Aragorn in Ralph Bakshi's animated version of 'Lord of the Rings'. In 1979, he starred in 'Alien' opposite Sigourney Weaver and the following year earned a BAFTA award for playing John Merrick in 'The Elephant Man' alongside Anthony Hopkins - the role also earned him an Academy Award nomination. In 1983, he appeared alonside Rutger Hauer and Burt Lancaster in 'The Osterman Weekend'. 1984 saw him as the main character in the adaptation of George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' alongside Richard Burton. In 1985, he voiced the Horned King in Disney's 'The Black Cauldron'. In 1988, he was the narrator in Jim Henson's TV series 'The StoryTeller'. He appeared with Richard Harris in Jim Sheridan's 1990 film 'The Field' for which he was nominated a BAFTA. In 2001, he made an appearance in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', reprising his role as Ollivander in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' and 'Part 2' alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. In 2006, he played the fascist dictator in 'V for Vendetta' which also starred Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. In 2008, he appeared opposite Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'. He made an appearance in the popular BBC series 'Merlin'. 2009 saw him play Big Brother in a theatre adaptation of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' which premiered in Bradford.

Personal life: John Hurt married actress Annette Robertson in 1962, though they were divorced two years later. In 1967, he met French model Marie-Lise Volpeliere-Pierrot. They planned to marry 15 years later but she was killed after getting thrown off her horse in 1983. He married Donna Peacock in 1984 and moved to Kenya. They divorced in 1990. In 1990, he married Joan Dalton and had two sons, Sasha John Vincent and Nick Hurt. They were divorced in 1996. He had a seven year relationship with Sarah Owens but separated in 2002. He married Anwen Rees Meyers in 2005 and lives with her in Cromer, Norfolk. In 2004, he was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 2006, he became a patron for Project Harar, a charity for children with facial disfigurements in Ethiopia. He is also a patron of QUAD.



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The Revenant UK Film Premiere - Arrivals

John Hurt - The Revenant UK Film Premiere at the Empire, Leicester Square, London - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th January 2016

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The Revenant UK Film Premiere

John Hurt - The Revenant UK Film Premiere at the Empire, Leicester Square, London at Empire, Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th January 2016

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The Revenant Premiere, Empire Cinema

John Hurt - Cast and Director attend the UK Premiere of "The Revenant" at Empire Cinemas in London. at Empire Cinema - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th January 2016

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The UK Premiere Of 'The Revenant'

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Revenant UK Premiere

John Hurt - The Revenant UK film Premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals. at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th January 2016

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The Legend Of Tarzan - Teaser Trailer


Who would've thought that a boy who grew up with apes in the jungle could turn into a well-respected lord who's not only adjusted to 'civilised' life - become accustom to it too. Tarzan is no longer the boy who was written about in all the books, he's a lord and lives with the love of his life, Jane.

When John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan) is approached by the government to travel back to the Congo become an ambassador for the Parliament he reluctantly accepts under forced circumstances. What Tarzan doesn't know is that he's about to play exactly into the hands of Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian businessman and hunter who's fierce rule is taking over Tarzan's old home.

Having kidnapped Jane, Tarzan's love Captain Leon Rom knows Tarzan will track her down. Both parties are not only pitted against one another but the jungle and its residents also make a battle cry which could result in disastrous consequences.

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David Bowie Creates Moody New Track 'Blackstar' For ‘The Last Panthers’ Opening Credits – Listen Here


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David Bowie has turned his considerable talents to create a new track, entitled ‘Blackstar’, especially for the opening credits of The Last Panthers. The moody new track plays over dark opening credits which include snapshots of medieval and animal imagery as well as broken glass, smoking guns and falling bodies.

David Bowie and ImanDavid Bowie and his wife Iman at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York.

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John Hurt Given All Clear On Cancer, Four Months After Revealing Diagnosis


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Four months after John Hurt revealed his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, the 75-year-old British actor has been given the all clear by his doctors. Appearing at the Man Booker Prize in London on Tuesday evening (13th October), Hurt described his joy at being given the all clear.

John HurtJohn Hurt with his wife, Anwen Rees-Meyers, at the London premiere of Suffragette in October 2015.

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John Hurt Receives Knighthood One Month After Revealing Cancer Diagnosis


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Veteran actor John Hurt has been awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. The 75 year old received the honour during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday, where he was accompanied by his wife Anwen Hurt.

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The actor is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, which he said is going ‘really well’. "I'm halfway through my chemotherapy and I've got a whole load of tests next week," he told Sky News after the ceremony.

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John Hurt "Undergoing Treatment" For Cancer, Promises To Continue Working


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Sir John Hurt has been diagnosed with cancer but will continue to work despite his illness. The 75-year-old has received treatment for pancreatic cancer but remains optimistic about his prognosis. His doctors are also hopeful about his chances of recovery, the Doctor Who actor revealed on Tuesday (17th June).

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John Hurt Reveals Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis


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Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has revealed he’s battling pancreatic cancer but says he is “more than optimistic” about his future.

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In a statement released today (June 16th) the 75 year old said, “I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement. I have recently been diagnosed with early-stage pancreatic cancer.”

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Hercules Review


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Far more entertaining than it has any right to be, this is a big, messy blockbuster retelling of the Greek myth that thankfully has a sharp sense of humour and some surprising twists up its sleeve. The cast is also packed with veteran performers who know how to make the most of some eyebrow-raising innuendo, generating intrigue while keeping the audience laughing with them rather than at them.

The premise takes a revisionist approach, grounding the legend of the demigod Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) in real stories that have been exaggerated by his nephew Iolaus (Reece Ritchie), who travels with him as a kind of toga-era marketing expert. Their team of mercenaries includes wryly fatalistic seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), quick-witted blade-thrower Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), bow-wielding amazon Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and loyal mute warrior Tydeus (Aksel Hennie). When they're offered a fortune by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to quell a rebellion, they find themselves in the middle of a massive battle that doesn't go the way they expected. And as events take unforeseen turns, Hercules and his gang have to dig deep to turn the tide in their favour.

Johnson is a natural in the role, so massively pumped up that he looks like he could be popped with a pin. His hulking physique and just enough back-story give the character's reputation some weight, both literally and figuratively, so even if he's not half-god his achievements are still pretty impressive. (There are also plenty of hints that he may turn out to be a god after all.) And the surrounding characters add to this with cleverly written roles that are expertly played by British scene-stealers Hurt, McShane, Sewell, Mullan and Fiennes. McShane is so good that he essentially walks off with the whole movie. But relative newcomers Ritchie, Hennie and Berdal more than hold their own.

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Hercules - Extended Trailer


Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his people, all Hercules wants from life is to rest quietly with a loving family. Unfortunately for him, now is not the time for resting as the gods have delivered another bout of chaos to the world. Being well known by all as a man with all the strength of a god, Hercules is forced to lead a battle against a new menace as the King of Thrace gets him and some like minded warriors to band together as the world's most formidable army. They must defeat a powerful rival general as the vicious descendents of Hades infect the land. It's a deadly mission, the minions of hell being immortal and ruthless, and their defeat can only be accomplished by someone with power above the mortal realm.

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Does Dwayne Johnson Have The A-List Clout To Carry 'Hercules'?


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Despite packing a pretty tremendous supporting cast including Ian McShane, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell, Brett Ratner's 3-D epic Hercules is about only one actor: Dwayne Johnson. The former WWE superstar has proved his clout in the blockbuster box-office game, though Paramount's new big-budget action is almost certainly his biggest test yet.

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A second trailer for Hercules rolled out online this week, with the divine hero on the hunt for revenge against the gods who murdered his family. He battles both man and beast, including the multi-headed serpent Hydra and the hellhound Cerberus. 

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Snowpiercer Trailer


In a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly ice age has taken over the Earth, there are only a few survivors, all of whom have taken shelter in an enormous train propelled by perpetual motion. While the rich and powerful live in luxury at the front end of the locomotive, the poor have been forced to dwell at the tail with limited supplies by the dictatorial Minister Mason. During a routine deliverance of protein blocks, one tail inhabitant, Curtis, decides to round up a rebel army to invade the front, though no-one could have imagined the amount of bloodshed the ensuing revolt would trigger. In a bid to destroy the barbaric class hierarchy this new life has caused, Curtis plots a major act of disaster. It starts to look like the human race really will be the death of themselves.

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John Hurt

Date of birth

22nd January, 1940

Occupation

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Sex

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