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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 Journey (2017) Review

Very Good

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in The Queen or Frost/Nixon. Even though screenwriter Colin Bateman (Murphy's Law) aims more for entertainment value than pointed character drama, the film is solidly gripping, drawing plenty of brittle humour and complex emotion out of the story.

It's set in 2006, as peace talks about Ireland are taking place in St. Andrews. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Toby Stephens) is trying to orchestrate a meeting between mortal enemies Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney). But there's a hitch when Ian needs to return to Belfast for his 59th wedding anniversary party. In a surprise move, Martin insists on accompanying Ian, citing protocol as a reason. Seeing his chance, MI5 expert Harry (John Hurt) puts a plan in motion for them to travel to Edinburgh together to catch the flight, planting a cheerful young spy (Freddie Highmore) as their driver. The question is whether he can manipulate their journey and cause them to start talking.

As the ice between these stubborn men begins to thaw, the script contrives to push them together with things like a petrol stop, a flat tyre, an injured deer on the roadside and a time-wasting detour through the woods that's intended to break their silence. The two actors have a great time maintaining their bluster through all of this. Spall gives Paisley an imperious attitude that has cleverly wry undercurrents. His rant at a shop clerk about a declined credit card is delivered with biblical proportions. And Meaney has some heart-stopping moments of his own. Both actors clearly relish the snaky, engaging dialogue as they quietly reveal the real men beneath the tough public personae. By contrast, Highmore seems eerily charisma-free as their driver, but there's more fun to be had from Hurt, Stephens and others as hapless officials watching on hidden cameras.

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From Doctor Who To Elephant Man: 10 Of John Hurt's Most Memorable Acting Roles


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It was a great shock to movie lovers everywhere that Sir John Hurt had passed away at the age of 77. He was a unique star in that he never became outdated, and his versatility as an actor was what kept him in major movies for well over 50 years.

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One of his last movies was the Academy Award nominated 'Jackie' starring Natalie Portman, and he had finished filming three other projects before he died: them being 'That Good Night', 'Damascus Cover' and 'My Name Is Lenny'. He was also in the process of filming Joe Wright's Winston Churchill movie 'Darkest Hour'.

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Sir John Hurt Dies Aged 77


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Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hurt rose to fame in the 1970s, following his role as the flamboyant Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant. In 1980 he received his second Academy Award nomination for his role as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.

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Actor John Hurt seen entering The All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon on the thirteenth day of The Championships. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th July 2016

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The Legend Of Tarzan Trailer


When Lord John and Lady Greystoke found themselves stranded in strange jungle, their only instinct was to survive. Lord Greystoke built a shelter in the trees and made a home for him, his wife and his new born son, John Greystoke Jr.. As time passed, the jungle grew wilder and both the lord and lady lose their lives. John is found in his crib by a nursing Gorilla who decides to take the baby and nurse him as her own. So begins the legendary tale of Tarzan.

As Tarzan grows stronger, he knows he's different from the rest of his tribe and when he discovers the house his father built it teaches Tarzan about a whole new world full of people just like him. The boy grows into a man and eventually climbs the ranks in his pack to become head of the group. Tarazan - King Of The Jungle.

When a boat is shipwrecked, Tarzan meets his Jane and the two fall in love. Wishing to seek out his homeland and learn more about where he comes from Tarzan and Jane return to London where Lord John Greystoke Jr is soon found to be just of much of a gentleman that of his father.

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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.

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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.

John HurtJohn Hurt has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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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John Hurt - Doctor Who cast filming on location for the 50th anniversary of the BBC series, 'An Adventure in Time And Space'. - Chepstow, Wales, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

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John Hurt - Liberatum Annual London Honour Dinner held at the W Hotel - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th April 2013

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John Hurt Wednesday 28th September 2011 Uk Premiere of 'Melancholia' at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema - Arrivals London, England

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John Hurt and ITV Studios Thursday 22nd September 2011 leaving the ITV studios after appearing London, England

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John Hurt

Date of birth

22nd January, 1940

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Actor

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The Journey (2017) Movie Review

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